Smith Part of Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List


Jan. 23, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men’s basketball guard Russ Smith has been named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday.

Smith, one of 23 players on midseason list and a finalist for last year's award, was selected to the Wooden Award’s Midseason Watch List on Wednesday.

Through 20 games, the senior has paced the Cardinals in scoring with 18.1 points per game, along with leading the team in assists (96), steals (38), and 3-pointers made (43). The Brooklyn, N.Y., native, who surpassed 300 career assists on Wednesday, is 21 shy of breaking last year’s single-season best of 116.

In conference play, Smith is averaging 30.3 minutes in seven contests and ranks first in the conference in steals per game (2.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (61.3), second in scoring with 20.1 points per game, and is third in 3-pointers made per game with 2.7.

As of Jan. 19, he is 37th in the country in total points and 52nd in total assists.

Program-wise, Smith became just the fifth player in school history to reach 1,500 points and 200 steals. Currently, he is 15th all-time on the school’s career-scoring list with 1,596 points. Following the win over USF in which he recorded a steal, Smith moved into sole possession of No. 4 on the school’s career steals list, passing Tick Rogers (220 steals, 1992-96). Also, Smith is 12 free throws away from taking over No. 5 on the career list and passing Wes Unseld (426 free throws made, 1965-68).

The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award also will be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

While players on the list are the leading contenders to be named to the USBWA's All-America Team, all Division I players remain eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. The association will announce its 2014 All-America Team in mid-March. At that time, finalists will also be chosen for the player of the year. Once finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership will vote for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G Keith Appling, Michigan State 6-1 185 Sr. Detroit, Mich.
F Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico 6-9 250 Sr. Brisbane, Australia  
F Cleanthony Early, Wichita State 6-8 219 Sr. Middletown, N.Y.
C Joel Embiid, Kansas 7-0 250 Fr. Yaounde, Cameroon
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 6-2 180 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse 6-8 215 Sr. Baltimore, Md.
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona 6-9 225 Fr. San Jose, Calif.
G Gary Harris, Michigan State 6-4 210 So. Fishers, Ind.
F Rodney Hood, Duke 6-8 215 So. Meridian, Miss.
G Nick Johnson, Arizona 6-3 200 Jr. Gilbert, Ariz.
G DeAndre Kane, Iowa State 6-4 200 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
F Doug McDermott, Creighton 6-8 225 Sr. Ames, Iowa
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut 6-1 180 Sr. Roxbury, Mass.
F Jabari Parker, Duke 6-8 235 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
G/F Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh 6-5 225 Sr. Lancaster, Pa.
F Casey Prather, Florida 6-6 212 Sr. Jackson, Tenn.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky 6-9 250 Fr. Dallas, Texas
G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 6-4 220 So. Flower Mound, Texas
G Russ Smith, Louisville 6-0 165 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
G Xavier Thames, San Diego State 6-3 195 Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
G Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State 5-11 194 So. Rockford, Ill.
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 6-8 200 Fr. Vaughan, Ont.
G Chaz Williams, Massachusetts 5-9 175 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.



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