Smith Already a Top UNC Target

Roscoe Smith has taken a different approach to the summer. Instead of playing in event after event, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound rising junior wing has spent time prepping for the ACT and working on his individual game.

"He's a student athlete first and that was one of the reasons he didn't play in April," his father, Brian Smith, said. "He works hard on and off the court."

Despite not playing much in the spring, Smith -- ranked a Top 15 prospect in the class of 2010 by Scout.com -- still has plenty of options for whenever it comes time to make a college decision.

"It's just really early in the recruiting process," Smith said. "You'd think it's late, but it's early. He has a whole bunch of schools that are recruiting him. He's heard from all of the major head coaches."

"It's still early because everyday we get a new call and somebody else is coming in the picture," he continued.

At this point he's picked up interest from Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and West Virginia.

"Between Sunday and Wednesday he heard from every single one of the head coaches [on his list]," Smith said. "It's exciting for a kid to have so many major programs that want him to play for their program."

Roy Williams was among the coaches that put a call into Roscoe and, according to his father, North Carolina's head coach said he's planning to watch Roscoe as much as possible in July.

"He wanted to let Roscoe know that he's extremely interested in him and he definitely wants him to be a Tar Heel," the elder Smith said. "He said wherever he's at Roy Williams will be there."

Of all the schools recruiting him, North Carolina and Duke are the only two that haven't stepped up with a scholarship offer.

"When I talked to [Roy Williams] the other day, he said he does things a little differently and if they made an offer [Roscoe] probably wouldn't accept right now anyways," Smith said. "He just likes to build a relationship and get to know the kid and see the kid a couple of times."

Smith, who averaged 23.6 points a game for Baltimore (Md.) Walbrook last season, will play at the LeBron James Skills Academy in July and it could very well be the last event he plays at during the open period.

"That's where most of [the schools] will see him," Smith said. "They are all planning to see him the first day at LeBron."

When he gets back from the Skills Academy, Smith said he and his son are planning to cut down the school list to a more manageable number and hit the road for some campus visits.

"Once we feel like it slows down a little bit we'll sit down as a family and narrow it down to five or ten," Smith said. "Then we are going to try and get some unofficials in."

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