Molloy Guard Sparkles In Jordan Regional Game

Reporter Mike Sullivan had a chance to watch Russell Smith finish up his high school career as a Stanner after he competed in the Jordan Regional Classic held at Madison Square Garden ...

There's never been a question that Archbishop Molloy guard Russell Smith was going to end up being a high division one basketball player. The only questions have been are where and when.

Smith, 5-foot-11, and now a 2010 prospect, scored 27 points to help the City team beat the Suburban team on Saturday evening. Smith was named co-MVP of the event.

"I had a great time," he said. "It was my first time playing inside Madison Square Garden. It was a thrill."

Smith, who will play with the New York City Gauchos in future events this spring and summer, is a dynamic guard that can zip past defenders or knock down a long jumper.

"I'm working on getting stronger, being more consistent with my jumper and making better decisions with the basketball," he said.

The personable Smith is a delight to watch. He has a boatload of energy and plenty of talent to someday make an impact for a high division one basketball program.

"I've heard from DePaul, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Iona, St. John's, South Carolina, USC, Providence, Tennessee..."

Most of these schools have offered a free ride.

"I'm looking forward to playing at South Kent next year," Smith said. "But during the summer it's a chance to work on all parts of your game. I'm only interested in making myself a better all around player. So that's what I'm going to try and do."

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