Former Molloy Guard Taking It Easy Now

Reporter Mike Sullivan has an update on talented combo guard Russell Smith, who graduated from Archbishop Molloy this past June ... Smith updated us on his summer ...

Russell Smith only knows one speed -- extreme. His quickness and aggressiveness when he handles the basketball has enabled him to generate some high division one interest in his skill level.

Smith is an exciting player to watch, capable of putting up lofty numbers in the points category. So, as expected, he was one of the players many college basketball programs watched in the July evaluation period.

"As far as top schools, everything is still the same," Smith said. "Nothing changed yet."

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound combo guard who played for Jack Curran's Molloy Stanners this past season, finished up his July with an injury.

"I hurt my wrist pretty bad at camp," Smith said. "I sprained and straint it. I do have a soft cast on. I had injured it before but now it feels worst."

So Smith will take some time off from bouncing a basketball and mend his wrist. When he's healthy, there's very few defenders able to stay in front of the dynamic guard.

Smith, who is preparing now to play for South Kent School in Connecticut, is waiting on word on who will seriously pursue him.

"As far as visits, I don't have anything set up yet," he said. "My father and I are just waiting to see who calls in the first couple weeks of August."

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF RUSS 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.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST: Louisville, Rutgers, DePaul, Virginia, Connecticut, and Notre Dame.


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