NC State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will attend the NBA Draft in person—if he wants to, anyway. Smith is one of the lucky few to earn an invite to the draft’s green room, as Draft Express reported this weekend. Around 20 players are expected to be invited to the green room.
NC State has had first-round picks in recent history (Julius Hodge, Cedric Simmons, J.J. Hickson, T.J. Warren) but none have been as highly-regarded as DSJ, who should end up being the highest-drafted prospect of that bunch.
So he should not have to wait long to hear his name called—Draft Express has him going at No. 10 to Sacramento. He was at one time considered a potential No. 1 overall pick, but that’s become unlikely over the last few months.
I’ve seen people knock Smith over his effort at NC State, which is a little confusing to me given the circumstances of the season. If you were going to be a lottery pick in several months, how would you treat a season going nowhere? I’m not saying he couldn’t have played harder, but it’s weird that he’s getting taken to task for his team’s bad year while Markell Fultz has gotten a pass for how terrible his Washington team was.
But that aside, it’s still going to be a big night for DSJ.