Louisville Men’s Basketball to Retire Russ Smith’s No. 2 Jersey

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “Russdiculous” is officially heading to the rafters.

Former guard Russ Smith, one of the best players in the history of Louisville’s men’s basketball program, will have his No. 2 jersey permanently retired, the Cardinals officially announced Monday. He will be retired at halftime of Louisville’s next home game against Notre Dame on Jan. 22.

“Thank you to all of my teammates, coaches, fans and friends during my time at school and for making it the best college experience ever,” Smith tweeted last month, jumping the gun on the ad. “I’ve also made lifelong relationships here and am forever grateful. Thank you UofL”

Smith will be the fifth player in Louisville history to have his jersey number retired. He joins No. 8 Charlie Tyra, No. 31 Wes Unseld, No. 35 Darrell Griffith and No. 42 Pervis Ellison.

Known for his wild and reckless style of play, the 6-foot-0 shooter is Louisville’s fifth-leading all-time scorer with 1,908 points, and is the Cardinals’ career leader in steals with 257. He’s also second in career free throws made with 488, and is tied for ninth in career three-pointers with 180.

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The Brooklyn, NY native helped lead the Cardinals to the 2013 national championship – their third in school history – averaging 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2. 1 steals as a junior that year. His 2013-14 senior season was his best in a Louisville uniform, with 18.2 points, 4.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, and was named a consensus First Team All- American for his efforts.

(Photo by Russ Smith via USA TODAY)

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