U of L's Dieng, Smith voted All-Big East first team, Siva third-team choice
Via University of Louisville release:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
of Louisville men's basketball student-athletes Gorgui Dieng, Russ Smith
and Peyton Siva each earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors, the
announced Sunday morning in a vote by the league's head coaches.
and Smith earned first-team honors, marking the first time in school
history that Louisville had two first-team picks. Siva, the league's
player of the year, was named a third-team selection. Overall, it is
the first time the Cardinals -- excluding the all-rookie team -- have
combined to place three among the all-league first, second, and third
a junior, averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in all games. In BIG
EAST play, he was the league rebounding champion with a 10.8 average and
was second in blocked shots with a 2.8 average. Overall, he had 63
blocks in just 24 games, while also collecting 34 steals and shooting 52
percent from the field. On a national scale, as of March 7, he ranks
17th in rebounds per game and 24th in blocked
shots per game.
6-foot junior, Smith is second in the BIG EAST in overall scoring,
averaging 17.9 points. He was third in steals, averaging two per game.
he ranks 34th in steals per game and 35th in points per game. Earlier
this season, he became Louisville's 65th player in school history to
reach the 1,000-career point plateau. In terms of honors, Smith was
named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 and, in
late February, was selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013
Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award.
who was an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2011,
concluded the regular season by averaging 9.9 points and 5.9 assists.
He also had
62 steals in that span. Siva averaged 8.4 points and had 106 assists
and 33 steals in 18 league games. Nationally, the senior ranks 22nd in
assists per game and 46th in steals per game.
Terrence Williams was the Cardinals' most recent all-BIG EAST first-team pick, earning the award in 2009.
BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from the All-BIG EAST First Team.
The conference will announce Player of the Year, BIG EAST Coach of the
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST
Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, March 12. The announcement will
be made on the first day of The BIG EAST Championship Presented by
American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden.
The other league individual awards will be announced Monday, March 11.
which captured a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title, earned the
No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Cardinals will face the
winner of St. John's-Villanova on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. ET on