Smith slows down recruitment

J.R. Smith wasted no time in tackling the recruiting process, but now the St. Benedict's (N.J.) star is slowing things down.

Smith, who was forced to cancel this past weekend's scheduled trip to Louisville because his father was unable to get a plane ticket out that way, still favors North Carolina and the Cardinals – but unlike in the past, he's changed his outlook.

"Right now I'm not really going to focus on all of that as much," Smith said. "I'm open to anyone recruiting me. I'm not going to focus on recruiting as much because my AAU team (Tim Thomas Playaz) hasn't done well lately."

Smith took a visit to Chapel Hill after the Tournament of Champions ended a week ago and had a chance to meet with Roy Williams and the rest of the Tar Heels staff. His entire family was in attendance and got a tour of the campus. Along with a conversation with his AAU coach, Jimmy Salmons, Smith's chat with Williams could be the reason for Smith taking a new, more methodical approach to the recruiting process.

"I took an unofficial on Monday and we talked about recruiting a lot," Smith said. "He (Williams) told me they only have two scholarships for the next two years and he's recruiting a big guy and doesn't know what he's going to do with the other one. He told me to hold off."

Smith still plans on taking a trip to Louisville, but he will go with a much different approach.

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

While the Playaz hasn't fared especially well in its last couple tournaments, Smith continues to sizzle on the offensive end.

"I'm scoring the ball, but I'm not doing a good job of getting back on defense," he added.

Smith is also still considering Pittsburgh, Villanova and N.C. State, but the Tar Heels and Louisville appear to be the favorites since he didn't hide his admiration for Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and also for the tradition at his favorite school growing up, UNC.

"I know the ball's in my court and people are waiting on me, so I'm really in no rush," Smith said.

Smith will attend the NBA Camp in mid-June, the USA Junior Olympic Festival in Colorado Springs and also ABCD Camp.


Check out IC's J.R. Smith profile.

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