30 Forgotten March Madness Stars

Russ Smith (Louisville)

Smith’s game is best described as ‘controlled chaos’. During his time at Louisville, Smith was one of the game’s fastest players. His speed with the ball was something to behold, and made him a difficult matchup for even the nation’s best defenders. Smith broke-out as an upperclassmen, averaging 18.5 PPG, 3.7 APG, and 3.3 RPG during his final two years with Louisville. He was a driving force in helping Louisville win its third national title. The following season, Smith was named a consensus All-American and a Wooden Award finalist. Following a brief stint in the G-League as well as Europe, Smith settled in China playing for the NBL where he is one of the league’s most prominent players.

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