HoopsHype Russ Smith rumors

March 17, 2014 Updates

Dime: If you were an NBA general manager, who would you pick in this year’s draft? Who is most NBA-ready? PS: The one guy most NBA ready: I got to go with my guy Russ Smith. I’m Louisville biased man, he’s my guy [laughs]. But also I like Jabari Parker. He’s a really solid player; he’s a really good player. Just watching a couple of their games, he’s kind of a do-it-all kind of player. Scorer, rebounder, I think he’s a real good talent. Dime

March 6, 2014 Updates

Smith's NBA potential became a popular topic, and the analysis wasn't pretty. Too small, some scouts said. Too erratic of a shooter. Smith had the frame (6-foot, 165 pounds) of a point guard but the skills and mentality of a two-guard. Ultimately, Smith decided to return to Louisville, a decision with which everyone agreed. "The pros want to see a different Russ," Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said last April. "They want to see 10 more pounds of muscle. They want to see better shot selection, a higher assist-turnover ratio." SI.com

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Smith thought he was set to go to the next level after last season. Then he found out that NBA scouts didn't necessarily agree. "It was more tough to find out that a lot of teams wouldn't maybe draft me or take me in the first round," he said. "Because when you look at guys that I put up numbers with in the tournament and the whole season, and just everything I've done, there should be no reason why." "It was more tough to find out that a lot of teams wouldn't maybe draft me or take me in the first round," he said. "Because when you look at guys that I put up numbers with in the tournament and the whole season, and just everything I've done, there should be no reason why." Smith called realizing that he wouldn't go in the first round "really humbling; so last year was probably one of the toughest times of my life." Lexington Herald-Leader

October 13, 2013 Updates

Even though Smith loved Louisville as much as you could possibly love a city, he was ready to chase his NBA dream. The tough part was hearing that NBA teams weren't necessarily ready to make it a reality, at least not yet. For Russ Smith, it was back to the start. "When you look at guys that put up numbers the way I did in the tournament and the whole season and just everything I've done here," Smith said, "I thought there should be no reason why I shouldn't go in the first round." But then U of L coach Rick Pitino told him otherwise, and the truth hurt. Smith said Pitino told him he would probably go in the draft's mid-to-late second round. He told him if he wanted to be a first-round pick, he needed to become more polished, more poised. "As I watched film and looked at myself, and Coach P talked to me about what certain teams want and what certain people want from me, I got to see it for myself," Smith said. "And it was really humbling." USA Today Sports

Smith wants to show NBA scouts what they have glossed over. But Pitino doesn't want him to focus too much on what's next, because that could affect what's now. "What he's doing to himself, at times, is putting stress on himself," Pitino said. "And stress is the enemy." USA Today Sports

April 24, 2013 Updates

Russ Smith is returning to Louisville. 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 this team, and I don't want to leave them right now," Smith said at the news conference. "I never really got an official goodbye -- and that stuck with me," he added. CBSSports.com

April 23, 2013 Updates

Louisville fans have been waiting to hear whether third-team All-American Russ Smith will stay and finish his college career or head to the NBA. The University of Louisville announced that Rick Pitino and perhaps Russ Smith will have a press conference Wednesday at 1pm, Smith will be there if he has made his decision. kentuckysports.co

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On Monday night, the Louisville star's father initially told reporters that his son had planned to enter the NBA draft following his team's run to the national title in Atlanta. Smith confirmed his father's statement when he told SiriusXM "College Sports Nation" radio hosts Mark Packer and Bruce Pearl that "this is the right time" the following day. But Rick Pitino, who had also confirmed Smith's departure at the team's pep rally earlier this week, said Thursday morning that the junior guard is still on the fence about going pro. "Russ, I think, is 50-50," he told Sports Radio 790 in Louisville. "He's a very confused young man in terms of his decision right now. He didn't want his dad to say that about him coming out. He wanted time to think of it." ESPN.com

April 9, 2013 Updates

On the court after Monday's national championship game, as the Louisville Cardinals cut down a net, Russ Smith Sr. told SI.com that his son Russ will turn pro. Russ Smith Jr., a junior, led Louisville in scoring this season. "I told him, 'Man, this is how you go out,'" Smith Sr. said. "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." SI.com

Smith Jr. is nicknamed "Russdiculous" by Louisville coach Rick Pitino for his penchant for taking crazy shots. Though Smith missed 13-of-16 in Louisville's title game win over Michigan, his father says he is still leaving on a great note. "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 Four, national championship. What other way to go out?" So that's it? "That's it." He's gone? "He's gone." SI.com

April 7, 2013 Updates

Russdiculous says he’s “leaning toward” returning to Louisville for his senior season. “If I were to come back next year, which is I’m not going to say 50/50, but it’s more of leaning towards coming back, we’ll just have to see,” Brooklyn native Russ Smith said here Sunday in response to another reporter’s question. “I have to talk to my dad and I have to talk to Coach [Rick Pitino] and we’ll just go at it from there.” DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot Smith going early in the second round of this year’s Draft, and a veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. he could go late in the first. “You can’t guard what you can’t catch,” the scout said. “Cat quick and Brooklyn tough.” ZagsBlog.com

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