Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith (2) hits a three-point shot as Michigan Wolverines forward Glenn Robinson III (1) watches during the second half of the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Russ Smith Staying At Louisville

First off, let me just apologize for not posting about/covering this yesterday.  News broke during the day, plus my internet at home crashed.  But, all is good now and only losers make excuses so let’s move on…

Anyways, as everyone saw yesterday, Russ Smith declared that he’d be returning to Louisville for his senior season to play for the Cards one last time.  After his dad first stated that he’d be going pro, he said soon after that he had not yet made a decision, at various times being 70/30, 50/50, 60/40 on returning, according to him and Coach Pitino.  In fact, he even said at Louisville Football’s Spring Game that he hadn’t made up his mind just yet.  With Sunday being the deadline to withdraw your name from the draft, Smith had to make a decision quick.

Many people had given their opinion on whether Smith would/should go pro or not. Many in favor of Smith leaving cited the fact that this is a down year for the draft, and that his stock wasn’t going to get much higher, so he may as well go ahead and go pro now, when he has a better shot at being picked.  Many who said he should stay were saying that with Russ having another year to improve, it’d give the Cardinals another good shot at the national title.  I will say though, many who held the latter viewpoint were Louisville fans, including myself.

So in the end, Smith deciding to stay for his senior season, saying that it’s due to his desire to win another national title with Louisville and to be the first member of his family to graduate college.  Both reasons are understandable.  Smith has a good head on his shoulders and realizes that a college degree can open up so many more possibilities in life.  He also knows how loving the Cardinal fanbase is, and I really think he cares about them just as much as we care about him.  He knows what two titles in as many years would mean to this program.  He saw firsthand how much a player who stays with the team for all possible years of eligibility (Siva) is loved by a fanbase.  He also respects Coach Pitino too, and I think that he really wanted to stay and win another one for him.  Overall, I loved to hear the news that he is staying, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for Russ Smith and the 2013-14 Louisville Cardinals.

Video courtesy of WLKY.

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