Russ Smith Named 1st Team All-American By CBS Sports

Posted on Sep 27 2013 - 8:47am by Brent Lepping

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After seeing Louisville combo guard Russ Smith get shafted by both The Sporting News and USA Today in recent weeks, it’s nice to see the fine folks at CBS Sports have come to their senses. Last night they released their annual preseason All-American teams and Smith was tabbed a first-teamer along with Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. Smith, who averaged 18.3 point and 3 assists per game en route to leading the Cards to a National Championship, decided to forgo the NBA draft in favor of returning for what should be a special senior season.

I still think it’s going to be interesting to see how Rick Pitino uses Smith this year, given the fact that the Cards have a loaded backcourt and his future at the next level is clearly as a point guard, not his preferred shooting guard spot. With Juco sensation Chris Jones coming in and combo freshman Terry Rozier also in the fold, Smith will be needed more at the 2-spot, but somehow the team will have to find a way to get him minutes at the point in order to improve his draft stock. Regardless, Russ is probably gonna do Russ things this year, which means we’re all in for a hell of a ride.

CBSSports.com All-American Team
First Team

G | 6-4 | SOPH | Oklahoma State

Smart’s return to OSU for his sophomore season was a big surprise considering he was projected as a consensus top-five pick in last June’s NBA Draft. The Texas native is a leader and terrific talent who could lead the Cowboys to a Big 12 title.

G | 6-0 | SR | Louisville

Smith nearly turned pro after helping the Cardinals win last season’s national title. But where would he have gone? The sometimes erratic scorer would’ve probably ended up as a second-round pick. So he wisely decided to return to Louisville, stack honors and take a shot at winning back-to-back championships.

Andrew Wiggins
G-F | 6-8 | FR | Kansas

Wiggins became the consensus top prospect in the Class of 2013 after reclassifying. He possesses a unique combination of skill and athleticism, which is why the Canadian is projected to go first in next June’s NBA Draft – but not until after he leads the Jayhawks to at least a share of the Big 12 title for the 10th straight year.

F | 6-8 | SR | Creighton

McDermott is a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year who should have no problem adjusting to the stiffer combination that the Big East will present. He’s too skilled for bigs to cover and too big for guards to cover, and his ability to shoot from the perimeter makes him nearly impossible to guard at the college level.

Julius Randle
F | 6-9 | FR | Kentucky

Randle projects as the best player on what projects as the nation’s best team. He’s big, strong and super-aggressive — a matchup nightmare in the frontcourt who just might lead Kentucky in points and rebounds while leading the Wildcats to a second national title in three years.

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