Dennis Smith Jr. was forced to exit Team Wall's 117-73 win over Team Lillard on Aug. 2 in the Adidas Nations. As a result, the star recruit is looking at a lengthy recovery process.
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Fellow Top Prospect Girls Sends Condolences After Smith's Father Confirms Six- to Nine-Month Layoff
Tuesday, Aug. 11
On Aug. 10, College Basketball Talk's Scott Phillips reported Smith suffered a torn ACL earlier in the month. Doctors performed surgery on Smith's left knee, and he's expected to be out six to nine months.
Smith remained optimistic in a tweet sent out regarding the injury:
Fellow 5-star prospect Harry Giles sent Smith an Instagram message with the following caption following the star's injury:
My Motivation for this upcoming season‼️ My family man .. Hard watching you go down the way you did bro because in my mind you were at your best but everything happens for a reason. I went through the same thing your about to face and it didn't bother me one bit! I know with your will, this injury will be nothing. They won't forget about you but you'll start to realize who really rock with you for you so this life lesson right here is what will make you great! I'm with you the whole way bro .. Stay up cause God got you
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Smith is the No. 1 point guard in the 2016 recruiting class. Jerry Meyer of 247Sports firmly believes the injury will have little impact on his recruiting. 247Sports' crystal ball predictions overwhelmingly have him committing to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Even if you use an optimistic estimate for his recovery date, it's unlikely Smith will play in another high school game. By the time he's back to 100 percent, the season could very well be over.
That's not necessarily a bad thing since it would allow Smith to focus fully on building back the strength in his left knee rather than rushing to try and get on the court.
This is unquestionably a big setback for Smith, but he's young enough and talented enough to the extent that his career trajectory shouldn't be radically altered by an ACL tear.