Reports about Smith's commitment premature?

There's been some confusion about the recruitment of 2010 South Kent (CT) point guard Russell Smith. In the past few days, reports surfaced on the Internet that Smith had committed to Louisville. spoke with South Kent head coach Kelvin Jefferson Monday morning to set the record straight. reported last week that Russell Smith would make an official visit to Louisville Nov. 15-16 and hoped the Cardinals would make him an offer during that visit.

Since that report was published, there have been various Internet reports indicating that Louisville had offered a scholarship and Smith had already given the Cardinals a commitment.

According to South Kent (CT) coach Kelvin Jefferson, reports of an offer to Smith from Louisville and a commitment from Smith to Rick Pitino's program are premature.

"He's going to Louisville for an official visit but there's been no commitment yet," Jefferson said. "To my knowledge an offer has not been made. Coach Pitino, Coach [Ralph] Willard and Coach [Steve] Masiello have all been in here to see Russ and they all like him a lot. I think an offer will be coming soon, but to this point no offer has been made."

It sounds like there's a strong possibility that Louisville will make Smith an offer during his visit and that Smith will sign with the Cardinals during the early period which runs from November 11-18.

"I think that's a real good possibility," Jefferson said. "I believe that's the way it's going to play out. Obviously, nothing is 100 percent but if things go well on the visit I think they will offer him. Russ likes them a lot and I believe Russ would like to sign early and get it over with so he can concentrate on the season and getting better."

A prolific scorer at New York Archbishop Molloy – he averaged 24.9 points per game as a senior - Smith has shown flashes at South Kent that he's capable of running an offense and making his teammates better because of his passing ability.

"Russ can score in a variety of ways, that's what he does," Jefferson said. "He's put the ball in the basket at every level. Since he's been here we've asked him to expand his game because he's actually a very good passer. A lot of times he doesn't show that part of his game. I think that's why Coach Pitino has been intrigued because when they came here they saw him sharing the ball, getting others involved and making other players better.

"When he adds that aspect to his game he's very good."

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