Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 4/24/13

Conventional wisdom held that Russ Smith, Louisville’s leading scorer from it’s NCAA championship team, would be headed to the NBA after a remarkable junior season. That wisdom was apparently way off, as Smith has announced he will return for his senior season.   The 6’1″ guard averaged 18.7 points per game this season and 22.3 in the NCAA tournament. Smith helped lead Louisville to a 35-5 record and the school’s third national title. He was an all-Big East Conference first team selection along with teammate Gorgui Dieng, who has put his name into the NBA Draft pool. Smith had the following to say about his decision:   “I’m happy I finally got it off my chest. What was crazy after doing all the pros and cons of staying or going, the pros of stayer were so much better than the pros of leaving.” “All my pros I put down for me leaving were very immature. You have to put the work in to get better, you have to do this, you have to do that. Those are challenges I felt like, along with coach, we both felt I’d be running away from, getting better and maturing as a player.”   Smith will now turn his focus to trying to help Louisville repeat as champions after leading the school to back-to-back Final Fours. Fellow starters Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear return for the Cardinals, as does the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, Luke Hancock. Reserves Stephan Van Treese, Montrezl Harrell and Tim Henderson will all be back as well.   At just 165 pounds, Smith needs to gain weight and strength to compete in the NBA. Most experts had him projected as a second-round pick. So he certainly has a lot to work on as a senior. Returning to school was the right decision for Smith in our opinion.   The post Louisville guard Russ Smith to return for senior season appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Andrew Quarless found hiding in plant after firing gun

Odell Beckham: I don't want to be known only for 'the catch'

Borland on retirement: Health 'more important' than money

Three NBA teams that improved most early in offseason

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

Report: LeBron won't negotiate with Cavs until Thompson is signed

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

Blazers fire assistant who said Aldridge was leaving team

Miguel Cabrera lands on DL for first time in his career

LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to sign with Spurs

Kansas to wear new USA jerseys after request from FIBA

What can the Saints expect from CJ Spiller in 2015?

Isaiah Thomas trolls Kings after Rajon Rondo signing

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

Roy Hibbert likely being traded to Lakers

WATCH: Pablo Sandoval falls over railing during catch

Report: Packers TE charged with firing a gun in Miami

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Odell Beckham doesn't want to be known for 'the catch'

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.