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Russ Smith
Russ Smith


Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:
Archbishop Molloy/South Kent

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 165




Athletic Director's Honor Roll Names 494

Cards set a record in classsroom achievement


Russ Smith Receives American Athletic Conference Sports Excellence Award

Second straight year Smith earned league award based on academics, athletic performance and volunteer service


Cards' Russ Smith Selected In NBA Draft

Smith chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round with the 47th overall pick, then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans


Smith is a Two-Time KenPom Player of the Year

Russ Smith is the first two-time recipient of the award.


Pitino Reviews 2013-14 Men's Basketball Season

The Cardinals finished the year with a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.



Louisville v Kentucky | NCAA Regional Semifinal



NCAA Regionals | Practice Day 1


#4 Louisville vs. #5 Saint Louis

USATSI gallery, NCAA men's basketball tournament



Louisville Men's Basketball v Saint Louis | NCAA Round 3



Louisville v Manhattan | NCAA Round 2

Junior Year:

  • Preseason All-America selection who is a prolific scorer and has been among the nation's leaders in steals.
  • Cards' top scorer scored in double figures in all but four games last season. In BIG EAST stats, he was second in scoring (18.7, 35th nationally), fourth in steals (2.1, 36th nationally), and eighth in free throw pct. (.804).
  • An All-BIG EAST first team selection, Smith was selected as a third team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sporting News and NABC, and the College Sports Madness All-America first team. He was selected as the national Player of the Year by Ken Pomeroy.
  • Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Midwest Regional after matching a career high with 31 points against Oregon and scoring 23 points against Duke.
  • Averaged 22.3 points and 2.5 steals in the Cardinals' six NCAA Tournament games. He scored 27 vs. Colorado State, the fourth-highest scoring total of his career; had 23 points and an NCAA Tournament record tying eight steals against North Carolina A&T; and scored 21 vs. Wichita State.
  • Became the Cards' 65th career 1,000-point scorer with 17 points at DePaul with five assists, four rebounds and four steals (1,235 now, 36th at UofL).
  • Received the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men's basketball.
  • An All-BIG EAST tournament selection, Smith scored 28 points vs. Villanova and 20 vs. Notre Dame in the event.
  • Scored 20 or more in a game on 19 occasions as a junior, including seven of his last nine games.
  • Received a 2013 Academic Momentum Award, as presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and the Scholar Baller program, an honor which is based on the level of academic improvement.
  • Named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30 after producing 21 points, three steals, three assists and matched a career-high with seven rebounds vs. Kentucky. Smith, who scored 17 of his points in the second half, was also named the Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP of the game.
  • Honored on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll six times as a junior for the weeks of Nov. 19-25, Dec. 3-9, Jan. 14-21, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, Feb. 11-17 and Feb. 28-March 3.
  • Named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 and Naismith Award top 30.
  • Scored a career-high matching 31 points vs. UMKC with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
  • Named to the Battle 4 Atlantis all-tournament team for his performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis when he averaged 17 points, six rebounds, 3.3 steals and three assists in three games.
  • Scored 23 points vs. Miami (Ohio), burying a career-best five 3s in seven attempts.
  • Ranked 36th nationally in steals, averaging 2.1 per game.
  • Has a steal in 77 of 96 career games.
  • Represented the United States with a 12-member basketball squad of collegiate players in an international competition in Europe in July 2013. The East Coast All-Stars competed against teams from Belarus, Estonia, and the Slovak Republic in the 2013 Four Nations Cup in Tallinn, Estonia. Smith averaged 23 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists in as the US team won two of three games in the event. His top effort was producing 30 points and five rebounds against Estonia.
  • Nicknamed "Russdiculous" by Coach Rick Pitino, who also named a thoroughbred race horse by that name.

