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Two Media Outlets Name Smith National Player of the Year
Sunday 03/07/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - FoxSports.com and Yahoo.com released their postseason honors on Monday with Duke senior guard Nolan Smith being named the National Player of the Year by both national media outlets.

For FoxSports.com Smith received the honor and was listed as one of their first team All-America selections. Yahoo! Sports also named Smith to their first team All-America team. Fellow senior Kyle Singler was listed among those receiving honorable mention for All-America.

This season Smith led the ACC and finished the regular season ranked 12th nationally in scoring at 21.6 points per game. He is one of 40 players in school history to score 600 points in a season and the 11th to do it twice. He is one of nine players under head coach Mike Krzyzewski to average over 20 points per game. Smith also leads the team in assists per game (5.2) and is third in rebounding (4.8). He is one of only two players in the country averaging at least 20.0 points and 5.0 assists per game.

Smith has helped Duke to a 27-4 record on the season. The Blue Devils will play the winner of the Maryland/N.C. State game on Friday at 7 p.m. in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.


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