Ray Smith's high school career is in serious jeopardy. But on Sunday night he took the first step toward planning for the future. The five-star small forward verbally committed to Arizona's 2015 recruiting class, three days after suffering a serious knee injury. The 6-foot-8 Smith, who plays for the Las Vegas High School Wildcats, announced his decision with a tweet. "My high school has a saying once a wildcat always a wildcat. I guess it's true," he wrote. "I have committed to UofA #beardown." Smith's timing is curious: He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in a knee during Thursday's Adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago. The injury likely will cost Smith his senior season, his father told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "As of today I would say he's not going to play the high school basketball season," Bobby Smith told the newspaper. "If he comes back, it would be toward the end of the playoffs." Whether the ACL tear was a concern to any of the college coaches is unclear, but his father said it was not an issue. The Scout.com recruiting service ranks Smith as a five-star player. He chose UA over offers from nine other schools, including Texas, Louisville and defending national champion Connecticut.
Injured 5-star forward Ray Smith commits to Arizona
Arizona Republic | Jul 15