Russ Smith Stars In Overseas Debut

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While the rest of his team was in Washington D.C. meeting the leader of the free world, Russ Smith was taking his first steps towards Estonian domination.

In an exhibition game that, according to the team's Facebook page, was played in front of "225 local children" in the city of Parnu, Smith led the East Coast All Stars with 18 points as they fell to Rapla BCC, 85-77. Smith also led the Americans in assists (seriously) and steals with four and three, respectively.

Here's the final stat line from the East Coast All Stars, which might be the most random assortment of college talent ever put together.

FINAL STATS
Russ Smith - 18pts, 6reb, 4ast, 3stl
Tate Unruh - 2pts, 1ast, 1stl, 4fls
Jabrille Williams - 2pts, 4reb, 1blk
Mike Rudy - 6pts, 3reb
Eron Harris - 11pts, 4reb, 1ast
Mike Gbinije - 4pts, 4reb, 2ast, 1stl
Jarrod Uthoff - 2pts, 4reb
Justin Miller - 6pts, 8reb
Phillip Nolan - 4pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1stl, 2blk
Kadeem Batts - 12pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk
Rakeem Christmas - 4pts, 3reb, 1ast, 1blk
Tom Knight - 6pts, 3reb, 2blk

A big part of the reason Smith is playing in the Four Nations Cup is to work on his play at the point guard position, where he started on Monday.

"I feel like it's (going to be a challenge) running a team," Smith told SLAM magazine earlier this month. "It's not so much playing the one but running the team and making the right decisions the whole game. I think that's the biggest challenge."

Smith and the East Coast All Stars will face Belarus at 5:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST) in their Four Nations Cup opener on Thursday.

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