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    RALEIGH, N. Authentic Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey .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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PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks will attempt to continue their domination of the New York Mets when the teams meet against Tuesday at Chase Field.Arizona has won the first four games of the season series after posting a 10-6 victory Monday, the first game of a three-game set at home.The Diamondbacks swept the Mets in Citi Field last Tuesday-Thursday, outscoring them 17-5. The D-backs have trailed in only one of the 36 innings played, that when the Mets scored in the first inning of the first game last Tuesday.The D-backs opened the game with the highest ERA (5.09) in the majors, but you cannot tell it by the way they have pitched against the Mets.They have a good offensive team, and you have to pitch against them, Mets manager Terry Collins said. Some of the ERAs, people have hit them. We havent been hitting. Weve had a tough time scoring.With our pitching, when you score six runs you should win the game. We let them get ahead, and we couldnt stop them.Arizona rookie right-hander Braden Shipley (2-1) finished off the sweep in New York last week with seven scoreless innings in a 9-0 victory in his fourth major league start. He will make his fifth Tuesday.Shipley has given up two runs in 19 innings in his last three starts, all quality starts, and against the Mets became the second pitcher in franchise history with an RBI and a stolen base in the same game.Right-hander Noah Syndergard (9-7) will oppose Shipley, the same matchup as last Wednesday.The Diamondbacks scored three runs and had four stolen bases in five innings off Syndergaard in the last meetiing. Cheap Tampa Bay Rays Gear. They had 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts in the three-game series, and they had two more stolen bases Monday. Syndergaard has given up a major league-high 36 stolen bases. Opponents have been thrown out four times.Arizona had nine extra-base hits -- seven doubles, a triple and a home run -- in their outburst against Bartolo Colon on Monday, turning things around after being outscored 31-9 while losing a three-game series at Boston over the weekend.Offense was outstanding, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. They kept coming. Its something we talked about in spring training and it was great to see.Welington Castillo provided some needed pop in his return, tying a career high with four hits and getting two doubles after missing six games last week when his wife delivered their second child. Because of some since-resolved complications, Castillo stayed with his family instead of going to Boston last weekend.My mind felt free, Castillo said. I have the baby at home, my wife too. Theyre both healthy so Im just here to do what I love to do. You worry about your wife, is anything bad going to happen? The baby was too big. Now Im (good) and Im going to do everything I can do to help my team win.Arizona manager Chip Hale called Castillos performance pretty impressive.Its tough to miss a whole road trip and have all the stress you have with the wife and the baby and to come back and get those hits was great, he added. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaWholesale NFL Womens Jerseys China NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '