Dennis Smith Jr., the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016, will take the unusual step of graduating early and enrolling at North Carolina State in January, he announced Thursday.
Smith is not playing this season at Trinity Christian (Fayettteville, N.C.) because of a torn ACL suffered last summer.
“I’m going mainly for the rehab purposes because I can rehab there,” he said on ESPNU. “I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can graduate.”
Smith is a huge part of the Wolfpack’s recruiting class and is hoping to help add another in power forward Bam Adebayo from High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.). Adebayo and Smith have played together in the summer and known each other since the eighth grade.
“They’ve been smooth so far,” he said of his conversations with Adebayo. “I think we have a good shot at getting him.”
As for what NC State gets in Smith, “I believe I’m the toughest competitor regardless of position in the whole country,” he said. “I got out there and I win and that’s the main thing.”