College basketball statistical guru Ken Pomeroy has named Russ Smith the 2013 kenpom.com Player of the Year award. This is the third year of the annual award. Michigan State’s Draymond won the award in 2012 and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State was the award in 2011. Click here to read more about how the KenPom ratings are compiled.
Here is an excerpt from KenPom.com.
It is my honor to announce that Louisville’s Russ Smith is the winner of the 2013 kenpom.com Player of the Year award. Smith posted a 109 offensive rating while using a whopping 32 percent of Louisville’s while he was on the floor. He also played a key role in the Cardinals’ defense, which was rated the best in the land in adjusted defensive efficiency.
After looking at shot chart data from last offseason, it seemed like a reasonable conclusion that it would benefit Louisville if Smith shot less this season. Smith did shoot slightly less, but mainly he elevated the Cardinals by making more of his many two-point attempts, a...