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For Class of 2019 prospect Diante Smith, versatility is king
BY ZACH SMART
For Class of 2019 prospect Diante Smith, versatility is king.
Subscribing to the “Mr. Everything” role while developing a tighter handle and improving his shot consistency, Smith has become a highly prioritized recruit.
TCU, Alabama, Cincinnati, Dayton, Florida, and Auburn are currently putting forth the most effort in recruiting the 6-foot-7, 195-pound wing who is ranked the No. 29 small forward in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.com.
Smith, who will attend the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp, is slated for an unofficial visit to the University of Florida on June 11th.
“I see myself doing well at the next level due to my versatility,” said Smith, he of the knack for attacking and gliding to the rim.
“This year (at Choctaw HS) my role is to score and control the game.”
Smith envisions himself operaring as a wing at the next level. He’s got rarified shot-blocking ability at his size, protecting the rim as effectively as he applies thorough, 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,” said 1Family Co-Director Darryl Hardin, also instrumental in the development of a similar multi-positional talent in Nassir Little (UNC).
“He is a dog on defense and can guard multiple positions.”
His ability to seize the leadership reins has mirrored Smith’s quick rise this off-season.
“He has been good in all games, he has taken on that leadership role. 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.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.