CW: J.R. Smith Spotlight

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- J.R. Smith said he's ready to become a Tar Heel, but it's not nearly that simple.

When North Carolina assistant Fred Quartlebaum visited him at St. Benedict's (N.J.) this week, Smith wanted to bring his recruitment to an end.

"Coach Q came to school on Thursday and I was trying to make a commitment," he said Friday at the Charlie Weber Invitational. St. Benedict's coach Danny Hurley was present during the interaction.

"I told him I was ready to commit and he told me [via Coach Hurley] that I needed to hold off until I got my SAT [score] back."

So, while he waits to get the qualifying scores, Smith is getting adjusted to life at a private school. He enrolled at Danny Hurley's St. Benedict's program.

"They've got a great coach, great family history and I knew I'd learn the game and he'd push me harder than anywhere else," he said.

Smith, who has also received interest for his talents on the gridiron, has given up football this year, though he'd like to play in college.

And the school list? It's pretty simple.

"I've dropped it down to two: Carolina and Duke," he said.

Knowing where he stands with UNC, what about the Blue Devils?

"They send a lot of letters but I don't think they're going to offer me," he said, citing that an article this summer in a N.J. paper that focused on his desire to attend UNC appeared to scare off the Duke staff.

Clint's Scouting Report

J.R is such an athlete. He's an elite skywalker, but he can shoot. Usually, with these elite wing players – they can sky, but they can't shoot. Smith breaks the mold. He loves to bolt out on the wing and he grabs rebounds and starts the break himself as well. His shot was a bit off early, but he found his touch later in the game with a beautiful baseline trey and another from the top-right of the key. Smith needs to be a little more consistent, but he's going to be right there with the top 25 players in his class.

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