As the spring recruiting period comes to a close, very few 2020 basketball recruits did better for themselves than Deivon Smith.
Smith is the No. 48 player in the country and the No. 6 point guard, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. However, look for both of those numbers to jump over the summer.
Smith plays for the Adidas Celtics on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, and he has show himself to be a top prospect in the class. At just 5-11, Smith certainly has to compensate against bigger guards. With his athleticism and work ethic, however, he has shown himself to be among the best in the last few weeks.
“Smith is an athletic point guard who showed an impressive combination of physical tools, basketball IQ and toughness,” 247 Sports analyst Josh Gershon said. “He used his outstanding vision to create for teammates while using his athleticism and motor to get to the basket and frustrate opposing guards on defense.”
Smith certainly has room to grown physically, but he has also shown a great deal of growth in his skills. At this point in his basketball career, what are his biggest strengths?
“I think reading the defense, getting in between, finding mismatches, getting my teammates involved, rebounding and pushing the ball,” Smith told 247 Sports.
If he is correct with his self-assessment, that sounds like a pretty outstanding point guard. He is absolutely a player to watch for the 2020 class, as schools like Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, and Louisville are already making him a priority. Apparently, Kentucky recently joined the fold as Smith told 247 Sports that he recently received a call from Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne.
Kentucky has already offered two point guards in the 2020 class, Jeremy Roach and Sharife Cooper. However, it seems like Cooper is destined for Auburn, potentially joining the 2019 class. So it makes perfect sense that Kentucky would get involved with additional point guard prospects.
Check out some highlights of Deivon Smith below, and read more about what he said to 247 Sports here.