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Smith was honored with the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men’s basketball. He received a 2013 Academic Momentum Award, as presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and the Scholar Baller program, an honor which is based on the level of academic improvement. Smith is working at a local television station in Louisville during the fall semester for his internship for part of his Communications major requirements. He will be the first member of his family to earn a college degree when he completes it in the spring of 2014.
Smith is the team co-captain for the defending national championship Cardinals and has emerged as a true team leader. He battled through multiple injuries (broken foot, concussion, strained foot, sore knee) to play 17 games as a freshman before a strong work ethic over the summer helped him emerge as a sophomore and rank among the nation’s top 20 in steals. Smith dedicated his efforts in the 2103 Big East tournament to the memory of his high school coach who had passed away that week and was named to the all-tournament team.
Smith has made multiple hospital visits to the local children’s hospital in Louisville to brighten the day for young people. He has read to elementary school classes to emphasize the importance of reading. He is a visible member of the campus and city community, whether it is when he paints his body to support the Cards’ soccer team or when the charismatic Smith takes the time at multiple events to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Smith is a preseason All-America choice by CBS Sports, The Sporting News and the Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook. An All-BIG EAST first team selection last year, Smith was selected as a third team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sporting News and NABC, and was named to the College Sports Madness All-America first team. The top scorer on Louisville’s 2013 NCAA Championship team, he was selected as the 2013 national Player of the Year by Ken Pomeroy. He became the Cards’ 65th career 1,000-point scorer as a junior and already ranks among the career leaders in steals. Smith was the 2013 Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional and was among the overall tournament scoring leaders.