N.C. State was rocked by news on Tuesday evening that allegedly tied it to the FBI’s long-ranging investigation into college basketball. A report from the U.S. attorney’s office in New York stated that a coach at the school arranged thousands of dollars to be paid to an unnamed commit in order to keep him from de-committing.
The player in question – unnamed in the report – is apparently Dennis Smith Jr. Smith pledged to the program in 2015, becoming now former coach Mark Gottfried’s highest-ranked commit. The Wolfpack beat out fellow in-state programs Duke and North Carolina to land Smith.
Up until now, we hadn’t heard Smith and his side of the story. That changed on Thursday as he gave his first public comments on the matter.
“I haven’t seen the new reports, but when the last ones came out I saw my name in there,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, as reported by The News and Observer. “And there isn’t anything I can do about it. It just is what it is.”
Smith finished his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 15.2 points, 5.2 assists and 29.7 minutes per game. This offseason, though, looks as if it will involve a number of questions regarding Smith and whether or not the allegations he mentioned are true.