Cards in mix for Seattle's Smith, Wroten

Louisville's had success recruiting Seattle in recent years with Terrence Williams and Peyton Siva. Now, the Cardinals are in the mix with a pair of five-star prospects from Seattle Rotary Select – 6-9 Josh Smith and 6-5 Tony Wroten. spoke with both prospects about their recruitments at the Run-n-Slam in Fort Wayne.

Josh Smith, one of the top prospects in the Class of 2010, had a big weekend in Fort Wayne. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound center dominated the competition in the lane, scoring and rebounding at a strong clip. It was certainly easy to see at the Run-n-Slam why Smith is being recruited by all of college basketball's heavy-weight programs.

Smith said he's hearing from the "whole Pac-10, Texas, Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio State, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgetown, UConn and Florida."

UCLA and Washington are coming the hardest from the Pac-10 and there's speculation he'll be tough to pry away from the west coast. That doesn't mean big-time programs across the country will stop trying to lure him away from the Pac-10, including Louisville, which has been heavily involved in Smith's recruitment for a while.

Though Smith hadn't lived up to expectations this spring, he certainly shined in Fort Wayne. He had a big outing against Deshaun Thomas and Spiece, posting 30 points and 16 boards in a 90-85 opening round victory.

Tony Wroten and Josh Smith both have
Louisville on the list.

On the recruiting front, Smith isn't quite ready to tip his hand about favorites, maintaining he's still openly considering all the schools on his list. "I'm considering all the schools," Smith said. "I'm still wide-open."


Wroten, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Class of 2011, showed off his willingness to be a big-time distributor in Fort Wayne. Though he's able to get his shot off seemingly whenever he wants, Wroten did an excellent job setting up his teammates all weekend at the Spiece Run-n-Slam.

In his team's first pool play game against Spiece, Wroten went head-to-head with Marquis Teague, the No. 5 ranked prospect in his class and perhaps the best point guard in the nation. Wroten played well, scoring a dozen points to go along with several assists.

"It was a good matchup between me and Teague," Wroten said. "He's a good player – one of the top players in the country in my class. His handle is serious. He was real quick. It was a good matchup and we came out with the W."

On the recruiting front, Wroten said UNLV, Wake Forest, USC, North Carolina, Kansas, Washington and Louisville are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. Washington, Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA and Texas reportedly are under heavy consideration.

"I'm very open," Wroten said. "You can ask me my top five right now and if you ask me next week it's going to change. I don't even have a top five right now."

A former AAU teammate of Louisville signee Peyton Siva, Wroten had good things to say about the Cardinals. "I've always liked Louisville," Wroten said. "My older mentor, Peyton Siva, went there. They're always going to be there at the top of my list."

Another school making a big move is hometown Washington. The Huskies have made a big impression with Wroten in recent months and are climbing toward the top of his list. "They're moving up," Wroten said.

Don't expect a decision soon from Wroten. He said he doesn't plan to start taking visits to schools until his junior year.

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