Former Louisville guard Russ Smith changed scenery recently and the change has been good.
Smith, who is playing with Luoyang in the Chinese NBL this summer, has been tearing it up on the court lately, averaging more than 60 points per game after a recent 81-point outing.
Smith’s averages now stands at 61.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.6 assists per game after making 25 field goals, including 10 3-pointers, and 21 free throws in his most recent game. His lowest scoring output in a game so far is 42 points.
For the season, Smith has made 49 percent from the field, including 37 percent from 3-point range.
Smith played for four years at Louisville, winning a national championship in 2013 with the Cardinals.
He was picked with the No. 47 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but was traded the following day to the New Orleans Pelicans. Smith played in the NBA D-League through his rookie year before being traded to the Memphis Grizzles in Jan. 2015.
Smith spent 2016 split between the Delaware 87ers in the D-League and playing in Europe.