His name hasn’t drawn the same attention as Washington’s Markelle Fultz or UCLA’s Lonzo Ball or Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, all point guards who are expected to go in the top five of the NBA draft.
That is not an issue for North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr.
The idea of trying to compare himself to his three counterparts is not something Smith considers.
“No, sir,” Smith said Sunday afternoon after being one of six players to participate in the Lakers’ pre-draft workouts at the team’s practice facility. “Just myself. I don’t compare.”
Smith’s numbers are equally as impressive as Fultz, Ball and Fox. Having played in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference allowed...