Four-star big man interested in Louisville

With Peyton Siva in the fold, Louisville has turned their attention to four-star Kent (WA) Kentwood big man Josh Smith. The 6-9, 270-pound Smith, who is widely regarded as the top post-player on the west coast in the Class of 2010, talks about his recent offer from the Cardinals and his interest in following Siva to Louisville.

With Peyton Siva in the fold, Louisville has turned their attention to four-star Kent (WA) Kentwood big man Josh Smith. The 6-9, 270-pound Smith, who is widely regarded as the top post-player on the west coast in the Class of 2010, talks about his recent offer from the Cardinals and his interest in following Siva to Louisville.

"After Arkansas (Real Deal Tournament in April), my coach told me the Louisville coaches wanted to come meet me," Smith said. "Rick Pitino's son came up and I saw him at school and he told me that I had a full offer on the table. He said they'll be contacting and watching me a lot more. And I just said, ‘thank you."

With an offer on the table from the Cardinals, the 6-9 Smith says he's interested.

"I'm interested in any offer I get," Smith said. "Louisville has a lot of basketball history. Right now I'm undecided and any offer I get I'm interested."

An AAU teammate of Peyton Siva, Smith says Siva, a recent Louisville commit, is working on him for the Cardinals.

"I kind of knew he was going to go there," Smith said. "I know Peyton and Terrence Williams are good friends and Peyton took a visit down there and he said he loved it. When he talks about Louisville he says they're good and he says, ‘Josh, you should go down there with me.'

"Since day one I've loved playing with him. He's a cool guy," Smith added. "I understand what he does and he understands what I do."

As a sophomore, Smith averaged more than 20 points and eight rebounds per game. This spring, Smith has emerged as the probable top post-prospect on the west coast in his class. At 270-pounds, Smith has great hands, nimble feet and is proving a dominant scorer in the low-post.

"I'm just trying to be more versatile," Smith said. "I'm trying to expand my game and shoot a little more, play better defense and try to help my teammate. I'm a pretty good passer and my coach tells me if they give me the ball I'm either going to pass or score. I'm trying to be a better passer so my game isn't one dimensional."

Washington, Washington State and Gonzaga are coming hard after Smith. So are UCLA, USC and the rest of the Pac-10. Louisville and Georgetown from the Big East are represented. Texas, Duke, Tennessee and Georgia round out a list that Smith says he plans to narrow down after the summer.

"I'll sit down with my parents and talk about it so it doesn't get too hectic for my junior year," Smith said. "I'll consider style of play, the coach and making sure I pick a school with a good educational program to make sure if I don't go to the NBA I'll still have a backup plan."

"I don't know if I want to stay home or not," he added. "I still haven't decided about that and we'll talk about that."


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