Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith was a big part of the team’s success as they went on an incredible run to end the season and ultimate captured the NCAA championship on Monday night. Following the game, Smith’s father made it very clear that his son was prepared to make the leap to the NBA now that he has reached the peak of the college basketball world.
Here is the exchange between Smith Sr. and Sports Illustrated after the game:
“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.”
The news doesn’t come as a surprise, but it is the confirmation that everyone needed.
Smith is an undersized shooting guard that could have trouble finding a role in the NBA, but his tenacious perimeter defense should warrant a look at the end of round one or top of round two.