Most every school in the country would like to have the No. 1 ranked prospect in the class of 2010 Josh Smith, but the 6-foot-10, 270-pound center from Covington (Wash.) Kentwood High School told Rivals.com that three schools are recruiting him the hardest right now.
"UDub head coach Lorenzo Romar has been to one of my games and so has an assistant from Louisville," said Smith. "In the tournament we are getting ready to play in Coach Pitino from Louisville and Coach Howland from UCLA are supposed to watch me. Those are the three schools that are recruiting me the hardest."
Other schools will have more time to check in on Smith as the big man hasn't really even begun to think about his recruitment.
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"I'm just taking things one day at a time," said Smith. "I'm nowhere close to making a decision. I'm just trying to enjoy high school."
With only two returning players with experience, Kentwood should steadily improve throughout the year. After three games they are 2-1, and Smith is averaging 24 points and 15 rebounds.
"I'm doing some things well and could be doing some others better," he said. "I'm seeing mainly triple teams, so I need to do a better job moving the ball around to my teammates. And I'm not shooting free throws the way I'd like to be shooting them."
After his high school season when he runs again with the Seattle Rotary travel team, Smith will then focus his attention on his recruitment.
Josh Smith scouting report:
Blessed with superb hands and a soft shooting touch, Smith gobbles up rebounds and scores efficiently around the basket. Quick off the floor for his size, Smith is also a tremendous shot blocker and positional defender. He is also a dangerous passer with his overall strong feel for the game. Shaping up to be the dominant low post player in his class.