Darius Smith Heads to Big East

The hoop dreams of Darius Smith will continue at one of the Big East's proudest basketball schools. We caught up with Smith to find out more about his destination.

The NCAA Final Four is one of America's most captivating sporting events. Darius Smith, a 6'2" guard from Chicago Marshall, is going to have a larger interest than most. That's because today he committed to the Connecticut Huskies, choosing UConn over fellow Big East member Cincinnati, Memphis and Duke.

"I just wanted to go to a program that fits my style of play, and UConn does that for me," Smith said. "I like the three guard offense and the way they get out and run."

Scout.Com ranks Smith as a Four-Star recruit and the 21st best shooting guard in the class of 2009. In the end, Smith didn't strongly consider any schools from the Big Ten.

"There's nothing wrong with the Big Ten," Smith stated. "I just really liked what UConn had to offer. The coaches told me playing time will be available if I worked hard just like everyone else."

The recruiting process can be tough on a teenager, and it was getting to Smith.

"I'm glad it's over," Smith acknowledged. "I was tired of all the late calls. It's nice that schools want you, but it was getting old for me."

And you can bet that Smith will be hoping to help the Huskies make another visit to the Final Four in the future.

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