You have to hand it to LSU and Javonte Smart. After the team’s upset loss to Florida in the 2019 SEC Tournament, the freshman came out and was open with the media on hand ask tough questions. This after Smart was just ruled eligible leading up to the game, no less.
Meanwhile, Will Wade is silent and only speaks through statements written by his attornies.
LSU’s trip to Nashville turned out to be a short one after falling to Florida 76-73 but the Tigers will still should have a strong seed once the NCAA Tournament starts next week. Until that time, the questions regarding the status of suspended coach Will Wade aren’t going away anytime soon.
After holding him out for the regular season finale against Vanderbilt, LSU announced Smart would be eligible to play in the 2019 SEC Tournament on Friday leading up to the Florida game. Following the defeat, Smart came out and answered questions from the media in attendance. According to Scott Rabalais of The Advocate, Smart denied any knowledge of the “offer” Wade is reportedly on tape saying he offered to land his commitment.
As for learning of his status for the tournament, he said he found out like everyone else on Friday morning.
After Smart’s media availability, some credited Smart for doing what his suspended coach refuses to do, answer tough questions:
In the upset of the tournament, LSU is bringing Javonte Smart to the interview podium.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2019
Why not, what does he have to hide? https://t.co/Fdro7OHivr
— Billy Gomila (@ATVS_ChefBilly) March 15, 2019
Will's going through lawyers while his player gets to face the cameras.
Cool, cool. https://t.co/8KdZeezFAJ
— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) March 15, 2019
Kudos to LSU #LSU for bringing Javonte Smart to the post game press conference podium. Bigger kudos to Javonte for the way he handled it.
— Scooter Hobbs (@LCsportswriter) March 15, 2019