Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hotly Pursued Smith Is Heating Up This Summer
For 6-foot-7 Class of 2019 prospect Diante Smith, versatility is king.
Subscribing to the "Mr. Everything" role has enabled Smith to erupt as one of the country's most prioritized, upper drawer recruits. Developing a tightened handle and improving his shot consistency have been instrumental elements of his ascension.
The Florida native's wide ranging defensive responsibilities and bouncy athleticism align with the style enforced in today's high major game.
TCU, Alabama, Cincinnati, Dayton, Florida, and Auburn are currently putting forth the most consistent effort in Smith's recruitment.
Smith, who will attend the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp, is slated to visit the University of Florida on June 11th.
"I see myself doing well at the next level due to my versatility," said Smith, whose knack for attacking and gliding to the rim have been notable.
"This year (at Choctaw HS) my role is to score and control the game."
Smith envisions playing the wing at the next level. One of the finer points of his trade is his ability to block and manipulate shots.
He's got rarified shot-blocking ability for a player of his size. Held to a high standard by his coaches, Smith is expected to defend the rim at the same level that he applies on-ball pressure.
"I think he will find a lot of success on the next level, the kid is a big time playmaker with the ball in his hands and he knows how to play without it," explained 1Family Co-Director Darryl Hardin, who helped cultivate the multi-layered talent of fellow 1Family product Nassir Little (UNC).
"He is a dog on defense and can guard multiple positions."
Playing under Zo Jenkins with 1Family, Smith has assumed the elderstatesman role for a talented but callow, youth-laden team.
"He has been good in all games, he has taken on that leadership role," explained Hardin.
"Leading a group of young guys that look for his guidance. He does it all for us--score, defend, playmake. He's just the complete package."
There appears to be mutual intrigue between Smith and Alabama. The school's proximity to his home and the opportunity to be a key figure in the SEC from the beginning are enticing factors.