Russ Smith will always be a Cardinal. But tomorrow night, Russdiculous leaves the nest for good and will attempt to make his way into the NBA during Thursday Night’s Draft.
Russ was one of the most entertaining and productive players in Louisville History. Smith finished as a 1st Team AP & Wooden Award All-American and became the program’s SIXTH consensus All-American (Charlie Tyra, Wes Unseld, Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison, Clifford Rozier).
Russ Smith’s jersey should hang in the rafters of the KFC Yum! Center. 1 National Championship, 2 Final Fours, 3 Conference Championships, Consensus All-American, Most UofL Points in a Single NCAA Tournament, American Athletic Conference Tournament MVP. Louisville Basketball has had 100 Years in program’s history. The program hasn’t had another player like Russ Smith before his arrival and we may have to wait 100 Years to see someone compare to Russ.
2013 NCAA Championship
2014 American Athletic Championship
2013 Big East Championship
2012 Big East Championship
2014 AP 1st Team All-American
2014 John Wooden Award 1st Team All-American
2014 USBWA 1st Team All-American
2014 Sporting News 1st Team All-American
2014 Associated Press 1st Team All-American
2014 NABC 2nd Team All-American
2014 Senior CLASS Award
2014 Naismith Trophy Finalist (winner announced April 6th)
2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy Finalist (winner announced April 4th)
2014 John Wooden Award Finalist (winner announced April 4th)
2013 Associated Press 3rd Team All-American
2013 USBWA 3rd Team All-American
2013 Sporting News 3rd Team All-American
2014 1st Team All-American Athletic Conference
2013 1st Team All-Big East Conference
2014 American Athletic Tournament Most Valuable Player
2013 NCAA Tournament MidWest Region Most Outstanding Player
2013 Big East All-Tournament Team
1st Career NCAA Tournament Scoring, 248 Points.
1st Single NCAA Tournament Scoring, 134 Points. (2013)
2nd All-Time Season Scoring, 748 Points. 2012-13 Season
t4th All-Time Season Scoring, 673 Points. 2013-14 Season
5th All-Time Career Scoring, 1908 Points.
3rd Season Field Goal Attempts, 560. 2012-13 Season
4th Career Field Goal Attempts, 1501.
10th Season Made Field Goals, 232. 2012-13 Season
10th Season Field Goal Attempts, 481. 2013-14 Season
620 Career Made Field Goals (12 short of the Top 10).
t8th Career Made 3-Pointers, 180.
8th Career Attempted 3-Pointers, 521.
1st Season Made Free Throws, 222. 2012-13 Season
1st Season Attempted Free Throws, 276. 2012-13 Season
2nd Career Made Free Throws, 488.
3rd Career Attempted Free Throws, 642.
8th Season Made Free Throws, 153. 2013-14 Season
9th Season Attempted Free Throws, 217. 2013-14 Season.
1st Career Steals, 257.
1st Career NCAA Tournament Steals, 25.
1st Single NCAA Tournament Steals, 15. 2013
2nd Season Steals, 87. 2011-12 Season
8th Season Steals, 83. 2012-13 Season
t9th Season Steals, 74. 2013-14 Season.
7th Season Assists, 172. 2013-14 Season.
378 Career Assists (41 shy of Top 10 All-Time)
Russ has an impressive résumé on paper. But he was even more fun to watch in real life. Our very own CrumsRevenge (Mike Lindsay) produced a Tribute to Russ Smith, and this is how we will always remember him. DESTROY THE NBA RUSS.