It was a long night for Cards fans watching the draft, but it finally paid off. With the 47th pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers picked Russ Smith. Before that moment could sink in, Russ was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
This puts Russ on the same team as former Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and Darius Miller. What is even more interesting is the fact that the Pelicans play the Miami Heat in an exhibition game at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday October 4. Very cool storylines with that team and the local connections. Obviously in that game, you could also have LeBron James if he stays with the Heat. And also, the Heat traded for former UConn guard Shabazz Napier. So Russ vs Shabazz in the Yum???
Press release from the American Athletic Conference.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS
Three unanimous selections highlight All-Conference First Team
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player, were among the five players chosen for the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, as voted by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made Tuesday by Commissioner Mike Aresco.
Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, UConn guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville guard Russ Smith were unanimous choices of the head coaches for the first team. They were joined on the team by Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell and SMU guard Nic Moore.
Without watching the game for a second time, I will just give my quick analysis and reaction to the Louisville-UConn game. It seems like it is always a close one when we play at UConn and this one was no different. When it looked like the Cards had pulled away, UConn made a late run, but luckily it was not enough. Louisville held on to win 76-64.
Montrezl Harrell certainly came to play. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He controlled the game in the paint for the Cards. He also had the 15-17 foot jump shot going, which adds a whole new element to his game. If he is hitting that consistently, watch out.
18/14 Louisville Cardinals (15-3, 4-1) @ UConn Huskies (14-3, 2-2)
Date: Saturday January 18, 2014
Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Site: Gampbel Pavilion (Storrs, Conn)
TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Shannon Spake)
Radio: WHAS 840 AM (Paul Rogers and Doug Ormay)
Series History: Louisville leads 8-6
Last Meeting: Louisville won 73-58 (Jan. 14, 2013 in Hartford, Conn)
Officials: Tom O’Neill, Ted Valentine, Mike Stuart