Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Chattanooga-louisville
As if we needed more drama surrounding the Russ Smith situation, Rick Pitino told Drew Deener this morning that Russ Smith was about 50/50 on staying or leaving right now.  He also added in the same interview that Dieng is 100% gone. Pitino added that Little Russ wasn’t very happy with Big Russ going around and telling all of the media outlets that he was going pro.  He said that Russ wanted a couple days to sit back and think about it before making the decision. As much as I’d love to have Russ back next year, this may be his time to make the jump if he is going to.  With how small he is, you have to imagine that there is a ceiling at where he can possibly be drafted.  An early second round pick is nothing to be ashamed of but its hard to see an NBA team taking a stretch with a first round pick on him.  Obviously we know that he can play but the scouts don’t sit and watch all of his games like us fans do. The scouts make decisions based on the frame of the player and Russ simply doesn’t have the build of the guys they look for.  And that doesn’t mean that Russ wont be a success in the NBA because we all have seen how he can score n0 matter who is guarding him.  It just means that from a scouts perspective he may be vastly overlooked and put to the side for later.  A perfect example of this is Michael Carter-Williams, there is no way that you can tell me that as an overall basketball player Russ Smith didn’t outplay him when Syracuse and Louisville played.  But MCW’s body frame is something that NBA teams want so he is a first round draft pick while Russ is in the second round. I cannot imagine what Russ Smith is going through right now making this decision.  For me, as long as Russ makes the right decision for himself I will be happy.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Belichick, Brady can't imagine Hall of Fame without Seau

Teammate: Johnny Manziel is definitely not a joke

Knicks reportedly ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant

Fire alarm at Patriots’ hotel goes off for second time in three days

Former NFL QB Jeff Blake: Everyone deflates footballs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Columnist: Media should boycott Skittles to protest Lynch

WATCH: Irving scores career-high 55, hits game winner

FCS star QB considering transferring to Oregon

Gronk on interest in his partying: 'I'm a baller'

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Pats fans buy Super Bowl tickets, told they're unavailable

The 10 most underrated Super Bowl performances

Where did Seahawks, Patriots find their Super Bowl players?

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Jimbo Fisher's extension could be worth $44 million

Morris twins investigated for possible assault

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

Phil Jackson's old Knicks teams used to deflate balls

David Blatt: There should be more LeBron MVP talk

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting son during SB week

WATCH: Marshawn, Gronk play Mortal Kombat with Conan

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

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Where did 'Hawks, Pats find players?

Columnist: Start Skittles media boycott

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Ten worst teams to ever play in a SB

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.