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...
Subscribe to read full story
Tired of low effort articles and clickbait? So are we. Subscribe to read great articles written by a full-time staff with decades of experience.
Already a subscriber? Login Here