Smith Has Big Spring; Picks Up New Offer

After raising his play on the spring circuit, Smith earned an upgrade in his 2010 rankings. The talented center also picked up a new scholarship and updated on his recruitment.

Josh Smith, of Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, is widely recognized as one of the top centers in the 2010 class, and playing for Seattle Rotary Select on the spring AAU circuit, he proved it.

"Personally for me I thought [the spring] went pretty good," Smith said. "I'm playing a lot better since last year."

"Last year a lot of teams would hack-a-Shaq me, but this year I'm stepping up to the line and making my free throws," he continued. "I improved around the basket too. I got a lot more dunks and lay ups and And 1's."

Already equipped with scholarship offers and interest from schools on the west coast, the 6-foot-9 center is now receiving interest throughout the country. The most recent school to offer just picked up a commitment from his AAU teammate, Peyton Siva.

"Recently Louisville offered me," Smith said. Other than that it's pretty much the same schools. The whole Pac 10, Gonzaga, Texas, Georgetown, Syracuse, Tennessee, Duke and some other Big East schools [are recruiting me]."

To go with his scholarship offer from the Cardinals, Smith claims that every school in the Pac 10 has thrown an offer his way. Of all the schools recruiting the four-star prospect, two have shown him more attention.

"Right now I'd probably say UCLA and UW," Smith said. "They are both coming pretty hard."

"I think there are a lot of schools that are making sure I know they want me," he continued. "I was talking to some of their coaches and they are telling me they want to come to a bunch of my games and stuff like that."

Smith, who is No. 3 in the 2010 class, plans to sit down with his parents and narrow his list of schools by the beginning of his junior year. He doesn't have a timetable to make his collegiate decision.

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