"I went on and committed to Wake Forest University," said Ishmael Smith, a 5-11, 155-pound point guard.
"I just knew when I got down there it felt like home," Smith stated. "I had a gut feeling inside, and just thought I had to take it. And it's close to home."
Smith, who also had offers from Clemson, Charlotte, South Carolina, East Carolina, and Xavier, has recently exploded onto the national scene with an impressive early summer.
The point guard out of Concord, NC played well in the North Carolina state games in Cary earlier this month, carrying his team to a second place finish. He then had an impressive NBA camp, drawing rave reviews about his quickness, ability to see the floor, and willingness to make the right pass.
"It was excellent, [Skip Prosser] was telling me about the academics and everything about the size of the school and everything," Smith said about the visit. "It fit me well. The campus was beautiful. It's not too big and not to small. It's a real home like campus."
Chris Paul is one reason many guards are attracted to Wake Forest and the Demon Deacon coaching staff used that to their advantage.
"They showed me a lot of [the] campus, and they showed me a video of last year's team with Chris."
Smith joins Jamie Skeen, L.D. Williams, and Anthony Gurley as the fourth member of the Demon Deacons 2006 class.