2010 guard would like to visit Kentucky

The Kentucky coaching staff has cast a wide recruiting net already for the Class of 2010, including two commitments and a bevy of prospects. Kentucky Sports Report has the scoop on one player in the latter category, Lenzelle Smith of Zion, Illinois.

Lenzelle Smith, a 6-foot-3 point guard, has been receiving mail from UK for several months now, and is hoping to hear more from the Wildcats staff.

"I know about some of the coaching staff … I watched them [on TV] a few times last year," said Smith, who as a sophomore led Zion-Benton Township to the state championship game while averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game. "I know a little bit about them but I'd like to [take a visit] so I can make the most informed decision possible."

Smith has no lack of suitors, roughly 10 of who have verbally offered scholarships.

"I've been hearing from quite a few. I've been hearing from Illinois, Kentucky, Marquette, Virginia, Northwestern, Ohio State, Florida, Miami, Boston College, USC and quite a few others," he said.

It's not hard to see why; Smith has excellent size to go with polished skills at the point guard position.

"I can get to the basket at will. I'm pretty big so it's hard for other guards to guard me, especially coming off of screens. I can pass and I can shoot the ball fairly well. I'm kind of a bigger guard so I can go down to the post and get two points and I can guard post players, but I have the size and length, so I can also defend smaller guards," he said.

Smith has taken a handful of visits to local and regional schools like Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern. While in Florida for AAU nationals he checked out UF as well. Despite his Midwestern roots he has no preference in terms of location.

"I've been watching every conference. I like the Big 10, but I also like the ACC, SEC, lots of conferences. I would be pleased to play in any conference," he said. "I'd like to go somewhere where it's not too cold. I'd like to stay somewhat warm."

In terms of his criteria for selecting a school, he said, "A coaching staff that really cares for its players, and where I can trust the coaching staff. I'd also like to be someone who makes an early impact."

Smith doesn't hold a UK offer at this point and is hoping to hear more from the staff. KSR will keep you posted should that occur …


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