NYC Guard Discusses Louisville Commitment

Reporter Mike Sullivan spoke to Russell Smith about his decision to verbal to Louisville. Smith is a former Stanner who competed last year at Molloy High School in New York ...

Russell Smith, an energetic, prolific scoring guard currently at South Kent in Connecticut, said his decision was relatively an easy one once Louisville made a scholarship offer.

"The coaching staff is marvelous," said Smith, who has the ability to produce points from anywhere on the court.

"Coach Pitino's reputation speaks for itself. I feel Coach Pitino can help me become the player that I want to be."

Smith said Pitino educated him about his entended future too. "Coach Pitino spoke about what scouts on the next level want to see as far passing and getting people involved."

So, with a scholarship on the table from one of the country's top basketball programs, Smith felt like this was the challenge he wanted on the next level.

"I wanted to show I can do that on the biggest level out there."

There are some areas that Smith is working focusing on in his prep year at South Kent. "Coach Pitino also expects me to defend which I'm improving great at and he also expects me to work hard in practice."

Smith, who competed last year for Jack Curran's Archbishop Molloy Stanners, had previously stated he wanted to take an official visit to Baylor at the end of this month. He had already taken a campus trip to La Salle.

Smith previously said he had a great time to La Salle. "La Salle is a great school and the city of Philadelphia in itself is wonderful. I got along well with the guys, and the coaches too. There is a lot more to that school than many people think so I'm glad I got a chance to visit officially."

Russell, who is a lean 5-foot-11, 165-pounder, previously considered Houston in his recruiting process.


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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