Add another prestigious honor to the resume of University of Louisville men’s basketball’s Russ Smith, as he was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American on Thursday morning.
The three teams, which each consists of five NCAA Division I student-athletes, are selected and voted on by members of the NABC, a Missouri-based organization.
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. His steal total ranks eighth all-time on the school’s single-season charts. Eight of those were collected against North Carolina A&T, tying an NCAA Tournament single-record record. Also, his 664 points in 2012-13 are fifth-most in a single-season in school history.
Earlier this year, Smith became the Cardinals’ 65th career 1,000-point scorer after tallying 17 points against DePaul on Feb. 27.
Smith’s other postseason honors consist of all-BIG EAST first team honors, Sporting News All-America third team accolades, College Sports Madness All-America first team status, and Lute Olson All-America honors.
Smith is the first Cardinal to earn NABC All-America honors since Terrence Williams was named a third-team member for the 2008-09 season.
2013 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Columbus, Ohio
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Junior, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, 6-8, 205, Sophomore, Forward, Morley, Mo.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, 214, Junior, Guard, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, 238, Junior, Forward, Kamloops, B.C., Canada
2013 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Shane Larkin, Miami, 5-11, 176, Sophomore, Guard, Orlando, Fla.
Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 185, Freshman, Guard, St. Louis, Mo.
Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6-10, 235, Senior, Forward, Warsaw, Ind.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 225, Freshman, Guard, Flower Mound, Texas
Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7-0, 240, Sophomore, Forward, Washington, Ind.
2013 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Allen Crabbe, California, 6-6, 210, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Calif.
Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Junior, Guard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, 215, Junior, Forward, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, Senior, Center, San Diego, Calif.
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4, 190, Senior, Guard, St. Cloud, Minn.