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Nick Smith, a 4-star combo guard from the class of 2022, has added Kentucky to his final list

Zack Geogheganby:Zack Geoghegan02/15/21


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Over a month after releasing his top 10 college choices, a top-30 prospect has added Kentucky to his list.

According to Tipton Edits, a four-star combo guard from the class of 2022, Nick Smith, has decided to include the Wildcats among his top college choices. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound high school junior out of Sherwood, AR initially announced his top-10 potential schools back in early January but UK has since worked its way into the picture.

Smith is ranked as a high four-star prospect by 247 Sports, whose composite rating has him slotted as the 29th overall recruit in his class and the second-best shooting guard. His initial top 10 included the likes of North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Kansas, Baylor, Oral Roberts, Auburn, Florida, and Ole Miss before bringing the ‘Cats onboard.

The Arkansas native is a natural scorer with a pure outside jumper. Smith isn’t the most physically imposing at just 170 pounds, but has enough length and athleticism to help make up for it. He can score from all three areas of the floor with plenty of range extending beyond the 3-point arc. Recruiting outlets are torn between labeling him as a shooting guard or point guard, as he showcases a little bit of both. Not only can he get to the rim with ease thanks to shifty dribble-moves, but he’s also a capable passer.

During his sophomore season, Smith was named the Underclassman of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

He doesn’t currently hold an offer from Kentucky but he has been in contact with the coaching staff, per Tipton Edits. Smith is a fan of the culture in Lexington and isn’t holding the current down season against them.

“We’re having more conversation. You know the culture around there,” Smith told ZAGSBLOG on Monday about why he added Kentucky. “A lot of people just look at this year and think the worst but Kentucky has a great guards program and develop a lot of pros.”

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