Louisville senior guard Russ Smith has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s District IV Player of the Year.
District IV consists of six states – Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. More than 900 writers among the USBWA voted.
Smith is averaging 17.5 points and shooting a career-best 46 % shooting. He is shooting 39% from behind the three-point line. Smith’s 4.8 assists per game is a career best. He is just the fourth Louisville player in history with at least 1,700 points, 300 assists, and 200 steals.
As Louisville enters the post-season, Smith is just 27-points away from jumping ahead of Labradford Smith for seventh all time in scoring. He is just nine steals away from breaking Peyton Siva’s school record.
This is one of many honors for Smith since the regular season ended. On Monday he was named a first team All American by NBC Sports and the Sporting News. Smith was also named to the American Athletic Conference First Team on Tuesday.
The 2014 Player of the Year Award will be announced tomorrow afternoon prior to the start of the conference tournament. It appears that Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick is the front-runner but it wouldn’t be considered a surprise if Smith was to win the award. Especially since he played so well to closet he season.