March 26, 2014
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.
2014 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6-3, 200, Junior, Guard
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Senior, Forward
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6-1, 180, Senior, Guard
Jabari Parker, Duke, 6-8, 235, Freshman, Forward
Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6-6, 205, Sophomore, Guard
2014 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, 6-8, 219, Senior
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, 6-8, 215, Senior, Forward
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, 6-4, 210, Senior, Guard
Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Senior, Guard
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Freshman, Guard
2014 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6-9, 250, Freshman, Forward
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 220, Sophomore, Guard
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State, 5-11, 194, Sophomore, Guard
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, 6-8, 215, Sophomore, Forward
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, 6-2, 176, Senior, Guard