Originally written February 27, 2013 on StraitPinkie.com:
If you would have told any Louisville fan 2 years ago that Russ Smith would be a Naismith Award candidate in his career, they would have looked at you like you had 2 heads.  But the once far fetched thought has become a reality. Not only has Russ stolen the heart of many Louisville fans, he has become a household name all around the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Smith is averaging a team high 18.4 points while driving one of the best defensive backcourts in all of college basketball.  I don’t think that Smith will actually win the Naismith award, but to even get onto the list of 30 players is quite the accomplishment inside of itself. Congratulations to Russ Smith and his family on such a big accomplishment in what we all hope to be a long and prosperous career playing the game of basketball. Here is a list of all 30 players that were named finalist :
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