2015 Las Vegas wing Ray Smith took home MVP honors in the Pangos All American Cream of the Crop Game last weekend and solidified himself as the top shooting forward on the west coast.
More importantly, he was bumped up to the Platinum tier in our recruiting database.
And we all know where the best players in the west go to school.
That’s right, Arizona.
“I speak with Damon Stoudamire and Sean Miller every day.” Smith told PGU. “They’re very involved with my recruitment.”
Damon Stoudamire is the lead recruiter for Smith and has Arizona in prime position to land the coveted Sin City product. Stoudamire was also the lead recruiter for 2015 Arizona commit Justin Simon who pledged to Arizona in May.
“Justin’s my boy.” said Smith. “He’s super cool and he plays great basketball. He plays hard, unselfish and I think we would be good together.”
Smith isn’t the only one who thinks that and that’s why Arizona has gone all out for the Dream Vision wing. In terms of the options, Arizona isn’t involved with anyone like it is with Smith at the SF spot.
UCLA, Georgetown, Louisville are also recruiting Smith. That’s nice.
Smith should visit Arizona again and it’s clear he loves the coaches, fans and tradition.
“I love tradition,” he said. “Whatever fits best for me. That is a huge thing for my dad and I and that will be a big part of my decison.”
Smith plans on making a decision in the fall which means he’ll get the “Sean Miller treatment” along with Ivan Rabb on the AAU circuit this summer.
Smith says he won’t commit on a visit but we could see him falling in love with Arizona in the fall on his visit.
Until then the best recruiting staff on the west coast won’t let up on the player many compare to Paul George.
Arizona fans better get used to the name Rekwon Smith.