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Kentucky Basketball target Dennis Smith Jr. tears ACL

Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina are among the biggest schools targeting Dennis Smith Jr.

When the Kentucky Wildcats recently offered five-star point guard Dennis Smith. They were just the latest big-name program to get involved with arguably the best point guard the 2016 class.

Sadly, Smith Jr. recently suffered a knee injury that has been revealed to be a torn ACL and will miss the next 6-9 months of basketball while recovering from surgery, as ESPN reports:

Smith, the Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina last season, is expected to have a six-to-nine-month recovery time before he is able to step back onto the court.

Smith recently cut his list to six schools -- Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Wake Forest and NC State -- and Smith’s father said the injury has not altered the recruiting landscape for his son.

"Post-surgery, the recruiting did not stop," Smith Sr. said. "Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest all called saying nothing has changed, and that they still want him."

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Smith is a senior at Fayetteville's Trinity Christian School. He's also.the No. 1 point guard and No. 3 prospect overall in 2016, according to the 247Sports Composite. NC State is the current favorite in his crystal ball with Florida being the only other school to receive predictions for him.

Hopefully, Smith is able to overcome this injury and go on to reach his full potential in college and the NBA someday.