Victor Oladipo And Russ Smith Declare For NBA Draft
The exodus has begun. Both the champion Louisville Cardinals and the early out but previous number 1 Indiana Hoosiers lose big time players to the association.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo and the Cards Russ Smith have in some way declared early and will enter the draft.
Oladipo is a junior. Draft "experts" tell him he will be a top 6 pick in the upcoming draft so out he comes. The fine young guard hopes to graduate in May. Oladipo was the Hoosiers 2nd leading scorer this past season, putting up over 13 points per game. The Hoosiers top scorer, Cody Zeller is expected to announce he will go pro on Wednesday.
Meantime the national champion Louisville Cardinals are going to lose their fine junior guard Russ Smith, who according to his father will put his name into the upcoming draft as well. Smith's father, Russ Smith Sr claimed his son has done it all in college and is ready for the next challenge.
Smith is lightning quick but some may see him as too small at 6 foot 1. Smith despite a sub par championship game that saw him on the bench to start the 2nd half actually raised his scoring average in the tournament from the regular season. He averaged 18.6 points per game in the regular season. In the NCAA tournament he upped that to 22.3. The questions surrounding him are is he tough enough and physical enough to handle the grind of the pro's. There is no doubt about his speed as he regularly blew by opponents to get to the basket.
Rumors are swirling that Smith's teammate, center Gorgui Dieng will also declare early for the draft.
Russ Smith Sr said his son will make the announcement of his departure next week