August 12, 2008
CSU goes back to Nebraska for basketball recruit
Colorado State scored its second Nebraska basketball prospect in two years last week as Ralson High School's Greg Smith announced he would be a Colorado State Ram in the fall of 2010.
Smith, a 6'6", native of Omaha, averaged 18.8 points and seven rebounds per game for Coach Bill Heard's Ralston Rams, which went 23-3 and made it to the state playoffs a year ago. Along the way Smith was named third team All-State and All-Conference.
Smith said it was a college visit to Fort Collins which really helped him seal his future in Fort Collins.
"I loved it out there," Smith said. "Loved the city, loved the coaching staff and I thought it was a good fit for me and a nice place to live for the next four years.
"I am a Ram in high school and I am going to be a Ram in college too," Smith added.
Smith lettered three years for the Rams and was the leading scorer for his AAU team - the Nebraska Bison Red team - averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game according to the Omaha World-Herald.
It was his summer that had him blowing up on recruiting radars all over the country. Smith was hearing from USC, Michigan, Creighton, Evansville, Northern Illinois and Ball State. Smith said CSU Coach Tim Miles started recruiting him during his junior year as he came to Omaha to work out both Greg and his brother, Dwight Smith, who also holds a scholarship offer at CSU. Dwight is a 6'4" guard who averaged nearly 16 points per game a year ago.
Greg Smith said he would love to take the court in college with his little brother, but his commitment doesn't necessarily mean a Smith two-some.
"We love playing with each other," Greg Smith said. "We might get to play college ball together - I don't know. He has the talent to play for anyone. He is taking his recruitment really slow right now."
Smith said he has some work to do in the classroom, but feels confident he is up to the challenge. He wants to major in business or education, saying he works at the Omaha Boys and Girls Club where he works with children.
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