Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 4/1/13
Russ Smith was a two star recruit out of high school.  Just take a moment to think about how absurd that is.  I remember Russ as a freshman and thinking to myself “That dude’s shot selection will be the death of me.”  Now his shot selection and timely “russdiculous” actions have Louisville two wins away from a national championship. Not only has he became an outstanding basketball player but he has solidified himself as a fan favorite.  Some people had a hard time saying goodbye to Dieng and Siva during senior night.  But let me tell you something…when Russ Smith takes off that Louisville jersey for the last time it will be extremely emotional for not just me, but everyone who has ever had the blessing of watching him play basketball in a Cardinal uniform. If Smith keeps up his current play, this weekend could be the last we see of him.  There have been rumors flying around that Russ Smith has sneaked up into the conversation as a first round draft pick.  And his performance so far in the tournament backs that claim up completely.  In fact, if the voting were to take place today I would be surprised if Russ Smith wasn’t on the first team list.  Up to this point Russ is averaging 26 points per game throughout the tournament.  Which amounts to him scoring a total of 104 points…just 8 points shy of Darrell Griffith’s school record for points in a NCAA tournament. The last Cardinal to be named to the AP All-American list was Terrence Williams back in 2009 when he was placed on the third team. Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng got some votes but not enough to place them on a team.  Peyton Siva even got 1 first team vote. Heres a list of the 3 Teams: 1st TEAM Trey Burke, Michigan Doug McDermott, Creighton Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga 2nd TEAM Mason Plumlee, Duke Cody Zeller, Indiana Shane Larkin, Miami Ben McLemore, Kansas Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 3rd TEAM Jeff Withey, Kansas Erick Green, Virginia Tech Nate Wolters, South Dakota State DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State Russ Smith, Louisville
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