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Louisville's Russ Smith returns for senior season

Updated: April 24, 2013, 3:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Russ Smith is staying at Louisville to chase another NCAA championship and a degree.

The 6-foot-1 guard is passing on the NBA draft to return for his senior season, aiming to become his family's first college graduate and also win another title.

Smith's decision contradicts father Russ Sr.'s declaration after the Cardinals' NCAA championship win over Michigan that his son would enter the draft. Smith led Louisville (35-5) with 18.7 points per game this season, including ...

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