Sophomore Year:

  • Ranked third in the BIG EAST and 19th nationally in steals (2.2 per game). His 87 steals set a new Louisville single-season record, a mark broken by Peyton Siva in 2012-13 with 90 thefts.
  • Led the Cardinals with 19 points off the bench against Florida in the NCAA West Region Championship, adding five rebounds and two assists.
  • Had 17 points and 3 steals vs. New Mexico in the NCAA Third Round.
  • Had 10 games as a sophomore with at least four assists.
  • Scored a season-high 30 points at Kentucky, nearly half of UofL's point total in that game.
  • Scored 24 points vs. Memphis. He also gathered seven steals, tying for the fourth most ever by a UofL player. He was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for his efforts (Dec. 12-18).
  • MVP of the 10th annual Billy Minardi Classic after scoring 23 points vs. Western Kentucky, 16 in the second half.
  • Scored 20 points at Marquette, the fifth time in 11 games he had scored 20 or more points. He added six assists and four steals.
  • Had at least one steal in all but seven games as a sophomore, including 22 with at least two.
  • Averaged 18 points in a pair of exhibition victories during the Cards' summer trip to the Bahamas, including 18 in the first half of one game on his way to a 22-point performance.

Freshman Year:

  • A group of injuries limited his playing time as a freshman (broken foot, concussion, strained foot, sore knee), seeing action in 17 games.
  • Had seven steals in his last 38 minutes of floor time and at least one theft in seven of his last 10 games, despite not playing more than nine minutes in any of those contests.
  • His 3-pointer, steal, two rebounds and defense helped provide a spark in the Cardinals' comeback victory over West Virginia.
  • Scored a season-high nine points and added two assists and two steals at Western Kentucky.
  • Missed two games against Providence and West Virginia after suffering a concussion in practice on Feb. 28.
  • Suffered a fracture in his right foot on Sept. 25 and missed about eight weeks, playing in his first game on Dec. 1 against FIU.
  • Wore No. 24 as a freshman.

High School:

  • Played a year of prep school basketball at South Kent (Conn.) School, averaging 19.7 points and 3.9 assists in helping South Kent (Conn.) School to a 20-12 record.
  • Averaged 29.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists for Coach Jack Curran as a senior in 2008-09 at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, N.Y. as the Stanners posted a 15-9 record.
  • Led the New York City Catholic league (CHSAA) in scoring two years, averaging 24.5 points a game as a junior.
  • Top scoring effort in high school was 47 points as a senior against both St. Francis Prep and Christ the King, the latter coming in an 87-85 loss in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan semifinals.
  • Named to the 2009 New York State Sportswriters Association all-state team. He also earned first-team all-CHSAA "AA" honors and New York Daily News All-Queens first team status as a senior.
  • Scored 27 points in the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game at Madision Square Garden on April 18, helping the City team beat the Suburban team 129-120 to earn co-MVP honors.
  • Also considered Houston, LaSalle, Baylor and Arizona before signing with the Cardinals.


  • Born April 19, 1991 ... Son of Paulette Oneal and Russell Smith ... Has three younger siblings (Savannah, April and Reece) ... Major is communication.
  • Personal goal at UofL is "to keep winning."
  • Enjoys playing video games in his spare time.
  • Chose to attend UofL because of the "city, coaches, staff, playing in the BIG EAST and the great fan support."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to work harder every day.
  • Best moment of his career to date was winning the last 16 games of his junior year.
  • Few people know that he loves to sleep.
  • Most proud of being in school.
  • His parents and Coach Pitino have had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Feels Dave Chappelle would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was either Tracy McGrady or Allen Iverson.
  • Feels he could fare well on any reality show because "I'm funny, smart and a good singer."
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is his music playing.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: how much better he has made me as a player.
  • Best thing about being a Cardinal is that we win.


  • Basketball Player: Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant, Allen Iverson
  • NBA Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets
  • Movies: Pirates of the Carribean series, Harry Potter movies, Inception, karate movies
  • TV Shows: Law and Order, Chappelle Show
  • Comedian: Dave Chappelle
  • Subject: English
  • Book: Lord of the Flies
  • Musical Group/Singer: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Killa Time, Lil B
  • TV Sports Personality: Stephen A. Smith
  • Foods: Qdoba
  • Midnight Snack: cookies
  • Vacation spot: Bahamas
  • Best Player Ever Faced: New York guards from the 2008 class

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