As one of the top shooters in Michigan’s 2024 class, Daniel Smythe has been receiving interest from college programs on all levels. The 6’3” guard of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s also received his first scholarship offer after a breakout grassroots season playing with Team Rose. 

Last month, Smythe received an offer from in-state Rochester University. When asked about the NAIA school, Smythe said “Rochester has been playing at the highest level for a long time and are always competing for a national championship. I really love the coaching staff and their values. They care a lot about turning their players into good young men.” 

Some of the other programs showing interest in the high academic senior are Air Force, Central Michigan, Columbia, Dartmouth, Hillsdale, UIC, University of Chicago, Williams, among others. He has already taken visits to Air Force, UIC, and University of Chicago.

“The visit was great,” Smythe said about his trip to UIC. “Really enjoyed the campus and talking with the coaches. The facilities were awesome, and it was a very unique part of Chicago, having both a college campus and city feel to it at the same time.” Up next for the fast-rising senior is an official visit to Columbia and an unofficial to Central Michigan.

There are factors both on and off the court that Smythe is searching for in his future college. “I’m looking for high academics and a supportive coaching staff that understands the way I play. I want to be around a program that has a winning culture and will help me improve both as a player and as a person.”