Louisville checks in on Josh Smith

Louisville already has one commitment from a Top 10 2010 big man in Jeremy Tyler. Now, Rick Pitino's Cardinals are turning up the heat on another Top 10 2010 center prospect, 6'9, 280-pound Josh Smith from Kent (WA) Kentwood.

After getting a verbal commitment from the 6-foot-10 Tyler – Scout.com's No. 7-ranked prospect - last month, Louisville assistant Walter McCarty headed west last week to check in on Josh Smith, Scout.com's No. 4 prospect in the class of 2010.

"It went well," Smith said of McCarty's recent visit. "He came and watched me during open gym. I talk to the Pitino's a little more than him (McCarty). They've watched me play a lot this (summer) because they came to watch Peyton play (AAU) so I have a pretty good relationship with them."

Smith, a five-star prospect, has drawn several of the top coaches in the country to see him at his high school this fall. Rick Pitino has made the trip. So has Bruce Pearl, Jim Calhoun, Rick Barnes, Ben Howland and several others. "Both of the Pitino's have been up to see me maybe about a month ago," Smith said. "The coaches from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, Washington, and UConn have been up here too."

The Cardinals are trying to play up the Peyton Siva factor with Smith. Siva, a 2009 Louisville commit, teams with Smith on the AAU circuit for Seattle Rotary. "They're just telling me about Siva going there and they've got a pretty good program and that I'd fit in pretty well with them," said Smith, who added that he's giving serious consideration to Louisville.

Could Siva's decision to play for Pitino influence Smith to follow him to Louisville? "It might," said Smith. "I've been playing with him since the sixth grade and I wouldn't mind playing with him in (college). I could see myself playing with him in college but who knows?"

Pitino may have some work to do to convince Smith that he and Tyler could co-exist in the Cardinals frontcourt together. Asked about that possibility, Smith said: "I don't know. I haven't really thought about it. I've never played with him before I've only played against him. I think we can play together but who knows?"

Don't look for Smith to narrow his list or get serious about his recruitment – at least publicly – until he finishes his junior season. Smith said he'll get serious about his recruitment and look to make some visits "as soon as my high school season is over."


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