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.
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