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Russ Smith and Ben McLemore are taking their explosive talents to the NBA.
Smith, who is also referred to as “Russdiculous,” confirmed his father’s comments about moving on from Louisville to the NBA on SiriusXM Radio with Bruce Pearl and Mark Packer following Monday’s championship victory.
The all-around player averaged 18.7 points, 2.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds in his second year with the Cardinals.
McLemore, who was a five-star recruit before arriving at Kansas, will also take his shooting mechanics to the pro level. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard addressed the media on Tuesday to make it official.
McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and two assists in his freshman season.
Smith and McLemore join Victor Oladipo as Tuesday’s college departures.
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The father of Russ Smith says the Louisville junior guard will leave school to enter the NBA draft.
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College basketball statistical guru Ken Pomeroy has named Russ Smith the 2013 kenpom.com Player of the Year award. This is the third year of the annual award. Michigan State’s Draymond won the award in 2012 and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State was the award in 2011. Click here to read more about how the KenPom ratings are compiled.
Here is an excerpt from KenPom.com.
It is my honor...
Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore has a press conference scheduled for Tuesday.
Who to believe?
Russ Smith, who says he is undecided about whether he will enter the NBA draft? His dad who says Russ is gone?
Or Rick Pitino who says it is 50-50 whether Smith will return to play basketball at the University of Louisville next season?
Gorgui Dieng, who doesn’t seem at all to be infatuated by the NBA and its riches, and indicates that he is happy here?
The day after arguably the greatest day in Louisville sports history, one of the saddest things to ever take place has happened. Russ “Basedking” Smith has decided that he will forgo his senior season in Louisville and enter into the NBA Draft.
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Following Louisville’s national championship victory over Michigan on Monday night, Russ Smith Sr. informed Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated that his son will enter the NBA Draft and not return for his senior season.
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Kansas guard Ben McLemore is entering the NBA draft after
arguably the most successful freshman season in school history.
Tweet Michigan is up 38-37 over Louisville at halftime of the NCAA men’s basketball national championship, thanks in large part to the hot shooting of freshman guard Spike Albrecht (6-7 FG, 4-4 3-pt, 17 pts). But this highlight is courtesy of classmate Mitch McGary, who blocked Cardinals guard Russ Smith at one end then [...]
Moments after Monday's national championship game, Russ Smith Sr. said that his son, Louisville guard Russ Smith Jr., will leave school early to enter the NBA Draft.
The NCAA Tournament ended Monday with Louisville's victory over Michigan in an extremely entertaining basketball game.
For NBA fans that may not mean much. But Tuesday, the dominoes for the NBA Draft started to fall.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Kansas' Ben McLemore announced they will enter the NBA Draft. Both are expected to be among the top five picks in this...