Louisville's Russ Smith, Montrezl Harrell named AAC first-teamers

March 12, 2014 

  • NCAA TOURNAMENT

    Louisville vs. Wichita State/Kentucky winner

    When: TBA
    Where: Indianapolis
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    Records: Louisville 31-5 (15-3 AAC)

Louisville's Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell earned American Athletic Conference first-team honors on Tuesday, with Terry Rozier making the all-rookie team.

It's the second consecutive year the Cardinals have had two first-team all-conference members. Smith and Gorgui Dieng achieved the feat in 2013, when Louisville was a member of the Big East.

Smith is one of three unanimous first-team choices by the league's coaches. Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick and UConn's Shabazz Napier are the others. The AAC Player of the Year award will be announced Wednesday.

A senior, Smith was the conference's fourth-leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, while ranking third in assists with 4.8.

Harrell was one of the Cardinals' dominant players as a sophomore, averaging 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds, while leading the league in field goal percentage (.612).

Rozier averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in league play, while grabbing 27 steals in 18 games.

All-AAC teams

FIRST TEAM:

G Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati

G Shabazz Napier, UConn

F Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

G Russ Smith, Louisville

G Nic Moore, SMU

SECOND TEAM:

G Isaiah Sykes, UCF

F Justin Jackson, Cincinnati

F TaShawn Thomas, Houston

F Shaq Goodwin, Memphis

G Joe Jackson, Memphis

F Markus Kennedy, SMU

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM:

C Amida Brimah, UConn

G Terry Rozier, Louisville

F Austin Nichols, Memphis

C John Egbunu, USF

F Chris Perry, USF

Hilltoppers honored

Western Kentucky junior Chastity Gooch (Franklin-Simpson) was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while freshman Kendall Noble (Perry Central) is the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Gooch was also named a first-team all-league pick.

  WKU juniors T.J. Price and George Fant (Warren Central) were named All-Sun Belt and redshirt freshman Chris Harrison-Docks is the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

Harrison-Docks, the son of former Wildcat Chris Harrison, becomes the fourth Hilltopper to be named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, joining Derek Robinson (1998-99), Anthony Winchester (2002-03) and Courtney Lee (2004-05).

Murray going to the CIT

Murray State (18-11) has accepted a bid to the CollegeInsider.com tournament. The CIT is on the next tier of post-season tournaments below the NCAA and the NIT.

Bowling Green fires Orr

Bowling Green has decided not to renew the contract of Coach Louis Orr.

Orr finished above .500 once during his seven years at Bowling Green. The Falcons went 12-20 this season, and Orr was just 101-121 overall with the Falcons, reaching the NIT once.

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