2009 four-star prospect Greg Smith is establishing himself as one of the better big men out west. 6-foot-8, 220-pounds and out of Fresno (Calif.) Edison High School, Smith is favoring his hometown school, but can Fresno State hold off the Pac-10 schools and others.
With offers on the table from Fresno State, USC, California and Kansas State, Smith is working with a top five which include UCLA as the fifth school. The power conference schools, however, are chasing Fresno State.
"I love the coaching staff at Fresno State and the players," said Smith. "It feels like home to me there. I've been going to the games there, and they treat me very well. Plus, I could be close to my family."
Smith is also receiving interest from Kansas, Washington, Georgia Tech and Arizona.
Coming off a 33 point performance this week, Smith is averaging 18 points and double digit rebounds per game. A physical specimen with a strong presence down low, Smith is working hard to diversify his game.
"I want to be more of a leader for our team, so I'm working on trying to impact the game every way I can," he said. "I don't just want to be a scorer down low."
When it comes time to make a final decision on a school, Smith will take a close look into the backcourt of the programs he's considering.
"I want to play with good guards," he said. "I like to run and want to play with guards who can push the ball and pass it. It's important that they know how to play the game."
Smith, the No. 62 ranked prospect in the class of 2009, plans to commit next fall.