As you could expect, there were multiple NBA scouts in attendance on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center for the Louisville – Syracuse match-up. One of the veteran NBA scouts spoke with Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV following the game. Here is his evaluation of Russ Smith’s performance.
**Russ Smith, Louisville (25 points, 4 steals)
Scout’s take: ”Russ Smith is shooting up the charts. He’s a tough, quick, little guy who shoots it straight. He brings great ball pressure. He’s Brooklyn-tough, cat-quick. He gets wherever he wants on the floor. He can push the ball. I think he’s intelligent enough when he gets to the NBA, he knows he’s gotta give the ball up.”
Two years ago I didn’t think there was a chance in hell that Russ Smith would be an NBA prospect, but at this point it’s hard to argue that he’s not the best pro prospect for Louisville. Russ does things that you simply can’t teach. I doubt he’ll receive a high enough draft evaluation to leave after his junior season, but consider this will be a very weak NBA draft, it’s certainly a possibility that he would be drafted in 2013.