Three years ago, you were paying attention to Russ Smith. Then a junior at Louisville, the 6-foot-0 guard averaged 22.3 points en route to Louisville's national title. Smith was named Midwest Regional Most Outstanding player right around this time in 2013.
Well, it's time to re-introduce yourself to Russ Smith, who set the D-League record for points in a game Wednesday night. The Delaware 87ers guard dropped 65 points on the Canton Charge.
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"I tried to get in the lane," Smith told The Courier-Journal. "The last game (against Canton), I think I had about 18 assists, and I didn't play the whole third quarter because of foul trouble, so the lane was going to be open. I read the scouting report. The big guys were so worried about the lob that I just floated in, and I kept getting layups.
"I just sort of did my homework, and I really circled this game on the calendar because Canton's a good team. They have some good players. They play tough. It was just a good one."
The 87ers still lost, 140-129. Smith's record surpassed Jordan McRae's 61 points, ironically set in January against Canton while McRae was an 87er.
McRae was called up by the Suns shortly after, and he signed a multi-year contract with the Cavaliers earlier this month.
In two professional seasons, Smith has played for the Pelicans and Grizzlies (he played 15 games for the Grizzlies this year). The morning of his mega-game, Smith was ranked No. 1 on the D-League Prospect Watch list. So yeah, an NBA contract could be coming soon.
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