Smith: "They're Pretty Even"

After visiting Wake Forest more than a month ago, Jerry Smith is nearing a decision. The 6-foot-3 guard updated DeaconSports on his recruitment at the TOC this past weekend.

While Jerry Smith was in town for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, he wasn't in town to play.

The 6-foot-3 guard traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his AAU team but did not play because of a bruised tailbone. Smith said that he hopes to be back in action for the NBA camp in late June.

Smith has been looking at three schools the past few weeks and after taking visits to each of them, he is still having some trouble making a decision. Smith's top three are Wake Forest, Louisville and Wisconsin but of the three, two have an edge.

"They're pretty even right now," Smith said of Wake Forest and Louisville, though he declined to name a leader between the two. "It'd be hard to say which team has the higher edge."

Louisville's situation is a little crowded as they just got a commitment from guard, Edgar Sosa out on New York. Will that affect Smith's decision?

"You want to play with great players. I've seen Edgar play, and I've played against him," Smith proclaimed. "He's a great talent and it would be good to play with him."

While playing time at Louisville might not be abundant, Smith said that Rick Pitino has recruited him to take Taquan Dean's place. At Wake Forest there will be playing time available right away, and Smith likes that.

"You're looking at a chance to be able to compete early with a huge program like that," Smith said of Wake Forest.

Wisconsin is the third school in the running for Jerry Smith's services, and an advantage they might have would be how close it is to his family. But Smith claims distance will not be a factor.

"Not for me at all, I travel a lot with AAU ball so that doesn't bother me," Smith said.

The guard out of Wauwatosa, WI., said that he will probably come to a decision within the next few weeks.

"I'll probably decide before the end of the year. We've still got two weeks of school left. We start a lot later than most."


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