Now that the college basketball regular season is over and we are less than a week away from March Madness, the floodgates will start opening as all of the super freshman and underclassmen will start letting their intentions to enter the 2017 NBA Draft be known.
Top 5 projected point guard Dennis Smith Jr. gave the first official declaration after his season ended on Friday for a pretty bad N.C. State team (they finished 15-17 and fired their coach mid-season).
Smith averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds on 45 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season and was named ACC Freshman of the Year.
He is a top five projected draft pick (a perfect fit for a team like the Magic) and his game is full of explosiveness and elite quickness even by NBA point guard standards.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) March 6, 2017
His game and build are eerily similar to Steve Francis, who starred for the Rockets in the early 2000s and was a highlight waiting to happen with his dunks and nasty crossovers.
Smith may not have the potential or level of substance of a Markelle Fultz or a Lonzo Ball potentially, but he has the ability to be a hell of an NBA player.