"I've focused on making better decisions with the basketball, trying to get my teammates involved," he said.
"I've also tried to strengthen my game too," said Smith who is around 155-157 pounds, adding a little bit over 10 pounds from a year ago.
Smith has always been a fierce guard who is not afraid to challenge bodies so much stronger than his near the rim.
The former Archbishop Molloy High School star (Briarwood, NY) has always possessed a sneaky quickness and guile in the paint.
Smith, who is committed to Big East program Louisville, says he's confident that he'll be able to make a contribution to head coach Rick Pitino's program. "I'll do whatever coach needs me to do," he said.
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.