Dennis Smith Jr., the best point guard in the 2016 recruiting class, has cut his list to six schools, and Wake Forest is among the finalists. The other schools he is considering are North Carolina State, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, and Kentucky. Smith is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and plays for Trinity Christian. What makes the point guard so special?
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NC State, Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, UNC and Wake Forest. The final six schools for the magnificent Dennis Smith Jr , 2016 PG.</p>— Clint Jackson (@clintjackson1) <a href="https://twitter.com/clintjackson1/status/622043205765206016">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Smith's best trait is his immense athleticism. Quite frankly, Dennis Smith Jr. is a freak athlete, who has unbelievable explosiveness. He's nearly impossible to defend in the open court, and he can attack the basket at will. He is also excellent at finishing once he gets to the cup. He reminds me a lot of John Wall and Russell Westbrook, and I truly believe that he can be an NBA All-Star one day. He has all of the tools to be a top 5 pick whenever he decides to enter the NBA Draft. He told ESPN, "Coach Danny Manning has been to where I want to be...He's the reason I'm looking at Wake Forest." It never hurts when the head coach was a #1 NBA Draft pick, and the coaching staff has more than 40 years of professional basketball experience.
Regarding his recruitment, I believe North Carolina State is the current leader. Kentucky just offered him several days ago, after John Calipari and John Wall watched Smith Jr. at an Adidas Tournament. It appears that Duke is more focused on point guard Frank Jackson. If Wake Forest can land Harry Giles, then Dennis Smith Jr. becomes a much more realistic candidate. If Giles and Smith play on the same college team, then that team will be a very legitimate national title contender.
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