Jerry Smith Stays Busy

Jerry Smith, who is one of the top shooting guards in Wisconsin, has taken visits to many schools and has one planned for Wake Forest. Evan Daniels of talked to Jerry Smith, Sr. about his son's recruitment.

The word "busy" describes junior Jerry Smith's recruitment perfectly. Smith is hearing from some major schools all over the country, and during the open period he received visits from Wake Forest, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Marquette, Kansas, Purdue, Stanford, Texas A&M, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has been traveling all over as well. He has unofficially visited Wisconsin, Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, Kansas, Iowa, and Purdue hosted him this past weekend.

While many schools are showing interest in Smith, he does have a top tier of schools. His dad mentioned that Kansas, Marquette, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin were among the schools that his son likes the best.

Mr. Smith discussed many of the schools recruiting his son, including the visit to Kansas for Midnight Madness.

"It was nice, it went ok, we enjoyed it," said Mr. Smith. "Most of all we enjoyed our visit with Coach Self. He's highly respected among his peers and he has an outstanding reputation not only as a coach but also as a person. He's a fantastic person, so we enjoyed that."

But Kansas was not the only school that the elder Smith raved about. Wisconsin, which has shown interest in Smith since day one, is close to home and that could prove to be a factor.

"They (Wisconsin) have a tremendous amount of success, and they had a nice run last year," Mr. Smith stated. "They are winning and they are graduating their athletes. They are coming in aggressively and recruiting him, they monitor everything very closely, just like some of the other coaches that are doing the same."

While Jerry Smith, Jr. and his father have visited many schools already, they plan to visit one more before the high school basketball season begins. Skip Prosser and the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest will host Jerry Smith and his family on an unofficial visit Halloween weekend.

"Right now we like the enrollment size, it's a smaller environment they have an outstanding graduation rate, and a phenomenal coaching staff," said the elder Smith about Wake Forest. "What is there not to like, they have a lot of tradition, and a tremendous amount of success. They are playing in one of the premier conferences in the U.S. I like Coach Prosser and Coach Kelsey as well."

The University of Louisville has recently been trying to get involved in Smith's recruitment, but Mr. Smith said it might be a little late.

"You know at some point, along the line, you have enough good schools to choose from. What's important to me is, will my son be able to go some where and be an impact player, and I don't see that at the University of Louisville considering they just signed seven guys. I see that he can be an impact player at all the other schools that I mentioned."

Although basketball is very important to the guard out of Wauwatosa, WI., academics will be a factor as well.

"Going to a very good academic institution where he will be able to use his basketball skills and not let his basketball skills use him," Mr. Smith replied when asked about other factors in the recruiting process.

The junior to be in high school still has a lot of time to mature on the basketball court, so a decision isn't likely any time soon.

"I don't see anything drastically happening till after spring or maybe even after traveling is over with."

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