Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 12/4/12
Russ Smith made a pretty phenomenal improvement from freshman to sophomore season. Seven games into the 2012-13 season, it’s hard to argue that Russ hasn’t made an ever bigger improvement from sophomore to junior year. In seven games this year, Russ is averaging 19.9 points and 3 steals per game. His overall improvement hasn’t gone unnoticed as he is now being mentioned as a potential first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Jonathan Giovany runs DraftExpress.com, which is one of the few accurate and respectable NBA Draft websites. Giovany published his updated 2013 mock draft last night and has Russ Smith projected as 28th pick in the first round. DraftExpress.com 2013 1st Round Mock Draft First Round  1 Shabazz Muhammad  SG 19 years old; 6’6″; 223 lbs. UCLA, Freshman  2 Nerlens Noel  C 18 years old; 6’11″; 216 lbs. Kentucky, Freshman  3 Cody Zeller  C 20 years old; 7’0″; 240 lbs. Indiana, Sophomore  4 Rudy Gobert  PF/C 20 years old; 7’1″; 235 lbs. Cho
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Larry Sanders to consider NBA comeback after other interests stabilize

The NCAAB power rankings

SEC begins crying foul over Jim Harbaugh’s spring break plans at Michigan

Marc Gasol reportedly out indefinitely with broken foot

Patriots waive Montee Ball despite never officially re-signing running back

Chicago White Sox: Impact of Mat Latos signing

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clippers suspend Blake Griffin four games

St. Louis mayor says city is moving on from NFL

Report: Hawks could entertain trading core players at deadline

Arthur Blank diagnosed with prostate cancer

Browns deny coverup of Manziel showing up drunk at practice

Jimmy Butler will miss 3-4 weeks with knee strain

Miami Heat to honor Shaq by retiring his number 32

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

Bring back the Dunk Contest

Michael Jordan’s rep comments on the crying meme

10 NBA teams that could be active at the trade deadline

‘The X-Files’ takes a shot at the Philadelphia 76ers

Ranking the top 50 NFL players slated to become free agents

Jay Williams advocates for pot as painkiller for athletes

Photographer uninjured in SB collision with Corey Brown

Did Messi outbid Ronaldo for most expensive car?

Newton erotic novella ‘Dabbin’ with Cam’ released on Amazon

In Inglewood, representation by NFL may come with taxation

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker