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Report: Russ Smith to turn pro

Apr 9, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

University of Louisville's Smith fights to get shot off under pressure from Colorado State's defense NCAA basketball game in Lexington

Louisville’s national title was barely an hour old when the fan base suffered a major blow on Monday night.

As it turns out, Russdiculous is headed to the league:

On the court after Monday’s national championship game, as the Louisville Cardinals cut down a net, Russ Smith Sr. told 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.”

He’s gone.

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  1. Alex K - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I love Russ. I don’ know how his game is going to work in the NBA, but if he thinks he’s ready he should go. I think this is another case of Russ making a bad decision.

    • kentakka - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      I don’t think it’s such a bad decision. I mean I’m a Louisville hater. It’s common courtesy to hate Louisville as a UK fan LOL. But I also know Russ is a talented player and it’s probably best for him to leave. The draft isn’t exactly overloaded with tremendous talent this year, at least compared to next year. As talented as he is, he could be a real high pick. If he waits til next year, he could drop way down.

  2. florida727 - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I’m not an evaluator of talent, certainly not at the NBA level, so for me to comment about whether or not his game translates to the pro game would be asinine. But I can’t imagine his stock being any higher than it is right now. His dad’s right. Back-to-back Big East titles and now a national title. In the conversation of “best…” at his position. If he can cash in, good for him. I just can’t envision a scenario, short of another national title and POY awards, where he improves his stock over where it is now. I wish him luck.

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