July 21, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville guard Russ Smith with represent the United States with a 12-member basketball squad of collegiate players in an international competition in Europe this week. The team, named the East Coast All Stars, will compete against foreign players on national teams from Belarus, Estonia, and the Slovak Republic in the 2013 Four Nations Cup in Tallinn, Estonia on July 25-27.
Joining Smith on the team are Kadeem Batts (Providence), Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse), Mike Gbinije (Syracuse), Eron Harris (West Virginia), Phillip Nolan (Connecticut), Tom Knight (Notre Dame), Justin Miller (Lycoming), Michael Rudy (Lycoming), Tate Unruh (Northern Colorado), Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa) and Jabrille Williams (Binghamton).
The team is coached by Guy Rancourt, the head coach at Division III Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., has annually brought collegiate teams in international competition each summer since founding the program in 2006. Rancourt is a Queens native who played for Jack Curran at Archbishop Molloy, where Smith also played in high school.
The team completed a two-day mini-camp at Fordham University on Sunday before traveling to Estonia. Smith will be playing an exhibition game against an Estonian Club team on Tuesday, the same day his UofL teammates are being honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. The East Coast All Stars will return to the U.S. on July 28.
Smith was the leading scorer on the Cardinals' 2013 NCAA Championship team, averaging 18.7 points (35th in the nation) and 2.1 steals (36th nationally). An All-BIG EAST first team selection, Smith was honored as a third team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sporting News and NABC. He was selected as the national Player of the Year by Ken Pomeroy. He was selected as the recipient of the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men's basketball.
Smith was the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional after matching a career high with 31 points against Oregon and scoring 23 points against Duke. His 1,235 career points ranks 36th all-time at UofL. He has a steal in 77 of 96 career games.