NYC Guard Has High Division One Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan examines the individual game of Archbishop Molloy senior guard Russell Smith, who showed this past season he is going to be one of the top guards on the prep level next season ....

There's nothing more exciting than watching a guard from New York City weave their magic on a basketball court. The country's top programs, especially in the nation's top college conference, The Big East, continues to recruit the tri-state area hard in search for such a guard.

Over the past several years, Big East Conference programs Pittsburgh and Louisville have been especially successful in recruiting players from this area.

It's likely many in the Big East as well as other major conferences will watch the progress of Archbishop Molloy guard Russell Smith, who has shown over the past year the ability to score more consistently and from many spots on the floor.

Next season, Smith will attend South Kent.

WHAT RUSSELL SMITH PREVIOUSLY TOLD BRIAN TOWEY:

"(I score within the system) Because I know at the next level I'm going to have to score within the offense. Scoring within the system will make me a better player in the future. But if I need to take over a game, I'm willing to do that by any means necessary."

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF RUSSELL SMITH'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

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.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST; Louisville, Virginia, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and DePaul. However, Smith has stated he is wide open and isn't close to having any kind of final list.


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