Chris Smith transferring to Louisville

(UPDATED) - Chris Smith, a 6-3, 200-pound shooting guard, recently received a release from Manhattan. Now, Smith is looking for a new home and he's found one at Louisville.

A two-year starter for the Jaspers, Chris Smith asked for and received a release earlier this month from Manhattan coach Barry Rorssen. Now, Smith is looking to transfer to a new school and Louisville is his choice.

Smith's father, Earl, told Thursday that he's talked with a "couple" of Louisville assistants about playing for Louisville and said the Cardinals' are "truly excited" about adding his son to the roster for the 2010-11 season.

Chris Smith is looking for
a larger stage.

"Right now he's finishing up some courses at Manhattan," Smith said. "He'll have to sit out next season and he's got some summer courses to take. But it's official. He's going to Louisville."

Smith will finish the semester at Manhattan and his father said he's planning to enroll at Louisville this summer.

"Basically he's looking to play big-time basketball," Smith said. "It's not that Manhattan isn't he just wants to play at the top of the line. I think Louisville is going to be a good fit for him and he'll be a good fit for the team. Chris puts defense first and you've got to do that to play at Louisville. And he rebounds."

Smith appeared in 29 games as a sophomore for Manhattan during the 2008-09 season averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He scored in double-figures 20 times and recorded two double-doubles. As a freshman, Smith started 15 games and averaged nearly 10 points per contest.

Smith, who played for the same high school as Louisville freshman center Samardo Samuels, would have two years of remaining eligibility after sitting out the 2009-10 season. He originally signed Seton Hall before ending up at Manhattan.

As a senior in high school, Smith averaged 18.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Smith was invited to play in the Jordan All-Star classic and also received Most Valuable Player honors at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions and Playaz Ball Tournaments.

Smith is the younger brother of NBA star J.R. Smith.

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