Cards making headway on Las Vegas '15 star

Las Vegas High School forward Ray Smith recently narrowed his list to 10 schools, including the University of Louisville. Smith and his father, Bobby, talk about the interest he's seeing from the Cardinals at this point.

Las Vegas High School forward Ray Smith has narrowed his list to 10 schools and has taken a liking for the University of Louisville.

The Cardinals made that list of 10 and the 6-foot-8 Smith said the U of L staff has been in a lot of contact in recent weeks. He's expected to make an official visit in late September.

"Louisville is big time," Smith said. "I feel really good to be recruited by a great program and by a great coach."

Smith's list also includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Georgetown, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, USC and Wake Forest.

Bobby Smith, the players father, when asked about the interest from U of L said, "it's Louisville. It's a great program."

"Coach Pitino knows basketball and you want your son in the hands of someone like that," Smith Sr., said. "He's a legend."

Smith said he "can't wait" to start taking all of his official - and unofficial visits. He said he would like to visit all 10 schools before he makes a college decision.

The U of L visit on Sept. 27 will be an official visit.

"It's a great program," he said. "They run and pick up full court and that's me - elusive. It fits right now but we'll see when I go down there how much it really fits for me. If it fits best, then that's it for me."

Smith and his father both said distance won't be a problem and the elder Smith said he was "excited for his sons opportunities."

"I was in the military for 10 years and I've lived all over the world," the elder Smith said. "For me, I'll just move (with him). It's Louisville. It's a great program to be recruited by. (His son) is excited."

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