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Highlights: Dennis Smith scores 23 in NC State’s win over McNeese

DSJ is still warming up after missing a year of basketball because of injury. The more he gets acclimated, the scarier he becomes.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina State at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Smith was tremendous against McNeese State on Thursday night, scoring 23 points in only 20 minutes. He made nine of his 12 field goal attempts, including a 4-5 effort from three. It was pretty easy to tell he was feeling good about his jump shot early, and several of his three-pointers hit nothing but net.

He drew a foul on a three-point attempt that he swished in the first half, and by that point it felt a little unfair.

After a slow start shooting the ball this year, Smith is now up to 38.5% from three-point range. We know what he can do off the bounce and if he is able to confidently pull up and knock down long jumpers, he becomes that much better.

He can also dunk pretty good, too.