Russ Smith a first-team All-American

The first two national media outlets with a postseason All-American team have honored University of Louisville senior Russ Smith. He was named a first-team All-American by both publications for his stellar season.

University of Louisville senior Russ Smith celebrated his Senior Day on Saturday with Rick Pitino calling him "one of the most special players that I have ever coached."

Now, Smith is a first-team All-American.

Smith, who was honored on Saturday as one of 15 finalists for the John Wooden National Player of the Year Award, was honored on Monday by two national publications.

He was named a first-team All-American by NBC Sports and The Sporting News. The only other All-Americans at U of L under Pitino: Reece Gaines, Francisco Garcia and Terrence Williams.

Smith averaged 17.5 points and two steals during his senior season and had three points and 13 assists on Senior Day.

Smith is now the fourth multi-year All-American in U of L history. The only other ones were Charlie Tyra, Wes Unseld and Darrell Griffith.

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