Since the beginning of the AAU basketball season a little less than a month ago, Dennis Smith Jr. has picked up scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas and Wake Forest.
New Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson has reached out to Smith, and he’s expecting an offer from the Cardinals soon. It’s the same story with Michigan.
Duke and North Carolina are also keeping tabs on the Fayetteville, N.C., point guard. 247Sports considers him the No. 5 prospect in the class and the No. 1 player at his position.
But there are still a couple of schools that Smith would like to get involved in his recruitment.
“I’ve heard from just about every school except for Kentucky and Florida,” he said. “So — those two schools — I would be looking forward to hearing from.”
The 6-foot-2 prospect has been trading texts for the past few months with fellow North Carolinian John Wall, who was John Calipari’s first great point guard in Lexington. “They produce a lot of good guards,” Smith said of UK. “I would definitely be interested in talking to them.”
He could get his chance soon.
Colleges are not allowed to directly contact prospects from the class of 2016 until June 15, so all of those recruiting calls have been going through family and coaches. Smith said that has made the recruitment pretty easy on him so far, but he’s already marked the date on his calendar.
“It’s not overwhelming right now because they can’t call me yet,” Smith said. “I think my answer will change whenever June 15th comes around. It’ll be overwhelming then.”