Smith is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 point guard in his class and the No. 3 overall player, behind only Harry Giles and Josh Jackson.
When Smith tore his ACL a few weeks ago at an Adidas Nations event, it was some of the most disappointing news of the summer as he’ll now likely miss his entire senior season in Fayetteville, NC.
Prior to the knee injury, Smith spent the summer showing why he’s one of the elite players in the class of 2016 and a potential one-and-done candidate at the college level, which you can see in this latest mixtape from Courtside Films.
The way he attacks the rim as a point guard is reminiscent of Russell Westbrook.
With him considering Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, N.C. State, Louisville, and Wake Forest as his final six possible college choices, Smith will now work to regain his explosiveness and strength as he recovers from a left knee injury.
Many recruiting insiders believe N.C. State is the heavy favorite to land Smith, with Duke being viewed as a longshot as the Blue Devils appear to be more focused on Frank Jackson, another 5-star point guard in the class.
Perhaps Smith can get some advice from his good friend Harry Giles, who also had to recover from a devastating knee injury to re-establish himself as one of the best players in the 2016 class.
If Smith can return to the form he shows in this video, he’ll be a special player for whichever program he joins in 2016.