Re-classified PG considering Louisville?

Russell Smith, a high-scoring point guard from New York (NY) Archbishop Molloy, was a first team All-CHSAA selection as a senior last season. Smith has re-classified to the Class of 2010 and plans to make a decision soon. Is Louisville an option?

Russell Smith proved himself as a big-time scoring point guard at the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic last week. Originally slated as a 2009 prospect, the 5-11, 165-pound Smith has re-classified and will attend South Kent (MA) Prep next season.

"Back in New York I'm labeled as selfish," Smith said. "Sometimes I try to come out and get my teammates involved first and then other times when I feel we need a basket I have the ability to score when I want. And I showed that here. We needed some defense and energy and I tried to do that. My jump shot was working and I think I played terrific."

Smith proved he can score in a variety of ways in Cincinnati where he scored with pull-up three-pointers, driving baskets in traffic and off steals on the break. He's hearing from a host of schools, including Notre Dame, Louisville, Arkansas, Seton Hall, LaSalle, George Mason, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Marquette and Pittsburgh.

"I'll be making a decision in middle to late August," said Smith. "I'm just waiting to see how everything falls out with the coaches that need me and where I best fit into their program. That's what I'm looking for."

Smith has visited LaSalle and St. John's. He's also thinking about visiting a Big East power before making his decision. "I may take a visit to UConn but it depends on my father, he's my advisor," Smith said. "I'll go wherever he says to go."

Louisville has shown interest in Smith for a while. Louisville coach Steve Masiello caught one of Smith's high schools games last season and Rick Pitino checked him out last week in Cincinnati at the Adidas It Takes Five Classic.

"Coach Masiello has been recruiting me hard," Smith said. "He came to one of our games at Molloy. Coach Pitino's reputation speaks for itself. You can't get better than Coach Pitino. My father and Coach Masiello are good friends. When he came to my game during the season we had a nice time."


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