Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 4/12/13
At this point, we still aren’t exactly sure what the future holds for Russ Smith. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that Russ himself isn’t even sure where he’ll be playing basketball next season. Just two days ago it looked as if Russ was as good as gone, but fortunately for Louisville fans, it now sounds as if Russ is leaning more towards returning for a senior season. “Russ’s dad spoke a little premature,” Pitino told ESPNU last night as a guest on their signing day special. “Russ is about 60/40 staying.” Pitino tells ESPNU that he emailed “all of the NBA Player Personnel directors and said ‘Look, I need help on this one. If you drafted Russ Smith in the second round, would you send him to the D-League? Would you keep him? Would you develop him? I need some insight on what you think he needs to improve to be a first-rounder. “Do you think he can be a first-rounder?’ And I’m waiting to get their input back,” Pitino says. “So far I’ve got two. I sent it on to Russ as I got it and I emailed
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