January 2, 2009

Smith's recruitment could net a bonus

A commitment from Ralston (Neb.) forward and 2009 Colorado State basketball recruit Greg Smith could net a bonus - his brother, Dwight. This season the Smith brothers have Ralston High out to a 6-1 record, with the one loss coming in a Kansas City-based tournament.

"We are 6-1 and we are kind of got out of a tournament in KC 2-1 and we really haven't had the best competition so far," Greg said. "The tournament showed we can play with anybody. We were beating teams that were more athletic than us. There was one team down there that had a couple balls rolled their way and they got a rebound here or there and they beat us. It showed we aren't invincible, which was good."

Last year the 6-foot-6, 205-pound Greg averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game. Those numbers have fallen some to 14.3 points and six boards a game. The falling numbers have more to do with a blowout wins and Smith's renewed emphasis on rebounding than a diminishment of skill.

"I am rebounding a lot better and my motor is starting to go up," Greg said. "I am playing hard as much as I can, as hard as I can. I am trying to make the best of it and win a state championship at Ralston."

Greg Smith committed to Colorado State on Aug. 7 of last season, after choosing the Rams over scholarship offers from Southern California and Northern Illinois. Smith also had interest from Iowa State, Indiana, Michigan and Creighton, among others.

Greg's brother Dwight is a junior point guard for Ralston this season and is averaging 12.4 points himself. He has a scholarship offer from CSU and, Greg says, he is taking his time in making a decision.

"He has a scholarship offer out there from CSU," Greg said. "They are talking to him every month. They try to talk to him through me to make points to him. He is just relaxing and going to take it slow right now.

"My mom and dad are pushing us to go to school together and he likes the fit too," Greg said. "But he is so young and he has a long summer ahead of him. He doesn't know where he is going to play this summer. Even if he was going to come down to it tomorrow, it would be CSU because he would be comfortable.





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