Smith Preps For Senior Season

Wake Forest's fourth commit in the class of 2006, Ishmael Smith, spoke with Evan Daniels of Deaconsports.com and spoke about his upcoming high school season and his future at Wake Forest.

Ishmael Smith, of Concord, North Carolina, wasn't known by many before the summer, but now the 5-foot-11 point guard is set to attend Wake Forest next year. Smith didn't attend very many major events this summer, but he did participate in the NBPA camp in Richmond, VA., and he made the most of the experience.

"It went well. It was fun. I had a real good experience at NBA camp," Smith said. "Seeing all of the talented players and seeing where you stand and who your going to run into in college basketball that's always fun."

The speedy point guard had offers from Clemson, Charlotte, South Carolina, East Carolina, and Xavier but chose to become a Demon Deacon because of their style of play and Chris Paul.

"I would probably have to say style of play," Smith stated. "He was exciting and really Wake Forest was a good college. But I think Chris Paul really put them on the map with the way they play. Coach Prosser changed the whole way they played when he walked in their four or five years ago."

While school just started, Smith is already working out with his high school coaches to get prepared for his last high school season and for college soon after.

"In North Carolina there is a rule where you can have four players in for 45 minutes and then the next 45 minutes you can bring in 4 more players and we started today working out with the coach."

"I do know this when you go into college basketball you have to work your tail off. Because that junior or that senior isn't going to let you slide in there," Smith said.

The Central Cabarrus HS product is known as an extremely quick point guard that gets the ball end to end as fast as anyone, but Smith said he is still trying to improve all aspects of his game.

"Strength and I'd say all aspects of the game because you go from high school basketball where you play against kids to playing against grown men," Smith said when asked what he was working on the most. "I'm trying to pin point strength."

While Smith and the coaching staff haven't been in much contact recently, Smith said that he hopes to make it down to Winston-Salem for a practice this season.

"I've always tried to keep in touch with them. During the season hopefully I'm going to try and make it up to a couple of practices. And try to get the system so I can try and get a head start."

Smith was the fourth commit to Wake Forest in the class of 2006. He joined Jamie Skeen, Anthony Gurley, and L.D. Williams. But the staff isn't quite done, and they are looking for another solid big man to round out the class.


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