Sunday, September 4, 2011

Welcome to NE: Dayshon Smith

Scoochie took the 16u MVP at Rumble in the Bronx

 Putnam Science Loadin' Up
- Rice HS in NYC has long been a basketball-power that has produced players such as Felipe Lopez, Kemba Walker, Russell Robinson, and Kadeem Jack.  Sadly, in June, Rice was forced to close due to financial reasons, forcing current students to look elsewhere to complete their high school educations.  One of these students is Dayshon 'Scoochie' Smith, an exciting, free-wheelin' New York City point guard with a tight handle who runs with the New York Gauchos on the AAU circuit and will be taking his talents to Putnam Science Academy in CT.  

Scoochie's a high IQ player who knows how to run a club efficiently.  He attacks with the bounce and looks to use his court vision to create for teammates.  But what makes Smith such a dangerous back-court player is that he also has high-level scoring ability from the point, with a beautiful shooting-stroke off the catch 1-2 and the propensity to pull the trey-ball trigger in transition.  He also uses the dribble to go to the basket and will finish at the cup or look for a floater in the lane.  As he tightens up his pull-up game and gets stronger, allowing him to play through more contact, Smith's scoring ability will continue to blossom. 

In terms of his recruitment, so far, Dayshon holds an offer from Fairfield and is also receiving interest from schools such as "Syracuse, Providence, St Peters, Iona, Manhattan, and Quinnipiac."  Dayshon will enter his junior year intent on taking his game to a new level and turning the volume up on his recruitment.  At PSA, he'll team with Jonathan Joseph, Tyree Robinson, Keon Scott and Shaun Lawton to form a prospect-laden nucleus for Head Coach Tom Espinosa.

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