WINSTON-SALEM — Guard Ish Smith was finishing plays, kind of like old times, during Wake Forest's basketball practice Tuesday.
And that's good news for the undefeated, No. 4 ranked Deacons, who play North Carolina Sunday night in Winston-Salem. Deacons.
Smith, who suffered a foot fracture in September, made three key baskets - including a game-winning floater — while directing his "Black" team in a closing scrimmage.
"Ish has really been coming on,'' coach Dino Gaudio said after the long workout. "I'm happy to see him scoring. Everything else in his game is coming, except he wasn't making his shots."
Smith, who has been coming off the bench since the injury, is shooting 35.1 percent on a 13-for-37 touch while averaging 17.1 minutes per game. The Deacons hope his floor time keeps increasing.
"Ish gives us a lot of options,'' Gaudio said. "Naturally, without calling anything or running any [play], he creates a lot of shots for us."
Jeff Teague, who plays the point when Smith is sitting, says of his backcourt mate: "He can do some incredible things."