Smith Gets Ready For Visits

Grove City (Ohio) High School forward Jonathan Smith has drawn a lot of attention from Mid-American Conference and mid-major basketball programs so far this spring. Later this month, he'll make some visits and try to narrow down his list of potential destinations.

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward is being looked at as either a small forward or power forward and has racked up a couple scholarship offers and drawn interest from several others.

"I've got a couple schools that have offered me so far," Smith said.

Smith said he has offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, James Madison, Saint Louis, Miami (Ohio) and Albany. He said Ohio, Western Michigan and Ball State have shown interest, while Cincinnati and Providence have also called.

"Mostly MAC schools or mid-majors," Smith said.

Smith made an unofficial visit to Saint Louis University a couple weeks ago.

"It was good," he said. "I got to meet up with coach (Rick) Majerus. He's a cool guy. I got to talk with (assistant coach Paul) Biancardi, too."

Smith said the Billikens are recruiting him as a combo forward.

"They want to put me at a three or four and maybe swing me to more of a true three," Smith said.

The Grove City standout, who said he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots per game as a junior, usually plays either center or power forward for his high school team. But the programs recruiting Smith are looking at him at either forward spot.

"I like to think of myself as more of a three," Smith said, "but a lot of coaches see me as an athletic four man."

Smith will get to see a couple of the schools on his list soon. He said he will journey with Grove City to team camps at Wright State, Bowling Green and Marshall and then take unofficial visits to James Madison, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green.

As far as what he is looking for in a college program, Smith said he'd like to go to a school with a winning tradition, so even if the coach that recruits him leaves, the team will still have that tradition of success.

At this point in the process Smith is still wide open with his college decision.

"I really don't have any favorites," Smith said. "I'm going to narrow it down at the end of the summer, but right now I'm waiting to let it smooth itself out and visit as many schools as I can and find out as much as I can about the schools. The more I visit schools I'll be able to narrow it down."

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