By now everyone knows the story of Russ Smith’s journey to being a star at the University of Louisville. He went from a 2 star recruit in high school, to sitting on the bench during his freshman year, to becoming one of the most memorable players in Louisville’s history and in college basketball.
Russ Smith has always taken the negatives in his basketball career and turned them into positives. He seems to thrive off of the doubt. Being selected 47th tonight in the NBA draft it’s obvious that there are still several doubters out there.
In a very ironic twist Russ was in the gym getting better tonight when his name was called in the draft. When he got word about being picked he rushed to a TV to watch it on ESPN with his mother by his side. Afterwards he met with some members of the local media and expressed his gratitude for being picked, but in the conversation it was very evident that he was more determined than ever to prove he belongs.
There’s not a doubt in my mind that Russ will prove them all wrong again and the next thing we will be talking about is how he went from a 2 Star to a NBA Star. Louisville fans will be watching and cheering for him all the way. L1C4!