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Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith

Louisville, Ky.



1978-79 Sporting News, Citizens Athletic Foundation, Converse 1979-80 John Wooden Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, Basketball Weekly, Converse, USBWA, AP, UPI, Sport Magazine, Citizens Athletic Foundation, consensus first team.


Griffith Named to Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Darrell Griffith was a consensus All-American in 1980 and led UofL to the national title in 1980.


Russ Smith Named AP Preseason All-American

Russ Smith is first preseason Associated Press All-America member since Pervis Ellison in 1986.

  • Received the prestigious John Wooden Award from the Los Angeles Athletic Club as college basketball's Player of the Year in 1980.
  • He was also selected by The Sporting News for the same honor.
  • A consensus All-American in 1980, he led Louisville to a 33-3 record and the school's first NCAA national championship.
  • He left U of L as the school's career scoring leader (2,333 points).
  • He is the first player in U of L history to surpass the 2,000 point mark.
  • University of Louisville single season scoring leader with 825 points.
  • Only player at Louisville to score more than 700 points in one season.
  • In his four seasons with Louisville, he helped teams to a combined record of 101-25; two regular season Metro Conference titles; two Metro tournament championships; four straight NCAA tournament appearances; and the 1980 NCAA Championship.
  • His jersey number - 35 - was retired at ceremonies following the 1980 basketball season and his road uniform is on permanent display at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Darrell Griffith Career Statistics

Year G Min FGM-FGA Pct 3Pt-Att Pct FTM-FTA PctReb-Avg PF Ast To Blk St Pts-Avg
1976-7728652150-229.501---- 59-93.634109-3.971-350-1.775----359-12.8
1977-783099640-460.522----78-110.709 162-5.478-3105-3.51132048558-18.6
1979-80361246349-631.553 ----127-178.713 174-4.899-2138-3.81312986825-22.9
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