As most of you are aware, Russ Smith is spending this week participating in the NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago, where he's hoping to do what Peyton Siva was able to do a year ago and boost his draft stock immensely.
"I'm totally confident," Russ told NBA.com on Friday. "Not just because of Peyton, but Peyton's (experience) is just a testament of how good a person he is. That's a guy who wasn't talked about getting drafted and he got in. He can play and he's a great guy off the court. He's no problems, a great locker-room guy. That's one of those guys you look up to and say you want to be like him."
He's been an integral part of my life," Smith said of Siva. "He's one of the most humble guys I've ever met. He helped get me through college and helped me with coach (Rick Pitino). I took a lot of criticism with the media, from coach, and being that guy and being the guy to win or lose a game and I'm strong enough to handle it. Most of that goes to Peyton."
Here's the rest of what we know from Russ' time at the combine so far:
--Russ checked in at 5'11, 160-pounds, unsurprisingly a notch below the "official" listing of 6'0, 165-pounds he played with this past season.
--Smith's body fat percentage is a ridiculous 3.5, the lowest of any of the players at the combine.
--Russ turned in a somewhat disappointing maximum vertical leap of 34 inches on Friday. For comparison's sake, Shabazz Napier maxed out at 37.5.
--Apparently he's wearing "foams" at the combine, which has Twitter buzzing. I'm the farthest thing from a sneaker-head possible, so I don't know what any of that means.
--Russ ranked in the top 10 in both off the dribble shooting and on the move shooting.
Players attempt uncontested jump shots from 15-18 feet while on the move in order to simulate in-game action
Player Position On The Move
On The Move
1. Joe Harris SG 30-37 0-0 2. Alex Kirk PF-C 27-40 0-0 3. Semaj Christon PG 27-39 0-0 4. C.J. Fair SF 27-36 0-0 5. Rodney Hood SF 26-33 0-0 6. James McAdoo PF-C 25-48 0-0 7. Glenn Robinson III SF 25-39 0-0 8. Russ Smith PG 25-36 0-0 9. Cory Jefferson PF-C 25-34 0-0 10. Dwight Powell PF-C 24-37 0-0
Players attempt uncontested jump shots from 15-18 feet off the dribble in order to simulate in-game action.
Player Position Off Dribble
1. Jahii Carson PG 5-6 2-6 3-6 2. Joe Harris SG 5-6 5-6 4-6 3. Glenn Robinson III SF 5-6 6-6 5-6 4. Russ Smith PG 5-6 4-6 3-6 5. Nick Johnson SG 5-6 5-6 4-6 6. Melvin Ejim SF 5-6 3-6 4-6 7. Markel Brown SG 5-6 5-6 3-6 8. Thanasis Antetokounmpo SF 5-6 4-6 3-6 9. Alex Kirk PF-C 5-6 3-6 2-6 10. Aaron Craft PG 5-6 3-6 1-6
And finally, Russ sits down for a brief one-on-one with Seth Davis:
Best of luck to Russ during the rest of his time in Chicago.