When it comes to the elite scoring guards in the class of 2006, Michigan’s Ramar Smith is one of the very best in the nation. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound is ranked as the No. 17 player in 2006 by Rivals.com and he looked the part at the AAU Super Showcase last week in Orlando. He filled us in with his summer, game and recruitment.
Smith, who has been hampered by an ankle injury, looked solid even in defeat playing with his AAU team, The Family. Smith, a confident scoring guard, gets to the bucket with ease and finds himself at the free throw line time and time again.
“I don’t know what I’d do to stop me,” Smith said after being asked what the best way to defend him. “All I know is that I love to attack the basket. Once I feel like I can get the defense to believe that is all I can do, I step out and hit down the jumper. If I can do that, I feel like I can be unstoppable.”
When he is healthy, Smith is close to his self-analysis. But for whatever reason, he feels like the rest of the country doesn’t see the same.
“I feel like I get no respect,” Smith said. “I don’t know what it is. I haven’t seen the rankings but I feel like I’m one of the top guards in the country. (Other players) don’t respect that. I don’t care though. I just try to play my game.”
There are two schools that respect the rising junior’s game.
“Cincinnati and Georgetown would have to be my top two schools right now,” Smith said. “Those are the two I really like right now.”
Michigan and Michigan State are also involved with the top in-state player in the class of 2006. Smith said he has no plans on visits and remains open to more schools.