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.
“I told him, ‘Man, this is how you go out,’” Smith Sr. tells SI.com. “All the people who doubted you since high school, you proved them wrong. You have back-to-back (Big East) championships, then you come back and win the national championship. All that hard work comes from working you out since you was three years old, running the beach, running the stairs, running with medicine balls, a boxing bag, it paid off.”
Russ still has the option to test the waters and not sign with an agent which would leave the door open for his return next year. However, considering his father’s comments, I’d say Russ is as good as gone.
“When you go out, you want to go out with a national championship,” Smith Sr. said. “He’s got five rings: back-to-back Big East, back-to-back Final F