NGC: Roscoe Smith Spotlight

PORTLAND -- After two sub par games from Roscoe Smith at the Nike Global Challenge, the 6-foot-7, 185-pounder came out in the championship game ready to dominate, and that's exactly what the talented rising junior wing did.

Up against a number of the nation's top prospects, Smith went 10-for-13 from the field, scoring 22 points and helping his USA squad to the championship of Nike's international tournament.

"It's been a good experience playing with some new fellas and the international players," Smith said.

"It's been good and I feel like I've played good," he continued. "We aren't really worried about individual stats, we are just trying to play team ball and trying to get the victory."

Through the three games, Smith scored a total of 36 points and 15 rebounds. The Baltimore (Md.) Walbrook product showed some versatility from the wing spot, was active on the glass and proved he could score by attacking off the dribble.

Smith's recruitment began picking up during the high school season, when a number of high major coaches stopped in for a workout at his high school. Now, it's reached a new level, as he has a bunch of schools involved in his recruitment.

Among the schools that have shown interest are UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Maryland, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Memphis, Louisville, Arizona, Xavier and Syracuse.

"It's complicated, but it's also fun at the same time, knowing that there are a lot of college coaches very interested in me," Smith said of the recruiting process.

The majority of the schools on his list have offered scholarships. Of the schools involved, only North Carolina, Duke and Memphis have yet to offer. Despite not offering, the Tar Heels watched him play in July and have been in recent contact.

"We've talked to North Carolina," Smith said. "Majority of the time I'm on the phone with them, but some of the time my father talks to them."

Smith is in no hurry with his recruitment. He said the initial plan is to make his final decision during his junior season.

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