Incoming junior point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has been one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail, dominating several events for his travelling squad, Team Loaded. As a result, it was no surprise when he was added to the USA Basketball Developmental National Team roster, and was selected to participate in the U17 training camp.
While he didn’t make the cut as the roster was trimmed to 17 players, it’s not due to a lack of talent.
Among the more athletic players nationally in the ’16 class (as depicted in the above video), Smith Jr. has terrific upside as a lead guard and can also slide over to shooting guard if necessary. He is certainly one of the top 10 points guards in the 2016 class.
Growing up in a basketball rich area in North Carolina, the Trinity Christian (NC) star currently claims offers from the mainstays of the nearby Triangle area, Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest, as well as from some of college basketball’s bluebloods in Florida, Arizona, Miami, Kansas, and several others.
Given his standout sophomore season, in which he averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists per game, Smith Jr. is certainly on the radar of many programs. He also captured a Class A state championship at Trinity Christian and was named a first team all-state player.
In a recent interview with Hoopniks.com, Smith Jr. noted he was waiting on an offer from Kentucky, as he labeled the Wildcats program “the school for guards.”
Still with two seasons left of high school hoops, Smith Jr. termed his recruitment as “wide open” and looking towards the future, it will be most certainly a hotly contested push to land his college services.