Russ Smith ranks third in the BIG EAST, 29th nationally, in steals per game.
March 4, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men’s basketball guard Russ Smith has been touted as one of the top players in the country throughout the season.
On Monday, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Smith one of 14 finalists for the 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy, presented to the nation’s top Division I men’s player.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is among the BIG EAST leaders scoring (37th nationally; No. 2 in the BIG EAST), free throw percentage (No. 5 in the BIG EAST), and steals per game (29th nationally; third in the BIG EAST). In last week’s win at DePaul, Smith scored 17 points, making him Louisville’s 65th men’s basketball player to reach 1,000 career points.
The junior, who has led the Cardinals in scoring in 18 games this year, is a top-30 candidate for the 2013 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award. Currently, Smith has 62 steals through 29 games and he needs just five more to crack the top-10 list for most steals in a season. Should he achieve the feat, he would become just the third player in school history to appear on the list twice (Tick Rogers, 1994-95, 1995-96; Alvin Sims, 1995-96, 1996-97).
During the 2012-13 season, Smith has accumulated multiple honors. In January, he was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25. Following the win over Kentucky earlier this year, Smith was named Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP of the game and BIG EAST Player of the Week after a 21-point performance. The junior opened the year by earning a spot on the Battle 4 Atlantis all-tournament team.
The recipient of the award will be announced on April 5 in Atlanta at a 9:15 a.m. ET press conference and then formally presented their award at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.
|2013 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS|
|F||15||Anthony Bennett, UNLV||6-8||240||Fr.||Brampton, Ont.|
|G||3||Trey Burke, Michigan||6-0||190||So.||Columbus, Ohio|
|G||1||Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse||6-6||185||So.||Hamilton, Mass.|
|F||3||Doug McDermott, Creighton||6-8||225||Jr.||Ames, Iowa|
|G||23||Ben McLemore, Kansas||6-5||195||Fr.||St. Louis, Mo.|
|G||4||Victor Oladipo, Indiana||6-5||214||Jr.||Upper Marlboro, Md.|
|F||13||Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga||7-0||238||Jr.||Kamloops, B.C.|
|F||5||Mason Plumlee, Duke||6-10||235||Sr.||Warsaw, Ind.|
|F||22||Otto Porter, Georgetown||6-8||205||So.||Sikeston, Mo.|
|G||33||Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State||6-4||225||Fr.||Flower Mound, Texas|
|G||2||Russ Smith, Louisville||6-0||165||Jr.||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|F||1||Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State||6-7||215||Jr.||Fort Wayne, Ind.|
|C||5||Jeff Withey, Kansas||7-0||235||Sr.||San Diego, Calif.|
|F||40||Cody Zeller, Indiana||7-0||240||So.||Washington, Ind.|