Yesterday evening, Dennis Smith made his college decision announcement via twitter that he would be attending North Carolina State University to play basketball.
Now listen… I’m not going to compare this 17 year old kid to anybody. I personally hate comparisons because once you compare someone to another player you automatically limit there potential to viewers. So listen closely, Dennis Smith Jr. can be as good as he wants to be, when he wants to be. He can take over games by himself, create space off the dribble, shoot from anywhere beyond the 3-point line and finish over centers and forwards. His main tool in his arsenal of skills is undoubtedly his athleticism. The guy stands 6 feet flat if that and dunks over anybody and I mean ANYBODY. He boasts one of the quickest crossovers I’ve seen from a kid his age since I’ve been alive. And North Carolina State just got him to commit.
Welcome to the wolfpack! And welcome to the ACC. The toughest conference to play in with the deepest amount of competition in college basketball. It shouldn’t be a problem for the young gun though as freshmen have thrived in the ACC in recent past. Take for example Duke’s Kyrie Irving and Jahlil Okafor. Or Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes who averaged 15 ppg last year as a freshman. My point is, Dennis will thrive at NC State. High pick-and-roll ball screens will free him from his defender all game long to get him open lanes to the basket. Or finding open teammates
Dennis originally hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina and me being a North Carolina native myself, I’m glad to see him stay close to home. And how could you not when your former recruiter Mark Gottfried, now head coach comes to visit your high school in a helicopter? I’d feel special too. But seriously, Dennis Smith made a great choice as NC State runs a very high paced offense that will fit his game well. The Wolfpack are also in great shape to land another 5-star recruit in Edrice ‘Bam Bam’ Adebayo. Which could potentially be a scary one-two punch on offense.
Watch the video above to peep Dennis Smith’s skills. Don’t drop your jaw for too long!
– Credits: Ballislife (On Youtube for the video)