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UofL's Russ Smith earns some All-American honors

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Louisville Men's Basketball's Smith Earns All-America Honors from The Sporting News, Two Others

Russ Smith is a first team All-American according to three different media outlets.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For University of Louisville men's basketball's Russ Smith, the conclusion of the regular season means time to start piling awards. On Monday, the senior secured All-America first-team status from The Sporting News, while collecting first-team honors from two other publications.

Smith, who was named one of the 15 on the prestigious John R. Wooden Award ballot prior to Saturday's game, also garnered first-team accolades from NBC Sports and The Bleacher Report. He is one of just four players who were named a first-team selection by all three outlets (others: Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, Creighton's Doug McDermott, and Duke's Jabari Parker).

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native again is compiling another outstanding year. Currently, he is just the fourth Louisville player in history with at least 1,700 points, 300 assists, and 200 steals. His 1,779 career points ranks No. 8 all-time in school history, and he is 27 shy of LaBradford Smith for seventh (1,806 points, 1987-91). With 63 steals this season, moving his career total to 246, Smith is eight shy of tying former teammate Peyton Siva (254 steals) for the school record.

Smith is averaging 17.5 points on a career-best 46.8 percent shooting, including a 39.4 percent stint from beyond the arc, and 4.8 assists.

The 6-foot guard became the first preseason AP All-America selection since Pervis Ellison in 1986. Smith earned third-team honors last year from three major outlets: Associated Press, The Sporting News, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Official release from UofL sports information