Russ Smith's 18.4 scoring average ranks 41st nationally.
March 25, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball player Russ Smith was one of 21 NCAA Division I players named to the Lute Olson All-America Team, it was announced late Monday evening.
A junior, Smith is averaging 18.4 points per game and ranks second on the team with 108 assists and 78 steals. Nationally, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native ranks 30th in steals per game and 41st in scoring average. In two NCAA Tournament games, he has totaled 50 points and he tied an NCAA Tournament single-game record with eight steals in a second-round win against North Carolina A&T.
Smith's other postseason honors consist of all-BIG EAST first team honors, Sporting News All-America third team accolades, and College Sports Madness All-America first team status.
The Lute Olson All-America squad does not distinguish first-, second-, and third-team or honorable mention accolades.
The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.
The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at Arizona. He led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a national championship in 1997.
The 2013 award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
|2013 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM|
|Ramon Galloway||6-3||Sr.||La Salle|
|Erick Green||6-3||Sr.||Virginia Tech|
|Otto Porter, Jr||6-8||So.||Georgetown|
|Marcus Smart||6-4||Fr.||Oklahoma State|
|Deshaun Thomas||6-7||Jr.||Ohio State|
|Nate Wolters||6-4||Sr.||South Dakota State|