Hoops Wrap-Up: Russ Smith

Our Cardinal Authority series of stories of "Hoops Wrap-Up" continues, featuring a look at each player on the University of Louisville men's basketball team. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our final player to focus on is All-American senior guard Russ Smith:

Russ Smith

6-0, Sr., Guard

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Averages: Smith finished his sensational senior season at 18.2 points a game for the Cardinals. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and led the team with 172 assists and 74 steals in 29.3 minutes a game in his 37 games for the Cardinals.

Career numbers: Wow! The numbers are staggering for Smith, who ends his career as the only player in U of L history with 1,800 points, 350 assists and 250 steals. He finished with 1,908 career points and ranks fifth all-time in school history, while setting a new U of L mark for career steals with 257.

Overview: Just look at the numbers and there's not much else that needs to be said about Smith's career. He finished as a unanimous first-team All-American – earning first-team honors from the Associated Press, The Sporting News and the United Basketball Writers' Association. Smith finished his career as one of the most memorable players in school history and one of the most popular.

Best game: It would have been tough to pick until he finished with a career-high 42 points in the AAC semifinals against Houston. Smith was 14 of 22 from the field in the game and 5 of 7 on three-pointers. His 42 points was third in school history as a high game for U of L.

Quotable: "I'm going to miss this place," Smith said. "It's been a great career and I wouldn't change anything about it. I've had so much fun."

Fun stat: Smith also finished with 378 assists, 359 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Smith also finished as the school's leader for points in the NCAA Tournament with 245.

Bottom line: Smith ends his All-American career as one of the top players to ever put on a Louisville uniform. He's likely going to be a second-round NBA pick and figure to fit into the pro game just fine. Smith has a stellar time at U of L and is one player that could have his number retired by the school?


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