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Hailing from East Williamsburg, Louisville’s Russ Smith has led his team all the way to the National Championship game in the NCAA Tournament. Russ attended St. Cecilia’s School in Greenpoint and starred for Archbishop Molloy HS in Queens. Now averaging 25 points in the 2013 tourney, he once honed his skills at the Guachos Gym in the Bronx. The Daily News did a profile of his life growing up in NY that might be worth reading if for nothing more than this:
Craziness encircles the Smiths at times. The roots of the son’s unpredictability are evident on the same DVD that displays his innocent dribbling. It is footage recorded by his father, outside his barbershop in Harlem, on Frederick Douglass Blvd. There is a woman who shows up on the screen suddenly. She is fresh off a street fight when the man she was battling confronts her on camera. She fixes her hair weave, then takes a drag on a burning cigarette before grabbing an aluminum bat. She swings it wildly at the man before he grabs it and takes a cut at her. They are then separated and he throws the bat.