Catching Up With Colin Smith: Versatile Wing/Forward Discusses Game & Recruitment

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Our first live viewing of 2022 Colin Smith came over Labor Day weekend at the War Before The Storm event in Dallas, and we came away extremely impressed.

“I pride myself on being versatile and filling up the box score in a lot of different ways. I do the small things that don’t always shows up in the stat line and definitely take pride in being a player that makes an impact on both ends of the floor.”

No question about it, Colin’s greatest asset is his ability to be effective from multiple spots on the court. At 6’8 he can create off the bounce, finish at he rim, playmake for others and defend 3-4 positions during any given game.

That versatility has been the catalyst of a national level recruitment, as Smith already holds offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Illinois, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Kansas, Mississippi State, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Texas, UCLA, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

The standout junior also reports interest from Purdue, North Carolina and Florida State.

Smith has no leaders and isn’t close to a commitment, but 10 programs are consistently in contact in the early going.

“Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest recently.”

When the time does come to make a decision, the educational component looms large along with social inequality awareness and on-court fit.

“Academics will be definitely be a big factor, and relatability with the coaching staff and social justice issues. The makeup of the staff and how they provide mentorship too.  How they see me fitting in with the system and how they plan on using me. Coach Howard from Michigan sees me as hybrid forward on the ball, posting up and on the perimeter. Illinois, Michigan, Vanderbilt,  Oklahoma State and Florida State are some of the schools that have gotten more in depth with videos of sets and integrating me in those game situations with a side by side screen.”

Colin is looking to refine his perimeter game heading into the high school season.

“I’m working on big guard skill facets, changing tempo/speeds with the ball.”

We absolutely love Smith as a two-way prospect that is a matchup nightmare. With a handle that allows him to blow-by bigger defenders and the size/athleticism to bully smaller guards in the paint, Colin is a unique prospect that can play various roles depending on the competition. While his offensive prowess is undoubtedly impressive, his defensive abilities may actually be more potent. Smith moves well laterally with great length, which allows him to be a disruptive on-ball defender that can provide helpside rim protection and rebound the ball at a high rate.

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