Dennis Smith Jr. has received plenty of pre-season attention from media members both locally and nationally—attention that ramped up a bit after his comeback performance at Adidas Nations in August. He’s been named a preseason third-team All-American by Athlon, and on Tuesday he earned second-team honors from College Basketball Talk.
I’m curious if these are unprecedented accolades for an NC State freshman. I’m guessing they probably are. I’m also curious how ACC media members will vote at media day in October and whether or not they’re on board with DSJ as potentially one of the top 10 or 15 players in the country. If he makes All-ACC first-team, then they are.
Smith is more than capable of living up to whatever hype gets tossed at him between now and the start of the season. As the leader of an offense that should be really good—and maybe one that plays a little faster, too—he has a great opportunity to put up big numbers.