One of the top basketball players in Michigan, and in fact, one of the top players in the country in the class of 2006 now has a leader, and he's not afraid to say who it is.
Bucknuts recently spoke with 6-3 shooting guard Ramar Smith, a 185-pounder from Detroit (Mich.) King, and Smith was very outspoken of whom he's currently leaning towards.
"I'm leaning towards UConn right now," Smith told Bucknuts in a phone interview. "They are my favorite. They (Connecticut) get to run a lot. I really like the way they play ball."
Scout Hoops ranks the 2-guard as the sixth-best nationally in the class of 2006. Currently, Smith is averaging about 22 points a game, as his high school team is 11-1 on the season.
Previously, Smith had been listing Cincinnati as his leader, but that has since changed in recent months.
"I'm still interested in them," Smith said of the Bearcats. "I'm looking at Illinois, U-Conn, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Georgetown, and Arizona, and a few others I guess."
He talked about the absence of in-state school, Michigan and also how much Michigan State might be interested.
"I've not really ever heard from Michigan, honestly," he said. "Michigan State has shown me a lot of interest, but I'm not really worried about staying home."
Another school, Ohio State, had reportedly been very interested in Smith.
However, Smith said while Ohio State was recruiting him a lot back in the summer and they have reportedly seen him play within the past month or so, he doesn't hear much from the Buckeyes.
"They were definitely looking at me, but I don't know if they stopped or what happened really," he added. "I know they came up to the camp in Georgia this summer, and maybe they have seen me since then, but I haven't really heard from them a lot."
Smith's stock dropped a little bit over the summer simply because of lacking consistency in his jumper, but that's a problem he's working to correct. His frame and athleticism makes him a big-time prospect even still.
"I've been working a lot on shooting, jumper wise," he acknowledged. "I've been shooting a lot of 15-footers especially working on my mid-range game."
Smith, who says he has grown up as a big Michael Jordan and recently, LeBron James fan, will take visits after his season is over with.
He's already working on a visit to Connecticut sometime within the next several weeks, but until then, he has a good idea of what he will look for in his final choice.
"Coaching is the biggest thing," Smith concluded in what he's
looking to find in a college. "I just want to go play, have fun, and go up
and down the floor a lot."