Two Cards, including Russ Smith, and two Kentucky players are ranked in the Top 15 guys in the nation by The Sporting News
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – As I always say, the ball never stops bouncing. On Thursday, I bounced into my favorite newsstand and found the first 2014 college basketball magazine from The Sporting News.
There are many interesting goodies to share:
*Kentucky is Number One, Louisville ranked third and Indiana 25th.
*Russ Smith is not a first-team all-American. At least not with The Sporting News. Smith, the U of L senior, is on the second team. He got bumped by a couple of freshmen – Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Jabari Parker (Duke).
The other three spots are filled by Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, Mitch McGary of Michigan and Doug McDermott of Creighton.
*Smith is not the only local player on the second-team. The other guy is Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.
*Two more locals made the third team: Kentucky freshman Andrew Harrison. Not a surprise. Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell. Big surprise.
*Louisville is the pick to win the American Conference, ahead of Memphis (second) and UConn (third). Smith, Harrell and Chane Behanan are ranked in the Top 10 players in the league. Chris Jones and Terry Rozier are ranked in the Top 10 newcomers.
*Kentucky is the pick to win the Southeastern Conference, finishing ahead of Florida and Tennessee. Randle, Harrison and Alex Poythress are ranked in the Top 10 players while Randle, Harrison, his twin brother, Aaron, Dakari Johnson, James Young and Marcus Lee give UK six of the Top 10 newcomers.
*Indiana is picked sixth in the Big Ten, behind Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa. No Hoosiers were ranked in the Top 10 players in the league. Three of Tom Crean's players – Noah Vonleh, Luke Fischer and Troy Williams – were ranked in the Top 10 newcomers.
*Western Kentucky is the pick to win the Sun Belt Conference. George Fant and T.J. Price were named to the five-player all-league team.