Smith Sets High Goals

Ishmael Smith talks about his goals at Wake as well as the atmosphere at the Duke game this past weekend.

Ishmael Smith has high hopes and dreams for his playing days at Wake Forest. The 6-foot point guard of Central Cabarrus, NC looks up to a former Deacon point guard and he already has a goal in place to try and be better than him.

The point guard is none other than Chris Paul. Paul was an amazing talent at Wake Forest and was honored at their last home game against Duke. Smith was at the game as well and he said he wants to learn as much as possible from the former Deac.

"I've talked to him several times. When I get down there I want to talk to him some more about different things and see how he did it," Smith said. "My goal is to try and be better than him, which is going to be pretty hard work."

The quick and crafty guard is off to a great start this season as he averages 24 points and 9 assists per game. While Smith admitted his high school team lost pretty bad to Oak Hill, he said that he put up 30 points and 9 assists against them last month.

The Wake Forest commit is only a few months away from becoming a Demon Deacon and he has already been on campus a number of times. He said that he went to a few practices before the season started and he has attended the Appalachian State game and the Duke game.

"It was fun. That atmosphere was something to look forward," he said of the Duke game. "That was fun. I really thought we could beat Duke. If Trent made that dunk, man it would have been three point game."

"They are talented. And I really think that they could be sneaky. They could be a big time team. I think we've played to the level of the competition. I felt like against Duke we made all those turnovers in the first half and we were still in the game."

The talented guard has been working hard so that he can possibly make an impact as soon as he hits the Wake Forest campus. One thing he feels he can bring to the table is leadership.

"I hope some leadership. Go out there even though I'm a freshmen scratch that name out even if I am freshmen. I want to out work everyone on the team. I want to get the ball out there and push. We want to get the ball out and push it."

Smith also believes that his recruiting class is a little underrated.

"I think we are talented. That's what I love about us. No disrespect to Carolina they got Tywon Lawson and Wayne Elllington and then you got Ohio State but I think one to five we are very good. We just got to come in with the right mindset."

Smith said he will continue to work hard through the season and off season and he hopes that he can catch up with Paul during the summer and learn a few tricks.

"Hopefully I can be around there this summer and play with him a little bit. But that's my goal which is to be better than Chris and that's going to take some pretty hard work."

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