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Despite multiple accounts of people (including his own father) saying Russ Smith will go pro, the junior will stay at the University of Louisville for his final year.
Pitino spoke first in the press conference and noted several reasons for Smith sticking around: becoming more NBA-ready by creating a better assist/turnover ratio, gaining ten pounds and making better shot selection. Pitino says he also wants Smith to become a first team All-American, defend their national title, and most importantly, he wants him to be the first in his family to graduate.
Russ, “I really didn’t know… Not until when I woke up this morning, I knew I was definitely going to come back.”
Russ Smith: “If I would have left, I think I would have been shooting myself in the foot. I don’t think I was mature enough.”
— Jody Demling (@jdemling) April 24, 2013
Russ on leadership: it’s a role i’ve never experienced. i feel like this year i can do that, i can get better in that category
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One college championship is apparently not enough for the Louisville star, as he announced on Wednesday that he'll be coming back for his senior season.
According to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, Louisville point guard Russ Smith is going to forego the NBA Draft and return to school.
The 6-foot junior guard, who said shortly after the Cardinals won the national championship that he was declaring for the NBA Draft, will come back for his senior season. He made a formal announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
“I love these guys and...
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...
There are some that assume Louisville guard Russ Smith has already made up his mind about his future and instead of sharing the news with the public, he’s just waiting to share it with Rick Pitino first.
I have no inside source with Russ Smith, but in my opinion, I don’t think he really knows for sure if he wants to return to college for one more year or go ahead and start his...
Hug your kids! Hug your wife! Russ Smith is returning to give us one last Russdiculous season!!
With Russ back, the Cards have a real shot of repeating as national champions next season. Undoubtably the Cards will be ranked in the top 5 when the season starts. In fact, the early polls suggest that Kentucky and Louisville will top the polls.
Pitino and Russ held a press conference...
Russ Smith’s father has informed Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports that his son will return to Louisville for his senior season. We’ll find out for sure around 1 PM when Rick Pitino and Russ Smith meet with the local media.
Goodman’s article claims that Russ was told that he could greatly improve his draft stock by sticking around for another year and improving his decision making...
Despite earlier reports of the contrary, Louisville guard Russ Smith announced Wednesday that he will be returning to school for his senior season.
It was initially rumored that Smith would join the sizable pool of college stars that have declared for the NBA draft, including Kansas’ Ben McLemore, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Louisville teammate Gorgui Dieng.
Smith’s father fueled...
Russdiculousness is back, as Louisville guard Russ Smith has announced that he will be returning for his senior season with the Cardinals.
If you missed Wednesday night’s edition of Inside The Press Box, here is the podcast. Click here to listen from your mobile device. As you could expect, today’s show was spent talking about Russ Smith’s decision to return and what it means for Louisville next season. The talent and the pieces are there but the question is how it will all fit together. Don’t forget, you can...
On a day that much of the local talk surrounded the announced return of Louisville junior men’s basketball star Russ Smith, women’s basketball Head Coach Jeff Walz dropped a bomb on the recruiting trail.
After garnering a boatload of recent direct attention from the Cards Head Coach, highly ranked 4-Star junior guard Ariana Freeman verbally committed to Louisville.
The University of Louisville informed local media outlets that Rick Pitino will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM. The release also says that Russ Smith will join Pitino at the media briefing if has made a decision on his future at that point.
As I mentioned earlier today, I have no inside source close to Russ Smith, but I’ve maintained for the past week that...
University of Louisville All-American guard Russ Smith announced on Wednesday that he would return for his senior season. Smith led the Cardinals in scoring and helped the team to a national title as a junior. Cardinal Authority has the latest.
Considering the success of Louisville basketball over the past two seasons, it’s hard to argue that Peyton Siva and Russ Smith aren’t the best backcourt in the history of the program. Next year’s backcourt may not accomplish what Russ Smith and Peyton Siva did, but the crop of guards that Rick Pitino will have are going to be very good. Russ Smith’s decision to stay could...