I.C. Norcom (Portsmouth, VA) small forward Dorian Finney-Smith , one of the top 2011 class prospects in the state, recently narrowed his list to Florida, Maryland, Old Dominion, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. The 6-7, 192-pound prospect visited one of his favorites last week and will be able to check out another this week.
“I visited Virginia Tech on Thursday,” said Finney-Smith, who has been officially offered by Tech, ODU and UVa. The other three finalists are showing strong interest.
“Virginia Tech is close to home. It seemed like a good place.”
On the visit, Finney-Smith spoke with coaches and players and played some pick-up basketball with the players.
“They play up and down,” Finney-Smith said. “It seems like I could play up there.”
Virginia Tech’s hiring of assistant coach John Richardson could pay dividends here. Richardson, who coached the previous five years at Old Dominion University, is close with Finney-Smith.
“I’ve known him all my life,” said Finney-Smith, whose brother, Ben Finney, is a rising senior guard/forward at Old Dominion.
This week, Finney-Smith will be in Charlottesville for the NBAPA Top 100 Camp. He plans to use this opportunity to take a close look at UVa’s facilities and perhaps more.
“I’ve never visited there, but it’s close to home,” Finney-Smith said of UVa. “I’ll be able to see it some this week.”
Virginia’s coaches have been in close contact with the talented rising senior.
“Coach Bennett said I could fit his system,” Finney-Smith said. “They are talking good, too. I talk to Coach Bennett and Coach Jason [Williford].”
Finney-Smith wants to sign a letter of intent in November. As for when a commitment could come, he didn’t say.
“My main focus right now is on having a good summer,” said Finney-Smith.
Rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com, Finney-Smith offers a variety of skills on the basketball court. On Norcom and the Boo Williams AAU squad, he is often called upon to play point forward. He averaged almost 20 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks per contest as a junior this past season, helping...
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