Louisville Picked To Win AAC, Russ Smith Named Preseason Player Of The Year

Streeter Lecka

In its first and only season in the American Athletic Conference, Louisville has been tabbed to win the conference by the league's coaches.

The Cardinals received all possible nine first-place votes (coaches can't vote for their own teams) during Wednesday's media day festivities to beat out Connecticut and Memphis for the top spot in the league's preseason poll.

Here's the full poll:

2013-14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
Team (First-Place Votes)
Louisville (9) *
UConn (1)
Memphis
Cincinnati
Temple
SMU
Houston
USF
UCF
Rutgers

Just feels wrong not seeing DePaul at the bottom there. 

In addition to the team honors, Russ Smith has been tabbed as the conference's preseason Player of the Year...just like we all predicted. Russ was joined on the preseason all-conference first team by fellow veteran Chane Behanan. Montrezl Harrell was a second team honoree.

2013-14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason Player of the Year
Russ Smith, G, Sr., Louisville
Preseason Rookie of the Year
Keith Frazier, G, Fr., SMU
Preseason All-Conference Teams
First Team
Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati
Shabazz Napier, G, UConn *
Chane Behanan, F, Louisville
Russ Smith, G, Louisville *
Joe Jackson, G, Memphis *
Second Team
Isaiah Sykes, G, UCF
Ryan Boatright, G, UConn
TaShawn Thomas, F, Houston
Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
Anthony Collins, G, USF
Victor Rudd, F, USF
* unanimous selection

More from media day later on.

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