Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 4/29/13
Rick Pitino had a press conference this afternoon to officially introduce new assistant coach Mike Balado and name the team captains for next season. Seniors Luke Hancock and Russ Smith have been named your team captains for 2013-14. Hancock was a team captain on last year’s championship team along with Peyton Siva. The George Mason transfer went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points in the championship game against Michigan. He was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, the first reserve to take that award. Russ Smith announced last week that he would return to Louisville for his senior season after considering entering the NBA Draft. Smith told Pitino that he wanted to be one of the leaders on next year’s team. Smith led Louisville (35-5) with 18.7 points per game this season, including 22.3 in the NCAA tournament. Stay tuned to TheCardianlConnect.com as we’ll have much more from this afternoon’s presser.
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