It was a big week for Archbishop Molloy’s Russ Smith (Brooklyn).
Playing in two games in the annual Holiday Hoops tournament at the Aviator Sports Complex in Flatbush, the 6-foot senior point guard averaged 25 points per game and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Archbishop Molloy lost a tough game in the finals, 61-58, to Christian Brothers Academy (NJ), but to reach that game, Smith led his team to a 63-52 semifinal win over St. Mary’s (Long Island), in which he made a baseline jumper to record his 1,000th career point.
Smith was ranked the number 12 player in nyhoops.com’s Top 35 list of Class Of 2009 Player Rankings of local New York high school players, and has received attention from several Division I college programs, though he possesses the maturity and drive to improve even more as a player.
Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Providence, and George Mason have all come calling, but although academically qualified to attend any of those schools, Smith has instead decided to attend South Prep Kent in Connecticut for a year, to get stronger physically, and polish up his game some more.