HOOPS RECRUITING: Smith has OU in top two

Coveted Fort Worth, Texas forward Jeremis Smith names his top two and talks about his interest in Oklahoma


Talk about a guy who is exploding up the charts. Ask anybody who covers or watches high school basketball in Texas, and they will tell you that Smith is one of the elite players in the Lone Star State.

Smith is a rare four-year starter who was so talented early that he averaged 14 points a game as a freshman. He stepped it up as a sophomore to 17 ppg and then last year at 22 ppg.

"I hope I can step that up to about 30 this year," said Smith. "I averaged 33 points per game in AAU ball and I figure I can get it up there this year in high school ball as well."

Smith plays on the talented MLK Mash AAU team each summer and he has been matched up against some of the very best high school basketball stars in Texas. Smith is very tough on the boards, averaging 10 per game and knows that his game is ready to take off to the national level.

"I am not really concentrating on how I rate on a state level, because I know that I can play with anybody in Texas," said Smith. "Right now I am concentrating to taking my game to a national level so that I can play with anybody in the country."

Smith has received offers from OU, Kansas, Arizona, OSU, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and many others. He has received offers from every school in the Big 12 except Texas, and that is because the Longhorns have run out of scholarships for the 2004 year.

"My top two schools are OU and Arizona right now," said Smith. "I really like Oklahoma. I like the facility, the head coach, and Oklahoma's style of play fits me perfectly. I guess you could say the same thing at Arizona. Right now I can't see a lot of difference in the two programs. Both programs play the same style."

Smith says that distance isn't going to play a factor in his decision. He plans to visit both schools this in the fall.

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