Peay Tracking Ox

Roderick Smith (2018) is an ox.  Smith has bizarre power, extreme strength, and yet he dances on his feet quite lightly.

A sophomore-to-be at Crystal Springs High School in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, Smith made his name on the camp circuit in 2015.  In 2016, he started to pop at a few AAU events.  Now he is hearing from college coaches.

“I got another offer from Mississippi Valley and schools that are looking at me are Southeastern Louisiana , Austin Peay, Southern Miss , and Ole Miss and Lousiana Tech,” said Smith Sunday morning via DM.

Austin Peay Assistant Coach Jay Bowen has extended a little cursory hello.

Roderick Smith

According to the Smith he will visit Northwestern State, in Louisiana, next weekend.  Northwestern State is geniusly located in the northwestern portion of the state.  Thankfully their campus and city have been spared the widespread flooding in the southern stretches of the beautiful state.

Smith is frankly better than Northwestern State, but you will never hear the perfect gentleman acknowledge it.  He is trusting the process and showing love to a coaching staff that loves him.  Northwestern State became his first D1 offer earlier this month.  Mississippi Valley doubled his tally over the weekend.

Smith’s friend, Robert Kendrick, earned an early Austin Peay offer and exclusively discussed the program with last week.  Smash that link for the article. will keep an eye on Smith’s recruitment.  He is a wonderful kid that I have personally coached.

These are evaluations I wrote about him in 2015.


CAMP ( October 10-11, 2015): Robert is somewhere between a small forward and a power forward.  He can play power forward at the mid-major or low-major level.  If he wants to be a HM wing he must improve defensive lateral mobility and get his handles to an elite level.  Rebounding is incredible.  Power the same.  Smith got frustrated late in the camp and didn’t give his customary 100%.  –Andrew Force


Camp: (May 30-31, 2015) The power of Roderick is staggering.  His big body at 230 pounds, Smith reminds of a young Jared Sullinger.  Standing 6-foot-6 inches, he loves to handle out high or dive down low.  The truest test of his ceiling will be how he develops his back-to-the-basket feet.  Judging by his athleticism and toughness mastering the post game should be an easy task.  Look for him to make his debut in the national rankings next update. -Andrew Force

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