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Chris Smith
Chris Smith


Millstone, N.J.

Last College:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195




Louisville, Pitino Celebrate Unlikely Final Four

Associated Press Feature Story


Freshman Behanan Matures in Time for Louisville

Associated Press Feature Story


Louisville-Kentucky Preview

Courtesy of the Associated Press


Pitino Back on Top

Associated Press Feature Story


Men's Basketball Concludes Pre-Final Four Activities

The Cardinals had a 50-minute open practice in front of a large contingent of fans.



Men's Basketball Fourth Street Live Rally


Louisville's Dance Ends Against No. 1 Kentucky, 69-61 (AP)

Peyton Siva had 11 points and Chane Behanan added 10.


Final Four Press Conferences, Interviews and Practice (AP)

Louisville prepares to take on in-state rival and top-ranked Kentucky in New Orleans.


Men's Basketball Press Conference (3/23/12)

Men's Basketball Press Conference (3/23/12)


No. 17 Louisville Stuns No. 5 Michigan State, 57-44 (AP)

The Cardinals advance to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under Head Coach Rick Pitino.

Junior Year:

  • Double-figure scorer in 16 games as a junior. He started 20 of the last 26 games. He and Peyton Siva were the only Cardinals to play in all 35 games.
  • Ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in 3-point percentage (.404). He was third on the team in assists (2.5).
  • Grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Marquette in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals, adding five points, four assists and three steals.
  • Totaled a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals at Providence.
  • Second on the team in rebounding in BIG EAST games (4.7). He grabbed at least five rebounds in 19 games, including 12 league contests.
  • Led the Cards with 15 points vs. West Virginia in the KFC Yum! Center and added six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
  • Scored 18 points at Villanova, adding four rebounds and two assists (3-of-6 3-pointers).
  • Totaled 17 points, six rebounds and four assists against Morehead State in the second round of the NCAA.
  • Produced 15 points, four assists, a team-high six boards and made 6-of-8 shots from the field against Kentucky.
  • Against Morgan State, he totaled 10 points, four rebounds and a career-high six assists.
  • Scored 18 points at Western Kentucky while matching a team-high with six rebounds. He hit 8-of-12 shots in the game, including 2-of-3 three-pointers.
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the Billy Minardi Classic against UNLV when he totaled 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots while hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field.
  • Scored 11 points and handed out five assists against Chattanooga off the bench, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers.
  • His brother J.R. plays for the Denver Nuggets. His father Earl played for Monmouth.

At Manhattan College:

  • Walk-on transfer who played two years at Manhattan College, starting 41 of his 50 games there. He sat out last year and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
  • Averaged 13.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots as a sophomore in helping Manhattan post a 16-14 overall record and fourth place MAAC finish. He led the Jaspers in rebounding and was second in scoring, ranking among the top 15 in the MAAC in both categories.
  • Scored in double digits in 20 games as a sophomore.
  • Poured in a career high 35 points against Princeton (12-14-08).
  • Grabbed a career high 13 rebounds and scored 12 points at William & Mary as a sophomore (2-21-09).
  • Named to the 2009 All-Metropolitan Division I Men's Basketball Third Team by the MET Basketball Writer's Association.
  • Averaged 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a freshman at Manhattan, reaching double figures in 10 games. He started 15 of his 21 games.
  • Scoring high as a freshman was 22 points at Rider (1/24/08). He was the third leading scorer on the team.

High School:

  • Averaged 18.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals for Coach Danny Hurley in his final prep season at St. Benedict's Prep.
  • Honored on the first team All-Freelance League team as a senior.
  • Prior to playing at St. Benedict's, he played at Lakewood High School for three years, scoring over 1,300 career points.
  • Also lettered two years in football at Lakewood as a wide receiver and kicker.


  • Born Oct. 13, 1987 ... Son of Earl and Ida Smith ... Has an older sister (Stephanie) and an older (J.R.) and younger (Dimitrius) brother ... Major is justice administration.
  • Personal goal at U of L is to earn a degree in justice administration.
  • Enjoys playing golf, baseball and football, spending time with his family, and watching movies in his spare time.
  • Chose to attend U of L "to play for the best coach in country."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to "bring your game, not your name."
  • Most proud of "my family for all the bumps we've been through and continued to stay strong."
  • His parents have had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Feels Chance from the show "Real Chance of Love" would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway.
  • Wanted to wear No. 5 because he and his brother decided to switch last year.
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is "I have a lot of shoes."
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: "how straightforward he is and he's the greatest at what he does in developing the skills of players."
  • Would most like to meet Barack Obama.


  • Basketball Player: J.R. Smith, Baron Davis
  • NBA Team: Whatever team his brother plays with
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Chris Johnson
  • Movies: Forgetting Sara Marshall, Love n Basketball, Slumdog Millionaire
  • TV Shows: Martin, Jamie Foxx and most Disney shows
  • Book: Kite Runner
  • Actor: Denzel Washington
  • Comedian: Earthquake
  • TV Sports Personality: Charles Barkley
  • Subject: acting
  • Musical Group/Singer: Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy
  • Foods: seafood, fried chicken
  • Midnight Snack: orange cupcakes
  • Vacation spot: Miami
  • Best Player Ever Faced: J.R. Smith
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