Checking In With Dorian Finney-Smith

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As Norcom (Portsmouth, VA) head coach Leon Goolsby has said, “It’s all about winning” to Dorian Finney-Smith . Winning became the prevailing theme in last night’s interview with the 6-7, 190-pound senior forward, who has signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech.

A few sample questions from the interview…

Do you feel more comfortable scoring from outside or inside?

“Points don’t mean a lot to me. I just want to win,” said Finney-Smith, who certainly can score, having put up 16, 26 and 21 points over the course of the past three games. “If I need to score, I can score from outside or down low. Like one game this season, when we were down 20, I had to step up and score. I’ll do whatever. I just don’t give up.”

What are your goals for career at Virginia Tech?

“I just want to get there and try to win,” Finney-Smith said.

Finney-Smith walks the walk, doing whatever it takes to win. As a junior, he averaged 19 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals per game. From point guard to center, he’ll play wherever he is needed. For Finney-Smith, his basketball philosophy is to keep it simple and let the game come to him.

“Really, I try to be aggressive and stay out of foul trouble,” Finney-Smith said. “And I try to get the rest of my team involved. I try to play basketball with reaction. If I see somebody open, I get it to them. I just try and stay aggressive.”

The defending Group AAA state champions, Norcom has won 27 straight games dating back to last season. The Greyhounds are 16-0 so far this season, capturing two big-time wins including one over North Carolina prep power Word of God. (This is the game in which Norcom erased a 20-point deficit to win by two points.) Finney-Smith had 20 points and 10 boards in the win.

Norcom also defeated Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, NV), which is currently ranked #8 in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings. Findlay was in the top

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