Danville High School entered the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament off to a big 6-2 start this seaon. Then the season quickly went backwards from there as they lost their opening round game of the tournament and things got even worse in the next round when star guard Tevin Smith went down with an injury. Smith is still currently out with an injured knee and Danville has dropped their record down just below five hundred to 13-14 on the season. 

It has been a rough several weeks for the highly touted Smith having to spend a large portion of the season on the sidelines. “It’s been hard not playing because at first, we thought it was like before where I just sit out for a week or two then being able to get back on the court…Then just watching and losing because I’m not playing and knowing I can make a difference on the court it’s really hard mentally,” Smith mentioned on how it’s been dealing with his injury. 

While the injury has slowed him on the court, it hasn’t slowed down his recruitment. Over his impressive career he has been able to earn himself scholarship offer from Bradley, DePaul, Oregon, Tennessee-Martin, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As well there is a long list of schools pursuing him including Auburn, California, Colorado State, Illinois State, Iowa, Loyola-Chicago, Miami Ohio, among several others. 

A pair of schools from the long list have stuck out the most to Smith so far. “Oregon definitely stands out because me and (assistant) Coach Mennenga talk all the time about everything. Me and Bradley Coach Wardle talk, he’s been checking up on me making sure that I’m healthy.” As well, Smith is looking to take a visit out west to Oregon soon. 

There are some specific things Smith is looking for when he moves on to the next level, “I’m looking to play at a fast pace, a school that is the right fit for me, not a lot of sets but playing decision making based off what the defense gives you.” One aspect that he is looking to accomplish when gets to his future college is a big one, “looking to lead a team to a National Championship,” Smith stated. 

While Smith has missed over a month of the season, he is still eyeing a comeback with Danville this season. The junior is looking towards later this month when he can join his teammates and get back out on the court. Additionally, he is looking towards being healthy in the spring season playing with Meanstreets.