Wood's Pat Smith commits to Cornell

Archbishop Wood's Pat Smith is headed to Cornell. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Just a few phone calls is all Pat Smith needed on Thursday afternoon before he orally committed to play basketball at Cornell.

The Big Red offered Smith earlier in the day and the Archbishop Wood senior then called some family members to make sure he was making the right decision.

"Everyone just told me that I need to take it," said Smith.

The 6-foot-5 small forward/shooting guard is a returning two-time All-Catholic selection and averaged 17 points per game last season. He had offers from Lafayette and Binghamton.He said Cornell's upstate New York campus is "beautiful" and the team has great facilities.

"The coaches preach that the team is a family and I just can't wait to be a part of that family," Smith said.

New Vikings head coach John Mosco said Smith is "extremely" intelligent and was just waiting for Cornell to offer him.

"He comes from a great family," Mosco said. "It's a great opportunity for him."