Dennis Smith Jr. is currently rated as a five-star point guard prospect in the 2016 college basketball recruiting class, and is receiving interest from almost every team in the country. He is expected to be one of the best recruits in this entire class, but has reportedly undergone knee surgery. That is a major concern to say the very least, but he should be able to bounce back from it just fine.
Any time an injury to a knee is found out about in a basketball player, it automatically causes concerns. Smith has come out and publicly said that the knee has already started feeling better, which is a very good sign.
So far in his recruiting process, Smith has received offers from big schools like Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Obviously the first three schools are the most serious suitors for him at this point in time, but more teams will begin making a full-court press on him in the near future. Smith is the type of recruit that can help turn a program around, and he is also the type of player that can make a contender a favorite.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, it appears Smith will be just fine to get on-the-court and dominate once again. Assuming he does just that, there is going to be no problem getting even more offers from big schools.
One thing is for sure, and that is the fact that Smith is one of the best point guards that has been available in the past few seasons. The fact that schools like Duke and Kentucky have already offered him should give testimony to that fact. He combines speed, athleticism and quickness with the ability to score from anywhere on the court and make plays for his teammates.
Don’t expect this injury to do anything to his value on the recruiting market. It’s not like he tore an ACL and has a long recovery ahead of him.
Smith will get back to being the dominant player that he has been throughout his entire career, and to take his game to a new level during the 2015-16 season.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Kelly Kline, Under Armour