• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 four-star Colin Smith

Tell me about where you grew up.

I grew up in Desoto Texas and I’ve been living here my entire life

Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?

Basketball was definitely always something I loved, my dad put a ball in my hands around when I was five so he’s been an coach and mentor the whole way

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

I think I started to take it seriously around like 5th or 6th grade

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

My cousin Kurt Thomas was in the league for a long time and played with a lot of teams

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

I would describe my game as a all around player who gets their teammates involved but can go score whenever and a great defender

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

It means a lot to me because it’s like a escape from what’s going on in the world when I’m on the court it just me and the ball

Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?

I definitely starting to shrink my list at the moment so I should make a top list soon

What schools reach out to you the most?

Purdue, Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Kansas are some that reach out a lot

During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?

I think it does matter to me if you reach out on a constant basis because I know the coaches have a lot to do

What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

What I have found very productive is if we can get a zoom meeting going and they just give a presentation about their school and basketball program.

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

My sister had just gone through the recruiting process so I knew some little things from her experience even though we have very different circumstances

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

Something I would say is to take your time and be patience and don’t let anyone force you into a quick decision.

Have you talked with anyone else on your class about possibly forming a package deal in college?

I have not talked to anyone about going to college as a package deal

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially or virtually?

Michigan, Stanford, Illinois, Arkansas, Purdue, Vanderbilt, OSU, Minnesota, FSU, Kansas

Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?

Purdue, Memphis, FSU, USC

Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?

Not really, it would be nice to have some players come in with me but there are already gonna be good at the college level

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