Russ Smith has been named to the Big East weekly honor roll after two impressive performances last week for Louisville. In two wins, Smith averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0
steals. He also connected on 19-of-21 free throws.
Rick Pitino was very pleased with Smith’s performance against South Florida on Sunday, saying after the game that is was his best performance of the season. Russ is just 34-points away from joining Louisville’s 1,000 point club. That’ll be a very impressive accomplishment considering this is just the second season where Smith is receiving valuable minutes. He scored only 38-points as a true freshman. Below is a press release from BigEast.org.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
-OTTO PORTER, Georgetown, F, So.
Porter was the team leader in a pair of victories that put the Hoyas in a first-place tie in the BIG EAST standings. He started the week with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 63-55 win over No. 18/20 Marquette and followed that with 16 points and seven boards in a 63-55 triumph at Cincinnati. He was 7-of-7 from the foul line. For the week, Porter averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
JAQUON PARKER, Cincinnati, G, Sr.
Averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Scored 19 points in a win over Villanova.
RUSS SMITH, Louisville, G, Jr.
Averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week. Made 19-of-21 free throws.
KADEEM BATTS, Providence, F, Jr.
Averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Posted 24 points and six boards in a victory at USF.
MYLES MACK, Rutgers, G, So.
Scored a career-high 28 points in a victory at DePaul and averaged 19.0 points in a 1-1 week.
BRANDON TRICHE, Syracuse, G, Sr.
Scored a career-high 29 points in a win at Seton Hall. Averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 boards and 4.0 assists in a 1-1 week.