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Aquan Smart’s ridiculous start

Niles North’s, Aquan Smart, is putting up video game stats to begin his senior season. The recent East Tennessee State de-commit has his team off to a hot start while being the focal point for every opposing team.

How ridiculous has Aquan been the past few games?

How about this…

30 point game — 27 points in the 3rd quarter alone!
34 point game with 6 steals!
38 point game — 20 in the 4th quarter alone!

Aquan’s Niles North squad early success is in large part to his hot start. These wild scoring games are coming against tough opponents, too. Aquan would be the first one to tell you that this a team effort, but we can’t ignore the gaudy numbers he’s posted recently.

Aquan’s grassroots team, Pure Prep, played in our RecruitLook Hoops League in 2019 — we know that he’s one of the best guards in the country. He began last April with a few Division One programs interested and stating they’ll keep tabs on him. At the time of his verbal commitment to Coach Forbes at ETSU, Aquan had 10+ division one offers! Now that he has de-committed, he’s been hearing from: Texas, Indiana, DePaul, Iowa State, Northwestern and others.

His stock was high then… and it’s only getting higher!

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