Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Why should he stay?  Anyone would be crazy to not have a guy return that was in many Player of the Year conversations.  Louisville needs him.  The incoming class has some good guards and guys who can create, but you never truly know what you are going to get until they get on campus (see UK last season).  So, with that, you would have a great sense of security going into season at the two guard position.  Leadership.  While Smith has a lighthearted fun personality, I believe he still has the intangibles to be a leader for this team, and I think they are going to need it.  With the exit of Peyton Siva and the likely exit of Gorgui Dieng, you lose a great deal of leadership. Free throw shooting (one of the best in recent Louisville history).  Defensive tenacity (especially in the press).  To keep it simple, Russ Smith is one of the best in college basketball at creating his shot and getting to the basket…you never turn that away. Why should he go?  Russ Smiths numbers…will drop next s...
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