Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 5/1/13
Now that the NBA Draft deadline has passed, we now know which college players will return to school for another year. ESPN.com published their early preseason All American teams for 2013-14. Russ Smith was named to the first time while Chane Behanan received third team honors. Russ Smith, Louisville: Actually, “duh” will be a running theme for the early portions of this list. Like Smart, Smith was just too obvious to even consider for longer than, like, half a second. (It might not even have been that long.) He was the leading scorer on the defending national champions! Of course he’s going to be a preseason All-American. Duh. Thing is, I’m not sure the wider public really realizes just how good Smith was last season. Indeed, I remain convinced that Smith’s struggles in the Final Four and his very visible Russdiciulous fugue state in Louisville’s five-overtime loss to Notre Dame in February — as well as how much of his value came on the defensive end — essentially turned a significant portion
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