During the July live period, while chatting with an assistant coach about the best players in the country, I asked one assistant coach who he thought the best point guard in high school basketball was.
It was a bit of an exaggeration, but it should give you an idea of just how talented Smith is. A top five player in the Class of 2016 — which might end up being better than the Class of 2013 — Smith, a North Carolina native, is another star point guard in the mold of John Wall, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. He’s a next-level athlete that will embarrass defenders around the rim, but he can also beat defenders off the dribble and has three-point range.
He’s going to be a good one, and while he might not be better than Kyrie Irving today, there’s a chance he could be better than him one day:
Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.
Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.
Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.