Javonte Smart, who’s rated as the No. 1 point guard of the 2018 recruiting class by Scout.com, recently spoke about his recruitment from top schools. A common question that gets thrown around to these young ball players is, “Who’s your favorite NBA player?”. Being a point guard, it’s no surprise that John Wall was Smart’s answer.
“John Wall is my favorite point guard,” he said. “He’s great, and Calipari coached him. That’s a great thing. … Everybody says you have to have that dog in you. He’s got that. And that’s what I want to learn from him.”
What better way could Smart begin his journey to the NBA than to follow in his favorite player’s footsteps? John Wall was also the No 1. point guard heading into college, so Smart already has that checked off the list. Next up, he just needs that scholarship offer from UK.
Coach Calipari has yet to extend an offer to Javonte Smart, but many believe it’s coming soon. Kentucky has already extended scholarship offers to 2018 point guards Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes. Calipari has attended more of Smart’s games recently, so Smart thinks its coming soon.
“He’s a great coach,” Smart said. “He’s one of the best coaches in college, if not the best.”
He definitely seems very interested in Kentucky and John Calipari, especially since it’s where John Wall played. The 2018 class of point guards has mixed rankings, depending upon which scouting site you visit. Some have Garland at the top, others have Quickley, and then there’s Smart. Of the top 5 PGs in the 2018 class, Smart is the tallest at 6’5.
You can check out more of Smart’s recent comments, including other schools’ recruiting him and living near LSU at the following link: