Dear College Basketball: Good Luck Guarding Dennis Smith Jr
Dennis Smith Jr is an 18 year old native of Fayetteville, NC and is currently enrolled as a freshman at NC State University. The 6’2″ point guard is considered to be a potential lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Smith was ranked the #1 point guard in the country going into his senior year before tearing his ACL in early August. Luckily, he was able to graduate early from Trinity Christian Academy and enroll at NC State this past January (2015). On campus, he has been able to rehab daily with NCSU doctors, attend practices, sit on the bench during games, & acclimate to the life of a college basketball player. A process that Wolfpack Nation hopes will allow Smith to find his comfort zone sooner rather than later in the 2016-2017 season.
This new mixtape is an accumulation of the best plays from Smith’s high school and AAU career. It includes footage from his time at Trinity Christian, a variety of national adidas events, Nike EYBL, Under Armour Elite 24 and more! We were blessed enough to cover Dennis over 3 seasons and summers and the number of highlights is unbelievable. Below I added some of the collection of Dennis’ BallisLife mixtapes in chronological order.
Senior Summer 2015
Stephen Curry Camp 2015
Junior Year at Trinity Christian | 2014-2015 Season
Sophomore Year at Trinity Christian | 2013-2014 Season
Comparisons? His favorite player is Russell Westbrook, which explains his aggressive play. The most common comparisons are former NBA greats Steve Francis & Baron Davis, even though he is more competitive than both. Regardless of comparisons, the reality is, Dennis Smith Jr is a terror on both ends of the court. I’ll leave the scouting reports to the scouts; just know that Dennis is one of the few guys who’s game, and mixtapes, live up the hype.
How’s the rehab coming? Word we’re getting on campus is that Dennis is back in kill mode. Playing at around 85%, he’s dunks are coming back and he’s begun abusing the rest of NC State’s back-court.
Dennis Smith Jr comes from the same soil as hip/hop icon, J Cole, and hopes that he will be the next big role model for and from “Dreamville.”