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
— C.L. Brown (@clbrown_cj) April 24, 2013
Russ Smith: “My Mom has had a big academic influence on my life, and I want to get my degree… I want to start my pro career with a degree”
— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) April 24, 2013