The New Orleans Pelicans announced Friday the team has acquired the draft rights to Louisville guard Russ Smith, the 47th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the rights to guard Pierre Jackson.
Smith, who is 6 feet, 165 pounds, became the only player in Louisiville history with at least 1,800 points, 350 assists and 250 steals. Over the course of his career, he led the Cardinals to two Big East Tournament titles, the American Athletic Conference Tournament title, two NCAA Final Fours and a school-record 35 wins in 2012-13 en route to the NCAA Championship.
In his senior season, Smith was the unanimous all-AAC first team member averaged 18.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals on his way to being named a consensus All-American. He guided Louisville to the AAC Championship and garnered AAC Championship Most Outstanding Player honors by averaging 25.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals in the tournament.
As a junior, Smith helped Louisville win an NCAA Championship and earned All-Big East First Team accolades with averages of 18.7 points, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals. He averaged 22.3 points and 2.5 steals per game in the Cardinals’ six NCAA Tournament contests.
Over the course of four seasons, Smith appeared in 133 games and averaged 14.3 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals. He completed his career as the school’s all-time steals leader (256) and finished second in free throws (488).