Remember the Name
July 22, 2009 by End to End
Leo’s class of 2010 combo guard, Isaac Smith III, is one of the most underrated players in the city of Chicago. The 6’2” guard will be depended upon to take over the leadership role of the Lion squad that made it to the 3A final four last season. With all-state guard James Pointer graduated, Smith may be asked to handle the point guard duties a lot. He hasn’t run the point for much of his high school career, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t ready.
“I just have step up and be a leader now. I’m used to him (Pointer) being the leader, but now I just have to work hard in practice with the younger players and play strong,” Smith explained.
Smith’s strong work ethic includes daily workouts in the gym over the summer. He started training with Steve Pratt, of Full Package Athletics, in the Spring of 2008. Since then, his offensive game has improved from being primarily a slasher to a capable shooter and distributor.
Currently playing with Pratt’s Chicago Elite travel team, Smith displayed great passing ability in the open court during the first part of the summer circuit. While he is still streaky from three-point range, he has great lift and rotation on his jumper. He also has the ability to be a lock down defender due to his speed and long arms. College coaches started to take notice of Smith’s play at the Chicago Summer Classic in early July. If Smith can prove he can handle the point this upcoming winter for Leo, plenty of division one colleges will be knocking on his door.