Louisville fans heard the good news that they’d been waiting for this afternoon. Russ Smith will return to Louisville for his senior season. “We gave all the information to Russ and we discussed it with his dad and it comes down to Russ was probably going to be a second round pick this year,” Rick Pitino said as he opened the press conference.
“The pros want to see a different Russ Smith. They want to see ten pounds of muscle, better shot selection and a natural point guard”
Smith was projected as a second round pick at best. Some NBA Draft experts didn’t expect him to be drafted if he came out this year. “After coach gave me some time off to think about it, what happened is I really realized how much I love playing with my teammates and how much fun it is to win,” Smith said.
“Obviously I wasn’t a clear cut first round pick, coming back for me was about coach, my teammates, the community and the Louisville campus. I love to win and with the group we’ve got coming back I want to go...