Recruiting picking up for Smith

Kendall Smith

A 48-point performance in his season opener may have changed the recruitment of 2013 point guard Kendall Smith. Who jumped in Smith's recruitment following the game?

After accumulating offers from schools such as Long Beach State, Pacific, Portland and San Jose State, Kendall Smith wanted to wait until the spring and see if he could give himself some more options.

One game into the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley point guard's senior season and it looks like his decision is paying off.

Smith, a 2013 prospect, scored 48 points in a 97-96 double overtime victory over Sacramento on Saturday. Immediately, five schools got involved in his recruitment.

"After the game I heard from Hawaii, UCLA, Arizona State, Gonzaga and LSU," Smith said. "UCLA is going to come see me Thursday and Gonzaga and Arizona State will see me next week."

The point guard attributes an off-season in which he worked hard improving on the successful debut.

"Me and my dad were in the gym the entire summer doing 6:00am workouts," said Smith. "It helped me take my game to the next level. I've been putting a lot of work in.

"Last year I used to go right a lot because that was easier for me but I worked on getting my left a lot stronger. I worked on my pull-up jumper, I got a lot more athletic and improved on my defense."

As Smith picks up more attention, he has an idea how he wants to sort out the schools involved.

"I want to start building relationships with a lot of these coaches and learn how they really are," he said. "Level is really not a concern to me. I feel like I'm a high major player but you see mid majors beat high major schools all the time.

"It's not really about how big the school is, it's mostly the best fit for me. I want to really bond with the team and coaches and I want to be able to come in and play as a freshman."

Location won't be a factor for Smith, who added he'd like to be recruited from a Big 12 school.

"I'd like to hear from Oklahoma State," Smith said. "They have great coaches there and I really like how they use Marcus Smart at point, how he has so much freedom."


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