Smith has a Plan

With a new philosophy, J.R. Smith's slim chances at ending up at N.C. State may have improved.

The 6-5 St. Benedict's (N.J.) swingman, who has gone from being a done deal to North Carolina to nearly a guarantee to land at Louisville, has a new recruiting approach that could result in other schools such as Pittsburgh, Villanova and N.C. State becoming more of a factor.

Smith took a recent visit to North Carolina, along with his family, once the Tournament of Champions wrapped up last weekend and was supposed to take a visit to Louisville this past weekend, but was forced to cancel it.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams told Smith that they have only two scholarships available for the next two years and one of them is earmarked for a big man and the other is still yet to be determined. Williams and Smith's AAU coach, Jimmy Salmons, both suggested that Smith slow down the recruiting process a little bit for different reasons.

``Coach Williams told me to hold off," said Smith, whose next event will be the NBA Camp in June. "And I talked with Jimmy and he asked me why I was rushing everything. He was right. I have the whole summer to decide."

Smith still hopes to take a visit to Louisville, but he admitted that there is little chance of him committing to the Cardinals on his trip.

``There's no way I'll commit on my visit now," he said. "If I had gone a while ago, I might have committed."

Smith admits he is open to anyone that wants to recruit him, although it will still be surprising if he ends up somewhere other than UNC or Louisville.

``N.C. State just started recruiting me again," he said. "I like their style of play. They have a great coaching staff and great facilities. We played their when I was down for the Tournament of Champions, but I didn't get to talk to any of their coaches."


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