One On One With 2010 Mullins PG Eric Smith

Arguably the #1 prospect in the state for the 2010 class, PG Eric Smith talked with SCPrepNation.com about the very latest regarding his recruitment and outlook. As his game continues to improve and evolve Smith is hearing from some of the best programs in the country. With 2 offers in hand already Smith talks about his early favorites inside in this exclusive update.

The state's #1 point guard in the 2010 class is Mullins High standout Eric Smith. Right now Smith and Demarcus Harrison are battling for bragging rights as the number #1 overall player in the state for their class. Smith continues to sizzle as one of the most sought after prospects in the nation for 2010 despite an injury which has kept him sidelined since early in the AAU season.

Schools have been targeting Smith for quite a long time but he talked about some of the schools he's hearing from currently. "California, Florida, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, LSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia." Given the fact that so many schools throughout the nation are recruiting Smith he says an in-state program has been showing him the most love. "Clemson is recruiting me the hardest. They offered me and have been on me the hardest since day one. They are the only school that I've been to show me the whole campus. I got to meet a lot of people on the campus."

In fact, Smith was on an unofficial visit with the Tigers on Wednesday. "I enjoyed myself a lot. I got to know the coaches a lot better. I also got to see the campus and see how I would enjoy myself if I went to Clemson, just how I would fit into the program and things likes that."

The Mullins star did not get a chance to play pickup basketball with any current Tigers on his visit. "It was the first session of summer school so there weren't a lot of people there."

So far in-state powers Clemson and South Carolina are the only offers Smith holds currently. Expect that to change soon once he hits the circuit again soon and shows coaching staffs his full repertoire which continues to evolve.

Some are predicting that Smith very well could be the best point guard to come out of the Palmetto State. Yes, that includes current Charlotte Bobcat and former North Carolina Tar Heel star Raymond Felton. "It makes me feel good. It motivates me to work hard to reach my full potential. Hopefully one day I can be the best ever. Wherever I decide to go for college I want to help the team reach the next level and get a national championship."

A sprained achilles has sidelined Smith for a while now on the AAU circuit. Rolling with Team Georgia Elite Smith suffered the injury while at a tournament early in the season in Ohio. "I should be back in July. I was playing really good before the injury. It has been a good season despite the injury." During his time on the travel circuit one player he faced really stands out as the toughest player he's faced. "I went up against Trae Golden of the Atlanta Celtics at the Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp.

As he works towards hitting the hardwood again in a few days there are some visits that he'd like to make soon too. "I plan on getting over to Wake Forest. I also plan on going to Florida's campus in August."

Smith's desire to stay on top of his craft never stops and he talked about areas he's been putting extra focus and repetition towards. "I'm trying to work on everything with my game. My ballhandling, explosiveness, my shooting, just everything really. I want to get a lot better and hopefully we can win a state championship next season. We went to 24-1 last year. Our only loss was to Burke who lost in the state championship game to Southside."

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