New York City Guard Has High Expectations

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a look at the individual game of Russell Smith, who competed last year for Jack Curran's Archbishop Molloy Stanners and is now making the adjustment at South Kent in Connecticut ...

Russell Smith is one of the more exciting players to watch when he has the basketball in his hands. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound combo guard has a big heart, an aggressive view of the game, and the ability to dominate the offensive side of the ball.

But Smith, who played for Jack Curran's Molloy Stanners last season and is now at South Kent for a prep year, realizes he needs to make improvements in his game so he fully utilizes his individual skills.

"I want to lead the prep league in assists," he proclaimed.

It's widely known that Smith can produce points and in bunches from anywhere on the court. His ability to zip past defenders and cause chaos in the paint for the bigger bodies is a great weapon in his game.

However, Smith can help himself and his value as a basketball player, by distributing too, making better decisions with the rock, and helping his teammates find better shots.

He's fitting in nicely at South Kent too. He's already stated to us he feels very comfortable and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

He hopes to make a decision over the next few months on where he'll go to college too.

He previously mentioned interest in Auburn, Ball State, St. Bonaventure, Houston, Louisville, Rutgers, DePaul, Virginia, Connecticut, and Notre Dame.

It remains to be seen how his recruiting process works out as we get closer to the season.

If he does lift his lead guard skills another notch, Smith will find many offers at his doorstep. He's that good an offensive player.

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.


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