Dynamic NY Guard Has High Major Interest

Reporter Brian Towey has a recruiting update on dynamic guard Russell Smith of Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York. Smith has the ability to produce points in bunches and has several major schools involved ...

As his Archbishop Molloy team nears the playoffs, Russell Smith continues to torch CHSAA opponents. Smith has cracked the 40-point barrier multiple times this season, most recently in a win over St. Raymond's on Feb. 17th.

While he's still scoring at a high clip, Smith has made more of an effort of late to score within the framework of his team's offense and in the flow of the game.

"(I score within the system) Because I know at the next level I'm going to have to score within the offense," said Smith. "Scoring within the system will make me a better player in the future."

He added: "But if I need to take over a game, I'm willing to do that by any means necessary."

Smith has committed to do a postgraduate year at the South Kent (Conn.) School next fall, placing him in the class of 2010.

A superlative scorer around the rim, Smith has a knack for finishing tough drives. He is capable of taking over games with his scoring, and does the majority of his damage within 12 feet of the hoop. He is able to break down defenders with his dribble and get into the lane for floaters or runners.

Smith needs to improve his ability to run a team, get others involved, and work at elevating the games of those around him. He also needs to improve his consistency shooting the ball and his shot selection.

Louisville assistant Steve Masiello evaluated Smith against St. Francis Prep on Jan. 23. Virginia assistant Steve Seymour had put eyes on him eariler this season.

Smith lists Connecticut, Notre Dame, DePaul and Rutgers among schools that made preliminary contact in recent weeks.

"(My favorite is) Any school that I'm going to play at," said Smith with a coy smile. "I'm just looking for playing time. I don't want to just go to a big school because of the name."

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