Tracy Smith expresses strong interest in U of L

6-7 junior forward Tracy Smith, a cousin of University of Louisville sophomore Brandon Jenkins, currently plays in the shadow of ultra-talented Brandon Rush at Mount Zion Christian Academy but he's drawing considerable interest from a host of big-time programs.

If you are a starter for a high school that has produced players like Tracy McGrady and Amare Stoudemire you've got some game.

And while Brandon Rush is the marquee player at Mount Zion Christian Academy this season, 6-7 junior forward Tracy Smith is trying to become that next big name to come out of the storied basketball program.

"I really do believe he'll end up being one of the top 15-20 players in the country if he continues to play hard," Mt. Zion coach Tony Fozard said of Smith.

Smith has started the season off great, averaging 20 points a game up to this point. And Fozard insists that Smith has the work ethic and the intangibles that could lead to future greatness.

"I think he's gotten much better and has got more skills," Fozard stated. "He's probably one the most skilled players that I've ever coached, he understands the game."

Fozard compares Smith to a former Kentucky star who played under current Louisville coach Rick Pitino. "I don't think anyone can stop him up underneath the goal," Fozard continued. "He really reminds me of Antoine Walker a little with the game that he plays."

Although Smith is just a junior he is receiving interest from a number of schools, including North Carolina, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Georgetown, Iowa State and Memphis.

The 6-foot-7 power forward also has obtained scholarship offers from four of the interested schools; Iowa State, Georgetown, Memphis and Louisville.

Although they haven't offered, Smith stated that North Carolina is his favorite. He also expressed considerable interest in Pitino's Cardinals, too.

"I like how they play, I like just about everything," Smith continued. "My cousin (Brandon Jenkins) goes there and he tells me about the campus and stuff, and I could see myself playing there."

Most recruits that decide to attend Louisville make the decision because of Rick Pitino and Smith seems equally intrigued by the prospect of playing for a future Hall of Fame coach.

"He's a good coach and my cousin told me about his good workouts," Smith said.

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