"He helps my game a lot," Smith said of the 6-foot Siva. "When I first started at Rotary in the sixth grade he was already there and we've played on the same team ever (since). He's helped me and we play pretty well together. We have really good chemistry. I know what he likes to do and he knows what I like to do."
This week at the adidas Take 5ive Classic, Smith drew crowds of big-time college coaches to watch him play, including Rick Pitino, Lute Olsen, Ben Howland, Billy Gillespie and Lorenzo Romar. He hasn't disappointed onlookers, either. Smith has been unstoppable in the low-post, dominant on the glass and a shot blocking force on defense.
"That's something I'm getting used to with the top coaches coming to the big AAU tournaments," said Smith. "I want to keep playing good and keep them happy. The whole summer I've been progressing from last year and I'm just trying to keep going up."
Monday, Smith posted 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocked shots in an overtime loss to Indiana Elite. He followed that effort with an even better outing against Derrick Favors and the Atlanta Celtics. Smith tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds against Scout.com's No. 1 ranked prospect in the Class of 2009. Smith has performed like the top big man in Cincinnati this week.
On the recruiting front, Smith will have no shortage of options. He's already collected some impressive offers, including one from Louisville. Still, Smith doesn't appear to be in any hurry to get serious about narrowing his options or choosing a college.
"I am undecided – I'm open," Smith said. "I have a list of all the schools that have talked to me but I don't have any favorites. I'm still open. I don't have a Top 10 or anything."
Smith is getting serious attention from schools like Washington, Louisville, UCLA, Indiana and Kentucky. He says he'll formulate a workable list of favorites before his high school season and go from there. "I'll start to narrow it down before the start of my junior year," Smith said. "I should have a list by then but I don't think I'll be ready to commit yet."
One thing Smith knows is that teammate and friend Peyton Siva will continue to work the Louisville angle. Will Smith follow the talented point guard to Louisville and keep the duo together for a few more years?
"He's going to try to do whatever he can do to make that happen and I wouldn't mind playing with him but right now I'm still undecided," Smith said.