Over the summer Josh Smith was one of the more impressive junior guards in the Midwest playing with Oak Park-River Forest High School and the Illinois Wolves. The guard was stellar with the Wolves at the NY2LA Summer Jam helping them win the 16U Platinum Championship. Over the summer Smith was able to catch the eye of many mid-major and high-major division one programs. 

The guard is still a very under recruited player as UIC is the lone school to offer Smith a scholarship. The offer was back in July a couple days after the Summer Jam Tournament. While the junior is grateful for his lone offer, he is more concentrated on winning in the upcoming high school season and developing his point guard skills. 

Smith has plenty that he is looking for in his future school. “I would look for diversity and a good culture for me as a student-athlete and a school that will allow me with the ball in my hands to make big plays,” Smith stated. Other elements that the junior said he would be looking for in a college included coaches that care about their players and help their games grow. 

The junior is a highly talented and lengthy 6’4” guard. He is a playmaker on both ends of the court. He is at his best attacking the rim as he is quick off the dribble. Able to score at the rim often and distribute on the drive but can also hit shots from the perimeter as well. On the opposite end, he is a quality perimeter defender with his length and quickness. Even with all his skills on the court, Smith considers his greatest strength as “my ability to play hard and take it one play at a time.”

This season Smith will be a part of a highly talented Oak Park-River Forest team. Alongside him are junior forward Isaiah Barnes and senior forward Justin Cross. When asked about goals for the season, Smith said “We want to be a contender for state. Our goal is to be the best team we can be…We want to make sure our chemistry is good and all of our guys understand their roles and our goal as a team.” On a personal level, the junior would like to become a more vocal leader that can make his teammates better.