Top sophomores receive early interest from Pitino

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- Two of the nation's top sophomore basketball prospects have received early attention from the University of Louisville. Mount Zion Christian Academy Head Coach Tony Fozard spoke with ITV about his talented underclass duo.

With recruiting these days, it's never too early for coaches or fans to be thinking ahead to future recruiting prospects.

Mount Zion (NC) Christian Head Coach Tony Fozard has two talented members of the class of 2006 and according to the veteran coach, the University of Louisville has expressed interest in both of his top sophomores.

Tracy Smith, originally from Detroit, MI, played last season at Martin Luther King High School in the motor city before transferring to the Durham based basketball powerhouse.

Smith, one of the most athletically gifted and talented sophomores in the nation, arrives at Mount Zion this season with plenty of hype and a solid national reputation.

Ranked the 15th best player in the class of 2006 by and the 10th best player in the class by Clark Francis of the HoopScoop, Smith should fit in well with Fozard's talent-laden program.

At 6'7, Smith is an athletic specimen that can put the ball on the floor and finish with authority at the basket.

The other sophomore receiving early interest from the Cardinals coaching staff according to Fozard is 6'7 Dennis Ward.

Ward hails from Richmond, Virginia and attended George Wythe High School last year.

Physically, he's cut from the same mold as Smith. Strong and athletic, Ward can play either small forward or power forward and will provide depth for Fozard's team this season.

Ward played for the Richmond based Squires AAU program last year on the adidas grassroots circuit.

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