Russ Smith, a 6-foot-1 junior guard out of Brooklyn, New York, will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft, according to a number of reports. Smith confirmed his father’s comments on Sirius XM radio, according to CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman:
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 9, 2013
Given the circumstances, Smith really has done everything that he has needed to do at Louisville and his NBA Draft stock has never been higher than it currently is. Smith has played his way into a late first-early second round selection pool and that’s thanks in large part to a scoring arsenal that many opponents could not slow down in the NCAA Tournament.
Smith can score from the outside, but he is great at getting to the rim and slashing through defenders. Smith averaged 18.7 points per game on the season, but had been totaling 25 points per contest heading into Monday’s national championship game.
Smith was held to only nine points on Monday, but the Cardinals were crowned as the kings of college basketball after a hard-fought game. Michigan became the first team to hold Smith below 20 points in the Big Dance, preventing the junior guard from becoming the fifth player in NCAA Tournament history to score 20+ points in six consecutive tournament games.
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