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    Whoa!!! This is pretty cool. I guess you know where u can go meet Rik and see an up and coming baller if u live in the Zionsville area.

    Do you remember Rik Smits? Of course you do. The Dunkin' Dutchman, as he was called, was the Tonto to Reggie Miller's Lone Ranger, giving the Pacers a legitimate inside presence during the playoffs in their 1990s heyday.
    Now there's a new Smits carrying the basketball torch for the family name, and like his father, he's beginning to make waves in Indiana.

    As covered by Fort Wayne TV network WANE and the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Derrik Smits is suddenly emerging as a legitimate Division I prospect as a 15-year-old in Indiana. The rising sophomore has yet to play a varsity game for his hometown Zionsville (Ind.) High, but he is a rising center prospect for the decorated Indy Spiece program.
    Perhaps most significantly, the younger Smits is also rapidly growing into his father's rather sizable shoes, quite literally; in the past year, the teenager has grown six inches to his current height of 6-foot-9 (though the News-Sentinel reported that the teen claims he is already 6-foot-10) and seen his feet grow to a size 16 sneaker.
    His game isn't anywhere nearly as refined as his father's, but Derrik Smits is already hard at work developing the kind of silky touch that his father flexed during his 12-year Pacers career.
    Smits' coach with the U15 Indy Spiece program is Jim Reamer, who said it isn't hard to identify where the younger Smits has improved in the past 12 months.
    "He's better," Reamer told the News-Sentinel, "and some of that is the inches. Some of that is being tougher and more competitive. Being able to make plays. Being able to take contact and finish plays.
    "Derrik is probably about two inches behind his dad at the same age. If it stays that way, I'll take him at 7-2. I'll be good with that."
    And while the younger Smits is still a far cry from his father's highlights, his Dad is also chipping in to help him close that gap.
    "I work with my dad a lot," Derrik Smits told the News-Sentinel. "He's helped with my outside shot. We're working on down low and post moves. I need to rebound better."
    Those rough edges certainly aren't scaring off any potential collegiate suitors. Smits has already visited Indiana and Purdue, and the News-Sentinel reported that he is expected to visit Butler and Xavier in June. Trips to Michigan, Michigan State and Mississippi State could also be in the offing.
    For now, Smits doesn't have to worry about picking his next home. Rather, he can just focus on improving in the gym and letting his talent and size take care of everything else.
    "Last year he had a hard time getting on the floor," Reamer told the News-Sentinel. "Now he gets on the floor and is able to compete. …
    "He's got great feet. He's got great hands. He just had to learn how to play with contact and finish plays."


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    Hope he turns out good and ends up at Butler.

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    How does he look with his head shaved?

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    How does he look with his head shaved?

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    I hope his shoes fit.

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    Marist has him in the bag.

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    Grow a goatee and call him Heisenberg!

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    Hope he turns out good and ends up at Purdue.
    Fixed.

    The next Brad Miller.

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    Reporter: What are your biggest strengths that you bring to the table?
    >>>"Uh, shooting. I'm an alright shooter. I guess big, a big body down low."

    I sincerely hope the kid has a great career, but at some point interviewing 15 year old kids about basketball becomes a little ridiculous. But hey, that's Hoosier Hysteria, I guess.

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    Hope he ends up in Bloomington.
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    A couple things. Zionsville has to be one of the favorites going forward in High school bball with this kid and Dakich's kid. Which is just weird.

    Secondly, any article that starts with the pair of sentences "Do you remember Rik Smits? Of course you do." Has to make you believe that the skill of writing in journalism is dead.

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    Hope he ends up anywhere but Bloomington or Ann Arbor.
    Fixed.

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    Kid is tough and has no aversion to taking a fall. I've been watching him & his Dad for years ride motocross & 4wheelers.

    I have no doubt he is 6'10" because last fall (when I last saw him) he easily was 6'8" - 6'9" then.


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    I'd love to see him go to IU for nostalgia's sake alone. Plus, I am a firm believer in bloodlines. Some of the insights from the pros can give their kids is priceless. Just because I am a cocky Indiana fan, I'll go ahead and throw this out there: If IU wants him, they will get him.

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    I hope he ends up an Indiana Hoosier. If not, just NOT Kentucky, Michigan or Michigan State.
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    I'm hoping for Butler.

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    My buddy who does motor cross races his brother I believe (it may be him). He says they have the best gear but are really bad

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    Couldn't care less where he goes to college. But, when it's time to play REAL basketball, (and if he's good, obviously), then I hope he's rocking Blue and Gold.

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    Duke!

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    I'd love to see him go to IU for nostalgia's sake alone.
    Nostalgia's sake?

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    I'm hoping for Butler.
    Then that means he wasn't good enough to go to IU.

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    Rik was at the Carmel Clay Center at College Ave. & 111th St. today playing ball with a bunch of kids. i wasn't sure it was him because he seemed to be having such a good time playing. I don't know if he volunteers there but he played for a long time, sat and watched kids play for awhile, and generally interacted positively with these kids. These guys were young enough to probably never have seen him play or if they did probably would not have appreciated his game. Nice to see a star player so involved with the community.

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    Sounds like he enjoyed his visit to IU. Definitely seems like we're in the driver's seat. Of course, still early.

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