Russ Smith, sure to be a hit at the White House, won’t be there when the University of Louisville basketball team meets with the President on Tuesday.
According to the New York Daily News, Russ will will join other top college players in a program that sends Div. 1 kids to Europe each summer to play against foreign national teams.
The Louisville star is determined to improve his game, even if it means missing the national champion Cardinals’ White House visit on Tuesday. And even if it means going overseas.
“It’s nothing personal to the White House and Mr. President Obama, but as a basketball player, I feel like I have things to work on, and just constantly playing basketball will help me. I felt like it was the best decision for me and the best decision for University of Louisville basketball team,” says Smith, who averaged 18.7 points a game last season.
Good decision putting his team first.