Louisville Men’s Basketball’s Smith Named NABC All-American

By: Kenny Klein, Media Relations
By: Kenny Klein, Media Relations

Smith, the USBWA District IV Player of the Year, is a unanimous all-AAC first team member.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Russ Smith added another major All-America honor to his collection for the 2013-14 season. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named the University of Louisville men’s basketball senior a Division I second team All-American on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Smith collected first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He also received All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, and The Bleacher Report.

Smith, the USBWA District IV Player of the Year, is a unanimous all-AAC first team member. He earned AAC Championship Most Outstanding Player accolades after averaging 25.7 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.7 steals through three games. He connected on 53.2 percent of his shots, including 53.8 percent from long-range, during that span.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is averaging 18.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.0 assists this season. During the 2013-14 season, he has become the only player in school history with at least 1,800 career points, 350 assists, and 250 steals. In the Cardinals' NCAA Tournament second-round game, Smith passed former teammate Peyton Siva as the school's all-time career steals leader with 256 thefts.

The 6-foot guard is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to rank among the top five in league-only stats in scoring (18.0 points per game), assists (4.7), steals (2.3), and 3-point percentage (.474).

Currently, Smith is one of four finalists for the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Trophy and one of 15 on the final ballot for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award ballot.


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