Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 1/11/13
The midseason accolades continue to roll in for Louisville junior Russ Smith. Yesterday Smith came in 5th place in ESPN’s first player of the year poll and last night he was named one of the top 25 finalists for the 2012-13 John Wooden Award. Smith wasn’t on the preseason top 50 watch list, but after 15 games he is averaging 19.3 points per game for the 3rd ranked team in the country and is a serious candidate for national player of the year. Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng were all named to the preseason top 50 watch list, but didn’t make the midseason top 25. Midseason Top 25 Wooden Award Candidates Anthony Bennett, UNLV, freshman forward Laurence Bowers, Missouri, senior forward Trey Burke, Michigan, junior guard Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, senior guard Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, sophomore-guard Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, senior center Seth Curry, Duke, senior guard Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, junior guard Erick Green, Virginia Tech, senior guard Elias H...
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