Smith leaving for NBA, father says

Smith leaving for NBA, father says

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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08: Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates as he cuts down the net after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by GARY GRAVES

Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The father of Russ Smith says the Louisville junior guard will leave school to enter the NBA draft.
 
Russ Smith Sr. said the Cardinals' leading scorer "did it all" during his college career that culminated with Louisville's 82-76 victory over Michigan Monday night for the NCAA championship. That title, two Big East and an all-conference first-team selection this season completes a resume he said made it easy for his son to take it to the next level.
 
Smith's father said his son will announce his decision in the next week.
 
Smith averaged 18.9 points this season including 23.3 in six NCAA tournament games. But he struggled in the Cardinals' title-clinching victory, missing 13 of 16 shots and finishing with just nine points.
 
Nonetheless, Smith Sr. said, "he's going."

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