The Wooden Award, which is given annually to the best player in college basketball, released its midseason Top 25 list, and a former two-star recruit who enjoys drinking tea at Waffle House and the musical stylings of Lil' B happened to make the cut.
Three Louisville players were named to the preseason Wooden watch list, tied for the most of any team in the country. Russ Smith was not one of those players.
He's there now.
|Anthony Bennett||6-8||Fr.||F||UNLV||Mountain West|
|Trey Burke||6-0||So.||G||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Isaiah Canaan*||6-1||Sr.||G||Murray State||Ohio Valley Conference|
|Michael Carter-Williams||6-6||So.||G||Syracuse||Big East|
|Jack Cooley||6-9||Sr.||F||Notre Dame||Big East|
|Jamaal Franklin||6-5||Jr.||G||San Diego State||Mountain West|
|Erick Green||6-3||Sr.||G||Virginia Tech||ACC|
|Pierre Jackson||5-10||Sr.||G||Baylor||Big 12|
|Sean Kilpatrick||6-4||Jr.||G/F||Cincinnati||Big East|
|C.J. McCollum||6-3||Sr.||G||Lehigh||Patriot League|
|Doug McDermott*||6-8||Jr.||F||Creighton||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Ben McLemore||6-5||Fr.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Brandon Paul||6-4||Sr.||G||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Otto Porter, Jr.||6-8||So.||F||Georgetown||Big East|
|Marcus Smart||6-4||Fr.||G||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Russ Smith||6-0||Jr.||G||Louisville||Big East|
|Deshaun Thomas||6-7||Jr.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Jeff Withey||7-0||Sr.||C||Kansas||Big 12|
|Nate Wolters||6-4||Sr.||G||South Dakota State||The Summit League|
|Cody Zeller||7-0||So.||F||Indiana||Big Ten|
I know we've been dealing with this for a couple of months now, but it still absolutely blows my mind to look at that list and see Russ' name. I don't care how this ends, it's already one of the most unbelievable stories in the history of Louisville basketball.