Smith Heading To Winston-Salem Again

With Mike Conley close to being a Buckeye, Wake Forest has moved their attention to local point guard Ishmael Smith. He was at the NBA camp this past weekend and spoke with Evan Daniels of

One of the biggest surprises at the National Basketball Players Association camp came in a small package. The package is 5-foot-11 Ishmael Smith.

Smith grabbed the attention of many onlookers this weekend in Richmond, VA., by running the floor and consistently finding the open man -- not to mention he made some unreal passes. Whether it was throwing a no look behind the back pass or dropping a between the legs pass to a slashing teammate, Smith flat out got it done.

"I'm playing well," Smith said about his play at the camp. "I think sometimes you can't play at your top potential because everyone wants to showcase their talent. But I think I'm not playing too bad."

While relatively an unknown name, Smith had an incredible high school year this past season. According to Smith, he averaged 25 points and 10 assists per game and he led Central Cabarrus High School to the section finals where they lost to the eventual state champion.

The crafty point guard was at Wake Forest two weeks ago for Wake's elite camp and he's heading back this coming Thursday for a visit.

"I'm going to go down there, take a visit and see how it goes," Smith stated. "It's a great school, not to far from home. Just right 45 minutes up the road. I'm going to go down there and see what I like about it."

Smith said his top three schools are South Carolina, Clemson, and Wake Forest, but there is one school that he likes more than the others.

"Out of all three of them, I'd probably have to say Wake," Smith replied when asked if he had a favorite. "Because of the year they've had and the way they play. They love to get up and down the floor and I love to push it."

With offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Xavier, and East Carolina Smith knows all about the recruiting process and is enjoying most of it.

"It's fun, it's been stressful a little bit, but it's fun," Smith said. "Now they [coaches] get to call so there are some people you might not want to call and they'll call you. But hey some kids aren't getting that, so I'm thankful."

So what will factor into Smith's decision the most? "I'd probably say style of play. Playing time you have to prove in practice. I mean you're not just going to walk in and take somebody spot.

With his visit just a few days away, Smith was asked if he could possibly commit while in Winston-Salem this coming weekend and he responded, "That is a possibility," he said.

Stay tuned to DeaconSports following his visit for more on Smith and his recruitment!

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