Oak Hill Academy junior guard Nolan Smith can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound native of Washington D.C. has visited a number of schools in the last couple of months and the five-star prospect is getting close to making his decision.
Smith, the No. 18 ranked player in the class of 2007, recently took in Duke during a two-week break from Oak Hill. He came away impressed with the nation's top-ranked team and campus.
"Right now I'm definitely leaning towards Duke," Smith said. "They are on top of my list. They have a good staff and I know I can count on them. I can call Coach K any time I want to and I want to get to know them. Plus, playing at Cameron, man, that would be fun. The fans are crazy."
After a two-hour meeting with Coach K and Smith's mother, the five-star guard said an offer is on the table for him. Coach K traveled to Mouth of Wilson, Va., to see Smith in action for Oak Hill in mid-December. Smith said that's when he knew Duke was serious and that was reinforced while on his visit.
"When we were in his office, he told me that he wanted to get to know me better and start a good relationship with me," Smith said.
Smith said he's also considering Louisville (his dad's alma mater), Georgetown and Kansas. He also visited Georgetown when the Hoyas played host to Providence College.
"I didn't really talk the coaches. I went down there just to see the game and watch the team play," Smith said.
Kansas is the only place he has yet to visit and Smith says his mother and step-father may visit Lawrence to get a feel for the school. With or without a visit to the Big 12 school, a decision is on the horizon, Smith said.
"I think I'm getting ready to commit soon," Smith said.