Smith very well could be the best player in the state of Illinois. If not, he's making a strong push for it. Today we caught up with his coach, Henry Cotton, who had plenty of praise for a player who finished with eye-popping numbers. Smith averaged 21 points a game, but also made a nice all-around contribution by averaging seven rebounds, seven assists, and six steals per game.
"I think he does everything well," Cotton said. "He does what we ask of him; his best days are ahead of him. Once he gets to college I think he'll be even better."
And plenty of colleges are hoping Smith ends up heading in their direction.
"Right now we're not saying who's on his list," Cotton stated. "The last time we did that we left a few teams off and some got upset about it. It's safe to say he's wide-open. I will tell right now the conference that's showing the most interest is the Big East."
There had been rumors connecting Smith to Illinois, but Cotton is not sure where those rumors came from.
"All I know is he's not been contacted by Illinois," Cotton acknowledged. "They came to see us play Crane, but I think that was more for Crandall Head. I mean they give him letters and a few emails, but not visits or anything like that."
Smith finished his senior year Wednesday night with 18 points, eight steals and seven rebounds as Marshall lost to Westchester St. Joseph 75-55. "In the fourth quarter we went two of 12; it's hard to beat anyone like that," Cotton said.
At some point Smith will start to take more visits. Coach Cotton will keep us updated on his recruitment and we'll have that in our premium forum.