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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dennis Smith Jr. sure looks ready.North Carolina States prized freshman point guard is pushing through a workout in the practice gym on a hot July afternoon, and theres no sign of the knee injury that defined his past year.Hes sprinting along the baseline to bury a catch-and-shoot corner 3-pointer. Hes dribbling between chairs and stutter-stepping his way to a pull-up jumper. Hes launching himself at the rim for a dunk off the dribble.I dont expect to be rusty at all, Smith said in an interview with The Associated Press. I was feeling kind of nervous at one point, but I went in and did a workout and then I was thinking, `Im putting in all this work so all the nervousness should be out of my mind. I had no reason to be timid.I just have to go out there and perform, no excuses.A lot has happened for Smith in 12 months. The Fayetteville native suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in a game during the Adidas Nations event featuring top prospects. He had surgery, picked N.C. State, graduated from high school early and enrolled in college in January to rehab and learn the Wolfpacks system before his debut later this year.Tuesday marks one year since the injury for the 6-foot-3 Smith, ranked by ESPN as the nations No. 1 point guard when he signed last fall.Weve tried to be real conservative with him as far as not letting him do too much too fast, coach Mark Gottfried said. At his age, he cant wait. Hes dying to play every day.Smith started earning his leadership role as soon as he arrived in Raleigh, pointing out instructions to teammates or calling them to the gym for extra work even though he couldnt play. He figures that time observing from the sideline has prepared him to replace high-scoring floor leader Anthony Cat Barber.I feel like Ive gotten smarter, definitely, Smith said. I see the game totally different now. I read pick-and-roll easier. I feel like Ive gotten more sound on defense because I understand angles better.The physical work to get back has been tougher.Roughly a year ago, Smith was lying in a bed after surgery trying to stay positive. He asked trainer Ja-Rell Bailey to bring him some free weights for upper-body exercises even if he couldnt do much else, an example of why Bailey described Smith as a man determined.Smiths father said the rehab emphasized building leg strength to protect and stabilize the injured knee, something his son said he will keep doing in both legs for years to come. Smiths work has helped him go from 180 pounds to a college-ready 192-pound frame.Hes got his bounce back, so he can dunk and everything, Dennis Smith Sr. said. But what Junior has got, God gave it to him. . A lot of times you run into kids who are built off of hype because they do a fancy move or have a good game. Junior aint hype. Hes the real deal.Regardless, Gottfried expects Smith to have a learning curve.For me, he said, I think what you see in November is going to be much different than what you see in January.The Wolfpack will look much different, too, after missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five seasons. N.C. State welcomes Scout.coms No. 6-ranked recruiting class that includes five-star Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven. Senior guard Terry Henderson returns from an ankle injury that sidelined him 7 minutes into last season. Charlotte transfer and former Conference USA freshman of the year Torin Dorn Jr. will play after sitting out last year.Still, Smith is the guy stirring the most buzz for Wolfpack fans -- something he has no trouble embracing.I really dont feel that pressure though, Smith said. I feel like if you come in and you expect to play well, then you should have those expectations of people talking. Its just playing basketball to me. 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That approach is required for the middle contest of their three-game homestand with Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on deck.The Wizards (10-14) defeated the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night 109-106 in large part to all-around performances from guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. Yet the postgame focus from both locker rooms centered on Washingtons aggressive work on both ends of the court after Hornets took a 10-point lead early in the third quarter.It was our defensive pressure, Beal said after Washington won for the third time in four games. We got tired of giving them open 3s in the first half, comfortable shots...In the second half, we just got after it.Washington got after it on the boards and interior scoring, finishing with a 56-28 points in the paint advantage.Center Marcin Gortats presence was felt in those areas, as well as helping free Wall and Beal for open looks. Wall had 25 points, 10 assists and seven steals. Beal scored 18 of 20 points in the second half and finished with a career-high nine assists.He did a great job screening, Wall said of Gortat. He really didnt focus on getting the ball as much, he just did a great job screening and rebounding the ball for us. At the end he set good screens and got an opportunity to get the ball and finish at the rim.The Wiizards will see plenty of Drummond if they attack the rim Friday night in their first meeting against the Pistons (14-13).ddddddddddddDrummond, second in the NBA with 13.7 rebounds per game, grabbed 17 in Detroits 95-85 victory in Dallas on Wednesday night. The Pistons outrebounded the Mavericks 50-30. They also rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter as the Reggie Jackson-led offense eventually helped Drummond and those defending.Our defense kept us around and then we finally had a good offensive quarter in the fourth, coach Stan Van Gundy said. 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