Friday, October 28, 2011

Upper Arlington Senior Nears Decision

Carter Smith-Senior PG Upper Arlington

Yesterday we profiled Matt Rhodes, a central Ohio senior who is currently considering several division II offers. Similar to Rhodes is Upper Arlington’s Carter Smith, a 5’9 senior PG. Like Rhodes, Smith is well known in central Ohio basketball circles as a fierce competitor, who has more game than his small frame and appearance may suggest.

We caught up with Smith last Saturday to talk about his recruitment, and he reported several D-II offers from the likes of Stone Hill, Hillsdale, Ohio Valley and Wheeling Jesuit. Smith also mentioned that Findley and Lincoln Memorial are showing interest as well. Right now, Smith’s favorites are Stone Hill, Hillsdale and Lincoln Memorial. Though he has no firm time table for a decision, Smith did indicate “I will make my decision pretty soon.” When he is ready to make the call, Smith will be looking for a “winning program, pretty good academics, and a good coach who I can vibe with,” said Smith.

Smith, though undersized, is a tough, scrappy floor general who finds a way to get his team a win. Armed with a tight handle, Smith is proficient at getting to the cup, finishing, or finding an open teammate off of a drive. He’s not just a penetrator, as he can also knock down the jumper if left open. At the Nike Peach Jam the summer before last, while running with All-Ohio Black, Smith more than held his own against elite level competition, and actually emerged as one of the team’s most reliable players.

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