DURHAM, N.C. - The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) named Duke senior guard Nolan Smith to its All-America first team on Monday.
"It means a lot to me," said Smith. "It is all of the hard work that I have put in from day one I got to Duke. Finally to be accomplishing some of the goals I had set at the beginning of the year after winning a championship are coming true. It is a dream come true to be mentioned with some of the great college basketball players that are out there this year."
Since the first USBWA All-America team was released in 1957, Duke has had 30 overall selections. Smith becomes the 14th Blue Devil to receive first team recognition since 1985 when the USBWA started naming first and second teams. The last Duke players to be named to the first team were J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams in 2006. Jon Scheyer was a second team selection last year.
This season Smith has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. He was named the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP. He has scored 20 or more points in 20 games on the year.
Smith and the Blue Devils will take on Hampton at 3:10 p.m. (ET) on Friday in Charlotte in the second round game of the NCAA Tournament.