Power forward Quadree Smith talks about upcoming decision

Quadree Smith was set to continue his college career at UNC-Greensboro just a few months ago.

A change of heart and the improvement in his all-around skills have made the 6-foot-8 power forward a hot commodity on the recruiting market. Smith decommitted from UNC-Greensboro early this year and has been talking to coaches from across the country over the last few weeks.

That time has allowed Smith to better gauge his options heading into his second commitment announcement that will come on Wednesday.

UNT jumped into the hunt within the last 10 days and made the cut to a handful of teams Smith is still considering. UNT head coach Tony Benford and assistant Scott Monarch have been in regular contact with Smith over the last few days.

“North Texas just came in last week and offered me,” Smith said. “Coach Benford reached out to me along with coach Monarch.”

Florida Gulf Coast, Niagara, Toledo, Kent State, St. Peter’s and Austin Peay are among the other teams still in the hunt for Smith’s commitment.

Smith said he felt like he rushed his decision the first time. He was careful to consider what was important to him this time around and settled on a few factors he is examining with each school.

“I want to have a chance to play as a freshman year, to go a place the coach’s job in secure and where I will be developed the right way,” Smith said. “Location is not important. It would be nice to be located close to home, but playing time is the most important thing.”

Smith is from the East Coast and would be far away from home if he committed to UNT, a school he has never visited.

One factor that could play in UNT’s favor is playing time. UNT parted ways with centers Keith Coleman and Kelvin Gaines after last season. UNT is moving to an up-tempo system, but Benford said that UNT would have a true center on its roster next season. The Mean Green missed out on Nohoumus Bocoum, a Paris JC standout who committed to Arkansas State.

Smith said UNT’s coaches have told him that they believe he is capable of filling the void.

The problem for UNT is Smith’s stock is clearly on the rise after he dropped his weight 40 pounds from a listed 290 and improved his offensive game.

“I have trimmed down to 250, showed more of a midrange game and that I can be a guy to take over a game,” Smith said.

That improvement attracted the attention of UNT and several other teams.

After talking to several and visiting a few schools, Smith is ready to make a decision, one he will likely announce on Twitter.

“I will go wherever I need to in order to pursue my dream of getting to the NBA,” Smith said. “I also want to go to a school where I can get to the NCAA tournament.”

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