2020 PG Aquan Smart Commits To East Tennessee State University

2020 PG Aquan Smart has just verbally committed to East Tennessee State University, he tells Recruit Look Hoops. 

Smart, who plays for Niles North High School in Illinois, joins 6’7” F Cam Bryant of Dutchtown High School in Georgia as ETSU’s lone commitments in the 2020 class. 

Smart officially visited ETSU on September 6th, making the call for the Buccaneers just 3 weeks later. Smart chose ETSU over a number of schools, including FIU where he took an official visit to just last weekend. 

Several schools were vying for his services including high major programs Iowa State and Ole Miss who were trying to jump in the recruitment late. This comes off as a huge win for Coach Steve Forbes and the staff at ETSU. 

Coach Forbes’ message to Smart during his recruitment was simple, “He was going to put me in the right position to succeed.” 

So why ETSU over the other schools, especially Iowa State and Ole Miss? Two things stood out to Smart, “Family environment and the coaches.”

“I felt like I was ready to make this decision. Those are great schools but you never know what the possibilities of those things are,” said Smart regarding the interest from Iowa State and Ole Miss. 

Smart wants Buccaneers fans to know that they’re getting a player that’s always going to give 110%. 

“I’m an exciting player that loves to win. I’ll do anything for my team and coaches.”

Although his recruitment is over that’s not going to stop him from trying to get more talented players to join him and Bryant next season. For the players who are considering ETSU, Smart wants them to know two things. 

“We’re going to be special and shock the world.”


I was first able to see Aquan in the spring and he immediately caught my eye as someone I needed to continue to watch. He is tenacious on both ends of the floor and is always in attack mode when on offense. Quick and decisive score first point guard with incredible court vision and always looks to get his teammates involved as well. Aquan displays great athleticism, which helps him succeed on the defensive end as well. The next step for him is becoming more consistent as a shooter, but he is more than capable of knocking down the three-pointer at a consistently high rate. 

Tyler Simpson – Recruit Look Hoops

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August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

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