Although the Cards got involved with Smith late in the recruiting process, they turned it on when they needed to.
"I like Pitino and Louisville a lot, every since I was growing up," Smith said. "They weren't recruiting me as much, but when they came, they came hard."
Smith, who averaged nearly a triple double last season, picked the Cardinals over Wake Forest and Wisconsin. And it seemed as if Louisville was on the back burner for a while because Wisconsin was close to home, and because of Wake Forest's academics. But in the end Rick Pitino was the final factor.
"Pretty much because of Pitino and the style of play," Smith Jr. responded when asked why he chose the University of Louisville.
Smith told Rick Pitino the news last night, and Pitino told him that he would most likely get to play right away when he arrives in Louisville.
"They just said that I have a good chance of playing a lot as a freshman," Smith explained. "They didn't guarantee anything. But they told me I could compete for minutes right away."
Smith joins Edgar Sosa as the first two members of Louisville's 2006 class.