Russ Smith scored just three points against UConn, which some would consider a dud of a senior game. But Smith excited the KFC Yum! Center perfectly with three points, 13 assists and four steals.
Why is that perfect? Well if you know anything about Smith’s story at Louisville you would know that he had to work at being a passer. In fact being a pass first type of player and Russdiculous were exact opposites. Just to compare, Smith had 14 assists his entire freshman season.
Smith was weaving through UConn’s two talented guards. He was dishing to the wing, finding Montrezl Harrell underneath. It was a masterful performance.
One of the reasons Smith came back for his senior year is to be able to become a better all around player, work on his assists to turnover ratio. In the process he became more of a leader on the court as well.
He is now what NBA teams should want in a guard. He is projected to go early in the second round by most mock drafts. One thing that will work in his advantage is not only is he a scorer (and now a versatile player), but he is also a winner. With Smith Louisville went to two Final Fours and won a National Championship, of course this season isn’t over.
Who ever gets Russ Smith is a lucky team, just ask Rick Pitino.
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