Nolan Smith and Michael Beasley: Loyal 2 the Game

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Real Deal: Commitment in the Cards?

<b>FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.</b> – One of the better sophomore wings in the country could be nearing a decision. <b>Nolan Smith</b> of DC Assault says Louisville leads but is a commitment in the Cards? <p> <b>BONUS</b> <p><b><a href="http://schoolsports.scout.com/2/370166.html">Nolan Smith and Michael Beasley: Loyal 2 the Game</a></b></p>

Nolan Smith, a 6-foot-3 wing out of Riverdale Baptist in Maryland, has deep ties to the Louisville program. His late father, Derek Smith, was a standout for the Cardinals in the early 1980's and it is possible that Nolan might be a second generation baller at Louisville.

The word on the streets is that Rick Pitino and the Cardinals could be nearing a commitment. We spoke with Curtis Malone, Smith's AAU coach, and he acknowledged Louisville's role as Smith's leader, but said he didn't think a commitment was going to happen quickly - as in next week.

Meanwhile, Nolan himself said he's close and a decision could come in "weeks" but hadn't given Louisville his full seal of approval just yet.

"I would love to play for Louisville," Smith said. "I like their style of play; Pitino's a great coach."

"I don't want to rush into anything," added Smith. "Right now it's Louisville (leading), Duke and Syracuse; I'm also keeping UNC around."

We asked Smith if there was anything that could prevent Louisville from getting it done. "A lot of coaches talk to Curtis [Malone]," Smith said. "If Coach Williams contacts him, I'd like to play at North Carolina if Louisville doesn't work out."

Regardless of what the future holds for Smith, and it does look good for Louisville, he won't be playing a lot of ball this month. In a Sunday morning game he was injured and taken to the hospital where it was determined that he had a fractured rib. It's not yet been determined just how much action he'll miss.


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