Smith Talks Wake Visit

Wisconsin shooting guard Jerry Smith and his family have been on the road the past few weeks, taking visits to schools across the country. DeaconSports spoke with Jerry Smith's father on Thursday about their travels, what he is looking for in a college, and his thoughts about Wake Forest.

Over the past few months, Jerry Smith and his family have traveled the country, visiting the likes of Kansas, Wisconsin, Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, Iowa, and Wake Forest. The Smiths' latest visit was the lengthy trip from Wisconsin down to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to visit Wake Forest.

The visit went well for the Smith family. "[It's definitely] a great place," said the father of shooting guard Jerry Smith. "Coach Prosser has an uptempo style and that's [Jerry] at his best. The style of play, campus, and academic setting are second to none. It's the best conference in college basketball and.from me doing my homework, the coaches are great guys. It's a great, great coaching staff that is highly respected among their colleagues."

The enrollment at Wake, coaching staff, academics, graduation rate, and the support for the students academically were all positives that came out of the visit to Wake Forest for the younger Smith. Jerry Smith was also able to talk with many of the players at Wake Forest. "He also got to talk to some quality guys, Chris and Justin, and don't forget about Downey."

Smith enjoyed his visit and will likely visit again in the spring. The Deacons have now offered Smith along with a host of other schools including Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Kansas, Purdue, Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Texas A&M. Other schools including UConn, Louisville, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Nebraska, and more have been in contact as well. Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Marquette are four of the schools who have recruited Smith the longest.

Although Smith enjoyed his visit to Wake Forest, he also enjoyed his other recent trips as well and does not currently name a leader. Expect Smith to make more visits, perhaps to other offering schools, in the spring. The family may make a return trip to Winston-Salem in the spring as well.

With plenty of options to choose from, one school will get a great player, not to mention a quality individual who is looking for a great education to go along with great athletics. On the court, Smith has all the tools to be a great player at the college level. "The best thing is that he's poised," the elder Smith said. "His confidence, his ability to shoot it consistently from the perimeter or to make the outside dish, and to finish. He's got the ability to defend and rebound. It's difficult yet simple to describe his game because he's pretty round athletically. You name it, he does a pretty good job at it. Still, he's an unselfish player at the same time. He's got a very good feel of the game and knows how to play the game."

Don't just take Mr. Smith's word for it, however. Check the stats or the state record books. As a sophomore, the 6'3 shooting guard averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists per game. Smith was also the first player in Wisconsin state history to be named All-State first team as a sophomore. He was named first team All-Conference, first team All-City, first team All-Area, and first team All-State.

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