One of the pickiest schools when it comes to basketball recruits has extended an offer to a class of 2016 recruit, Dennis Smith, Jr., per reports.
Smith, an incoming junior in high school out of Fayettville, N.C., already had offers from Arizona, Charlotte, Kansas, North Carolina State, and Virginia Commonwealth. His list says that he is also interested in Louisville and North Carolina.
Smith made an unofficial visit to Durham on Saturday (May 31, 2014) and was extended the scholarship offer.
As of this time, Smith is the only point guard in either the class of 2015 or 2016 to be offered a scholarship at Duke.
He’s not going to come to Duke that easy though. Smith has plans to visit North Carolina in June.
Despite Smith being so young, he averaged 17.6 points, 9.3 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game to establish himself as leading scorer for the state championship winning team.
Rankings are due to change in the next two years, but currently he is ranked fifth overall on 247sports.com and No. 16 on Rivals.com. Smith has been left out of the class of 2016 ESPN Top 25 as of this time. Expect that to change, though.
“They way we recruit here is different from any place,” Capel said in an unrelated interview. “You had a little bit of a larger net of guys you go after; you had to. Here we don’t recruit a lot of guys. It’s exciting. At the same time, it’s scary.”
With Smith in Duke’s sights, it’s easy to wonder what’s going to go down in two years.
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