Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 2/13/13
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On his radio show Wednesday night at Buffalo Wild Wings, Rick Pitino made a statement that seems to have caught a lot of people by surprise. Pitino said that after the season he will encourage juniors Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng along with sophomore Chane Behanan to test the NBA waters. Pitino says he insists that all three players enter their name in the NBA draft to be evaluated at the next level. He went as far as saying that as of right now he doesn’t think Gorgui shouldn’t come back because his draft stock could possibly drop due to his age. Gorgui recently turned 23. The updated mock draft at DraftExpress.com was updated on Monday with Dieng being projected to be taken at the end of the first round while Smith was projected to be drafted early in the second round. Chane Behanan was not listed in the updated mock draft. Considering how weak the NBA draft will be at the guard position, Russ Smith is the one player that I could realistically see leaving early. It’ll be tough for ...
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