Allegany finished second at the NJCAA Tournament this past March, and Smith was one of the parts that fueled the Trojans' march to the championship game. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the 2000-2001 season.
As a junior, he as just as impressive for the Rams, recording 23 points and 14 rebounds per game and earning first team all-conference, second team all-South Jersey and honorable mention all-state recognition. Smith was team captain and MVP during both his junior and senior seasons, and finished his high school career with more than 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Smith has an impressive list of schools chasing him, but WVU is still high on the list. Others joining the Mountaineers in looking for his services are Maryland, LaSalle, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Xavier.
WVU's stiffest challenge for Smith figures to come from Maryland, which has lengthy ties with the Allegany program.
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