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Sports Illustrated Names Russ Smith First Team All-American


Sports Illustrated is the latest publication to hit Russ Smith with a first team All-American nod, an honor that all eight of the publication's college hoops writers believe he earned.


Doug McDermott*, F, Creighton. Dougie McBuckets was a lock for this spot almost as soon as he stepped on the court to begin what would be a storied senior season. On senior night, he put the exclamation point on his candidacy -- and his college career -- by scoring a career-high 45 points and surpassing 3,000 career points in the process.

Jabari Parker*, F, Duke. Parker is the only freshman on this team, and with good reason: He has been the most consistent rookies -- and one of the most consistent overall players -- in college basketball this season. Duke's offense has relied on his versatility and ability to play all five offensive positions. On his final game of the season -- and potentially as a collegian -- at Cameron Indoor Stadium last Saturday, he scored a season-high 30 points in a win over arch-rival North Carolina.

Russ Smith*, G, Louisville. Russdiculous has tamed his game this season. Although he's still scoring at a prolific pace (17.5 points per game), he has also learned how to distribute the ball better, averaging 1.9 more assists per game as a senior than he did for Louisville's national title team as a junior. The Cardinals' postseason hopes will once again rest on his shoulders.

Sean Kilpatrick*, G, Cincinnati. Kilpatrick may not have quite the offensive reputation of Dougie, but 2,092 points are not too shabby. Kilpatrick has been the heart of Cincinnati's surprising season that saw the Bearcats tie Louisville for the AAC regular season title.

Shabazz Napier, G, Connecticut. Napier has been UConn's best player by far this season. He leads the Huskies in points, rebounds and assists per game and had one of the year's most unforgettable plays, a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat now-No. 1 Florida back in December.

* indicates a consensus selection


Nick Johnson, G, Arizona
Andrew Wiggins, G, Kansas
Fred VanVleet, G, Wichita State
Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan
Cameron Bairstow, F, New Mexico

There are a few decent guards in that AAC.