On Wednesday, N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried and his assistant Orlando Early literally dropped in on Dennis Smith Jr. at Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, N.C.) in a helicopter; a day later Smith, the No. 1 point guard in the ESPN 100, made his pledge to the Wolfpack.
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Smith, who grew up an N.C. State fan mostly because of his grandmother, picked N.C. State over Kentucky, Louisville, Wake Forest and North Carolina.
In April, N.C. State got a late commitment from Smith’s AAU teammate Shaun Kirk, who will play this season for the Wolfpack, and they’re considered to be one of the frontrunners for High Point Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) big man Edrice Adebayo, who is ranked No. 6 overall in the ESPN 100.
Smith turned in one of the most dominant AAU showings of any player in any class this summer. He capped off his strong play by winning MVP of the adidas Uprising Showcase in July.
That led to his peers giving him the Biggest Wow Factor hardware in the Players Choice Awards/Superlatives last month.
Smith tore his ACL in the semifinals of the adidas Nations Global event in California last month and is expected to miss the entire high school hoops season.
Here’s what N.C. State is getting in Smith.
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