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Russ is one 'very motivated' Pelican

Former University of Louisville All-American Russ Smith was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No. 47 pick in the NBA Draft and then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. Smith met with the local media early Friday morning to discuss his draft night and his future.

Former University of Louisville All-American Russ Smith has always had to overcome a lot of challenges in his basketball career. Just a two-star out of high school, Smith nearly left U of L after his freshman season only to later become a fan favorite. Smith, tagged with the nickname Russdiculous by U of L coach Rick Pitino, helped the Cardinals to a national title two years ago, a pair of Final...

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