Molloy Guard Has Skills To Big Time Player

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of Archbishop Molloy speedster Russell Smith, who competed for Torrel Harris' Unique All Stars this weekend at IS8 ...

PLAYER PROFILE: Russell Smith

HEIGHT: 5-foot-11

WEIGHT: 165 Pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York

HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH: Jack Curran

AAU TEAM: Unique All Stars, New York City Gauchos

CLASS: 2010 -- Smith reclassified. He will take his senior year at Molloy in the 2008-2009 season and then proceed to South Kent in Connecticut for a prep season to work on his classroom and backcourt skills.

POSITIONS: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

UPDATE: Russell Smith is an exciting player to watch when attending a basketball game. He can lift you out of your seat with an incredible drive to the basket or going high to slam a dunk home.

Due to his aggressive nature when he has the basketball, sometimes finishing a play won't work out. It's in the next two years that Smith will have a chance to learn when to put the burners on and when to pull the ball out and set up the offense.

When this does happen, Russell Smith sets himself up to be a very good college basketball player, an impact backcourt star.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF RUSSELL SMITH'S INDIVIDUAL GAME: The Molloy guard knows one speed -- fast. He is able to sprint by defenders with his dribble and stagger a defender with some shake and bake.

Russell has an exciting individual game and is more productive this season than ever before. As a starter, he is the most dangerous player on the court for Jack Curran's Stanners.

He has produced a better floor game now that he is given most of the minutes at the lead guard position for Molloy.

SCHOOLS OF INTEREST: Manhattan, St. John's, Rutgers, Fordham, Hofstra, Minnesota, Louisville, Iona, George Mason, Connecticut, Seton Hall, and Syracuse.


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