Smith prepping for the SAT

J.R. Smith has said that UNC will offer him a scholarship as soon as he gets the qualifying SAT score. <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman gets the latest on Smith's academic situation.

Those North Carolina diehards that are hoping to get J.R. Smith in the fold as soon as possible will likely have to wait a while longer.

Smith told Inside Carolina last month that the primary factor in not yet receiving a scholarship offer from Matt Doherty was because he needed to raise his SAT score.

"He hasn't even taken the SAT yet," St. Benedict's (N.J.) coach Dan Hurley said moments before his club was scheduled to tip-off against Blair Academy and it's highly touted duo of Loul Deng and Charlie Villanueva on Thursday afternoon.

"He never took it last year when he was at Lakewood and we don't want him to take it until he goes through our SAT preparation class," added Hurley. "We don't want him to take it until he's prepared."

While Smith's academics seem to be the major holdup before a scholarship is extended, Hurley doesn't feel that it will be a major stumbling block.

"If he does what he's supposed to do over the next two years, he should be fine," Hurley added.

Hurley also said that UNC, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Villanova have been the four schools that have been the most aggressive in their pursuit of the 6-5 junior. Kentucky has also been calling.

Smith also mentions Louisville after head man Rick Pitino had a chance to watch him recently.

The versatile Smith has had an up-and-down season so far at St. Benedict's. On some nights, as in a win over Heritage Christian, he's simply unstoppable. He scored a season-high 30 points and knocked down four trifectas in the 85-69 win. But then he managed to score just nine points in a 65-45 loss to Our Savior.


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