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Ex-Louisville basketball star Russ Smith signs with new Chinese club

Former Louisville basketball star Russ Smith has a new club, his dad confirmed Wednesday.

Smith, the 6-foot guard who averaged 61.2 points per game last season in China's second-tier league, signed a one-year deal with the Fujian Sturgeons, who play in the top-flight Chinese Basketball Association.

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"He's happy (because) he's playing and showing what he can do," Russ Smith Sr. said.

Fujian finished 15th in the 20-team CBA last season. The Sturgeons have had some other familiar names on their rosters in recent years, including New York legend Sebastian Telfair, former Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics guard Delonte West and longtime NBA veteran Al Harrington.

Smith expressed frustration in an interview with the Courier-Journal this past spring about his experiences in professional basketball.

He started out with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies before he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

He then spent time with the NBA Development League's Delaware 87ers before and after a brief stint with Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey.

He signed with Luoyang this summer and dominated China's National Basketball League, making headlines here in the United States with an 81-point outburst in one game.

Source: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2017/09/13/former-louisville-cardinals-basketball-star-russ-smith-signs-fuijan/661282001/

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