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Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith was on campus today for an unofficial visit. The 2013 PG is now ranked #121 in Rivals and has seen his stock rise over the past year. He’s had interest in Providence since last year (although not sure where Cooley’s interest was), but now the big boys are starting to come out after only having low major interest initially. With the Friars losing out on Josh Brown (see below), looks like Scoochie would be another solid guard addition.
As he started to project as a big point who could create as well as shoot the 3, Smith started to appeal to higher level schools, and while he’s happy to get the opportunity to prove he could play the point, he isn’t the type to spend too much time worrying about what position he’ll play at the next level.
“Hopefully I’ll be playing on the ball, but again, it’s whatever the team needs,” he said. “If they need me off that ball I’m fine with that.”
On the recruiting front, Smith claims offers from Illinois, Dayton, Rhode Island, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Drexel along with a long list of other mid-major programs.
Syracuse, Providence, Pittsburgh, Memphis and Indiana are all showing additional interest and Smith is expecting to unofficially visit Syracuse on Tuesday.
GoLocalProv: Temple 2, Providence 0
Yeah, I’m really starting to dislike Temple. Like on a Villanova hating Temple level. And they are not even in the BIG EAST yet! Next year’s in conference battle is going to be interesting (although at least we won’t have to see Jake O’Brien).
Brown is choosing Temple to honor the memory of his late mother. She attended Temple and died before Brown turned 2 years old.
Brown thanked PC’s Ed Cooley, URI’s Dan Hurley and Penn State’s Pat Chambers for recruiting him. He also thanked his high school coach – Dan Hurley – the father of URI’s new head coach.