His AAU season as a team with Sports U might not have gone according to plan, but point guard Tarin Smith thought he showed well in lieu of his team's struggles.
"I thought I played well," he said. "I played hard and I played smart. We didn't go as far as we wanted to in a lot of tournaments, but I thought I did a good job."
When he's on his game, Smith is known as a guy that can into the lane and create for others off the bounce.
Some schools are recruiting him as a pure point guard, while some see the ability to change it up depending on lineups.
With the Billikens, assistant coach Jim Platt has been the point man with his recruitment.
"I speak to him all the time," he said. "We have a pretty good relationship. SLU is an A-10 program that is on the rise. They obviously did really well last year and made it to the tournament."
A number of other programs are coming hard at him, including Lehigh, Princeton, Harvard, Boston College, and Creighton.
Will a visit come soon?
"I'm trying to get down there," he said. "I'm interested and the A-10 is a conference I would really like to play in. I want to get things done before my senior year. At the latest, mid-September."
What's he looking for?
"I want to find a good academic school first," he said. "Also a place where they develop their players and I have a chance to win. Lastly, I want a good relationship with the coaching staff. Someone I can go to war with."