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CRAWFORD | Russ Smith picks up trio of first-team All-American honors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — It's been an All-American kind of day for University of Louisville guard Russ Smith.

The Cardinals' senior has been named a first-team All-American today by The Sporting News, NBC Sports and The Bleacher Report.

Smith became the first U of L player since Pervis Ellison to be a preseason Associated Press All-American before this season. He won third-team honors last season from the AP, Sporting News and National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Late last week, he also was named a finalist for the Wooden Award, which goes annually to college basketball's best player.

Smith has played in 127 games in his U of L career. He has gotten a steal in 103 of them. He's coming off a season finale against Connecticut where he had 13 assists, third-most in a game in U of L history. As a senior, he is averaging 17.5 points per game, shooting 39 percent from three-point range, and averaging 4.9 assists per contest.

A look at the first teams:

SPORTING NEWS
Nick Johnson, G, junior, Arizona
Sean Kilpatrick, G, senior, Cincinnati
Doug McDermott, F, senior, Creighton
Jabari Parker, F, freshman, Duke
Russ Smith, G, senior, Louisville

NBC
Doug McDermott, F, senior, Creighton
Sean Kilpatrick, G, senior, Cincinnati
Russ Smith, G, senior, Louisville
Jabari Parker, F, freshman, Duke
Shabazz Napier, G, senior, Connecticut

BLEACHER REPORT
Sean Kilpatrick, G, senior, Cincinnati
Doug McDermott, F, senior, Creighton
Shabazz Napier, G, senior, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, F, freshman, Duke
Russ Smith, G, senior, Louisville

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