NC State's Dennis Smith shows why he's in play to be the No. 1 NBA Draft pick

If you follow the Frosh Watch, you know plenty about NC State's Dennis Smith Jr. The point guard extraordinaire has been in my top 10 Freshman of the Year rankings since the start. But he hasn't been getting much run nationally.

That will now change.

NC State did what Duke couldn't: wallop on Virginia Tech. The newly ranked, No. 21 Hokies, coming off an impressive beatdown of Duke over the weekend, traveled to Raleigh and couldn't contain Smith. The 18-year-old put up just the second triple-double in program history, finishing with 27 points, 11 assists, 11 boards and five steals.

All in all, it's one of the better games any player has had this season in college basketball.

Smith was 9-of-16 from the field as well, though he did commit five turnovers, too. NC State (12-3) won with ease, 104-78. The Wolfpack putting up 101 also amounts to the team's most points in an ACC game in almost 26 years.

Here's another bit of Smith goodness.

Smith has the whole package. He plays with poise, smarts, athleticism, is good at both ends and has a pure point guard demeanor to his game. You'll start to see and hear more about him as ACC play kicks up and NC State puts itself in position for a solid NCAA Tournament seed, and don't be surprised if you're hearing a whole lot about him come NBA Draft time, when he could realistically go No. 1 overall, as much of a stretch as that might sound like to those not paying a lot of attention to him.

Few players in college hoops this season have the pro potential of Smith. He's been showing that a lot lately, but never more productively and plainly than in the style he did to the Hokies on Wednesday night.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his ninth season reporting on college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics... Full Bio

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