April 23, 2024

Louisville basketball Louisville transfer says the expectation will be “to go out and win”

Reyne Smith played for Pat Kelsey for three years at Charleston and is now headed to Louisville

It didn’t take long for Pat Kelsey’s name to emerge as a serious candidate for the head coaching position at the University of Louisville once Charleston lost to Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament earlier this month.

And once Kelsey was named the head coach last Thursday, it didn’t take long for Charleston’s leading scorer to announce that he was following his coach to Louisville.

Senior guard Reyne Smith, who entered the transfer portal last week, became the first commitment of the Kelsey era at Louisville when announced on Saturday that he was transferring for his final season to U of L.

“It was way too good of an opportunity for me to even think about anything else,” Smith told Cardinal Authority.

The 6-foot-2 Smith, a native of Ulverstone, Australia, started 89 games in three seasons at Charleston. He finished as a double-figure scorer in each of those seasons, holding a career average of 11.9 points a game. He averaged 12.8 points this season and scored 13 points in the NCAA game against Alabama.

“Him wanting me to be that first commitment for him, obviously meant a lot with the trust he has in me,” said Smith, who committed to Kelsey when he was still at Winthrop and followed him to Charleston. “Especially with what we have been through the last three years together. It was definitely a feel-good moment to be going with him, especially going to the highest level of basketball in the ACC.”

Smith was in Las Vegas with his family last week when he first heard about Kelsey perhaps going to Louisville.

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