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Bobby Smith Talks to PGU

July 13th, 2014 News 7 Comments

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Ace Thakore

Arizona has landed one of the top small forwards in the country in 6-foot-7, 185-pound Las Vegas small forward Ray Smith. PGU spoke with Ray Smith’s father Bobby shortly after Ray announced his commitment on Twitter.

“Ray made the decision today. He wanted to turn this weekend into something positive.”

“Arizona is Arizona. I love the atmosphere. I love the tradition and the way they train their players. They’ll teach Ray to play defense. He already has the offesnsive skills. They will prep him to become a pro.”

Arizona started recruiting Ray Smith when he was ranked around #77 by most Scouts. And before he became a top 25 player Arizona told Ray Smith they would accept a commitment from him.

“Damon told us we already know your son is a pro. We know what we’re getting. So when schools like Kentucky started calling it was too late. We were with Arizona. They believed in him before he was highly ranked,” Ray’s father told PGU. “Damon and I laughed when all the schools came calling. We knew it was coming.”

Arizona made an early impression on Ray Smith when it first started recruiting him. Sean Miller knew he wanted Smith so he brought the entire staff to watch Ray play.

“That made a huge impression on us. No school of that caliber was even recruiting Ray and the whole staff came to watch my son. It was great gesture.”

In the last week, Smith tore his ACL and while that will slow down his development some, he will likely come back as the same player or better with today’s medical procedures. ACL injuries are not what they use to be.

“Of course that had an impact on our decision but it was always going to be Arizona,” said Bobby Smith.

Smith joins Justin Simon as the first commitments of the 2015 class.

Get well and Bear Down Rekwon.

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7 Responses to “Bobby Smith Talks to PGU”

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  1. Esq

    July 13, 2014

    Incredible coverage of this recruitment, PGU!

    Great kid and talent!

  2. Jeff

    July 14, 2014

    Miller and his staff are doing an excellent job at identifying west coast elite recruits at very early dates. Welcome aboard, Rekwon!

  3. Papadeuce

    July 14, 2014

    Ray’s Dad seems like he’s got his son’s best interests in mind and it sounds like they’re excited about joining the Cats. What a great day for Ray following a rough weekend; here’s to a speedy recovery and welcome Ray Smith!!!

  4. steve green

    July 14, 2014

    Welcome to the ARIZONA family Ray speedy recovery made my day BIG TIME cant wait to see you in TUCSON thanks for choosing THE CATS BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!

  5. fred

    July 14, 2014

    Typical Beardown nation! Placing family first. With all the hype on winning, Miller and staff did an excellent job of acknowleding the potential that Smith brings to the UofA. Thank you Sean!!

  6. mike goldthwaite

    July 15, 2014

    Ray was very wise to commit. Now he can focus on rehab and getting BOTH knees stronger than ever. ACL rehab has its up and downs at the beginning of the rehab process. It tests a young players’ commitment to a strict regimen. Ray Smith has the positive attitude to make the process a learning experience and confidence builder. Learning about all the muscles in the legs and hips to keep strong with proper calisthenics greatly reduces the strain on knees. We’re behind you all the way Ray! Welcome to Arizona!

  7. Catbus

    July 24, 2014

    Prayers and best wishes to the young man. With a family and support system like his he has a bright future on and off the court.

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