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Fans, Musselman's knowledge get 5-star Smith's attention during visit

by Richard Davenport | September 12, 2021 at 11:28 a.m.
Sylvan Hills junior Nick Smith, who is rated as one of the nation’s top players for the 2022 recruiting class, averaged 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season, despite facing double and triple teams throughout the season. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Justin Cunningham)

ESPN 5-star shooting guard Nick Smith Jr. wrapped up his official visit with Arkansas and Coach Eric Musselman on Sunday morning.

“It was cool hanging out with the guys and getting a chance to talk to Coach Muss,” Smith said. “That was pretty fun.”

Smith, 6-5, 185 pounds, of North Little Rock, made previous official visits to Kansas, Auburn and Alabama in June. He said the highlight of the trip to Fayetteville was seeing the reaction of the Razorback fans to the Hogs’ 40-21 football victory over Texas.

He plans to make an official visit to Oklahoma next weekend.

“Basically me and (Arkansas sophomore guard Davonte Davis) couldn’t walk nowhere. Everybody wanted to take pictures and stuff like that,” he said. “It was a cool experience to just see how everybody reacts when they see faces and stuff like that. It was pretty cool.”

He and Musselman spoke about plans for him should he become a Razorback.

“Turning me into the (NBA) in terms of getting as fast as possible,” Smith said. “I’m trying to be a scorer. If God blesses me with the opportunity to go to school for only one year, I’m going to do that, but if not I have to go two years.

"But he just has a plan for me to go to school for like eight months so I can go ahead and get to the lottery or the first round. Something like that.”

ESPN ranks Smith the No. 4 shooting guard and the No. 6 overall prospect in the nation for the 2022 class.

Smith’s stock skyrocketed after his outstanding play in July, when he averaged 18.6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game for Bradley Beal Elite during the Peach Jam.

He learned some more new things about the NBA game from Musselman.

“I learned a lot of things new in terms of pro sayings and pro doings...and things like that. In terms of the knowledge he has on that, it's pretty cool,” Smith said.


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