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ABCD: Nolan Smith loves Louisville

TEANECK, NJ -- 6'2 Nolan Smith, one of the top players in the class of 2007, is playing well at ABCD this week and is making a name for himself nationally. Nolan spoke with ITV on Wednesday about his game and love for Louisville. <P> Also:&nbsp;<a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/120484.html">Nike Camp Day Four</a>&nbsp;<img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

ABCD: Nolan Smith loves Louisville

6'2 Nolan Smith, the son of former UofL great Derek Smith, is playing well this week at the adidas ABCD Camp and is making a national name for himself.

Smith, a member of the class of 2007, will enter the ninth grade this fall and will attend St. John's Prep in Mitchellville, MD.

Nolan has played well this spring at events like the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions and he's proving this week he can perform at a very high level against the nation's best high school basketball players.

Smith, who plays beyond his years, is a silky smooth guard and possesses a multitude of advanced skills.  He has an excellent shooting stroke from the outside and makes the game look effortless.  He hasn't been intimidated playing against older, more experienced players this week and has shown he's unselfish and an excellent passer.  He grabs rebounds, is athletic with long arms and finishes well on the break.  Smith has unlimited potential an ranks as one of the top players in his class.

Following Smith's afternoon game on Wednesday, the talented youngster spoke with ITV for the first time.

Making his first appearance at ABCD this week, Nolan is enjoying his time in Teaneck and thrives on the competition provided by the nation's best players.

"[It's] great, I love it," Smith said of his first ABCD Camp. " The competition is good and playing older guys makes me better."

Smith also set some goals before arriving in Teaneck and is focused on improving all facets of his game.

"I just want to improve, get stronger [both] mentally and physically," said Smith of his goals for the week.  "Right now I've improved on being smarter with the ball because I've been playing with better competition.  I make better decisions on when I pass and when I shoot," explained Smith.

Naturally, being the son of Derek Smith a Louisville legend, Cardinal fans want to know whether Nolan thinks about  following in his father's footsteps and attend his alma mater. 

When asked the question by ITV on Wednesday, Smith responded, "Definitely," exclaimed Smith.  "I love Louisville and I love the university.  I love the coach.  Rick Pitino is a good guy and I'd love to play for him one day."

Perhaps one day in the not so distant future, Cardinal fans will be able to enjoy another talented and likable Smith playing in red and black in Freedom Hall.


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