There were a tremendous amount of talented prep basketball players between the states of Georgia and South Carolina (just over the border, in fact) over the past week. Nearly all of them. Few cobbled together as compelling a set of highlights as Dennis Smith Jr., the always-shifty star with tremendous court vision from Trinity Christian School in North Carolina.
Smith starred at Adidas’ Gauntlet finale in Atlanta, where he concluded a spring-summer circuit where he led the league in assists, with 6.9 per game. The nation’s No. 4 overall prospect, Smith also scored plenty of buckets himself, while adding a handful of stellar defensive plays that included a surprising chase-down block and virtuoso steal and layup in early round games.
Smith’s week was punctuated by the jaw-dropping slam that quite rightfully won acclaim from colleague Jason Jordan, but he did so much more than that. All of which showcases just how versatile a talent he is, and why every college coach in the country is chomping at the bit to earn his commitment.