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Basketball Recruiting

Top-30 junior Nick Smith Jr. updates his recruitment

December 14, 2020

Sylvan Hills standout Nick Smith Jr. has instantly become a hot-commodity amongst the 2022 class. The 6-foot-5 combo-guard out of Arkansas has burst onto the scene and has instantly made his impact on the court and it has led to national recognition.

I watched Smith Jr. against Pine Bluff and he was completely dominant. He finished with 26 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds. A very talented scorer who can score on multiple levels, but, the area I've been most impressed at is his playmaking.

Smith Jr. talked with us months back but took the time during his busy junior year to update his recruitment with

Which programs are heavily involved in your recruitment?

“Schools that are heavily involved are Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, Georgetown, Florida, Texas Tech, Baylor, Ole Miss.”

Who are the newest schools involved?

“Illinois and Memphis are the newer ones.”

Several blue blood programs are interested, thoughts on that?

“I mean it’s good that the blue-bloods are starting to call, but I understand the recruitment aspect of it so I’m just trying to choose the right school for me.”

Virtual visits, where are some schools you have visited virtually?

“Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Arkansas, just to name a few.”

Thoughts on how those went?

“They all showed me their respective campuses and how they roll throughout the day and also were telling me how they can develop my game using their resources.”

What is each program pitching to you?

“Each school is pretty much saying that they enjoy my game and how I could be effective at either the one or the two.”

What are your expectations this season, team or personal?

“Win a state championship, that’s the only goal.”

There were rumblings that you’re exploring a reclass to 2021, any chance?

“No shot.”

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