DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke senior Nolan Smith was named Associated Press First Team All-America on Monday. He is joined on the team by Jimmer Fredette (BYU), JuJuan Johnson (Purdue), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Jared Sullinger (Ohio State).
Smith, the 2011 ACC Player of the Year, earned 61 votes for his outstanding senior season in which he led Duke to an ACC Tournament title, the school's 12th 30-win season and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He is the fifth Duke player to be an All-American since 2000; two of them -- Jason Williams and J.J. Redick -- were selected twice.
"It's been a long process for me, just getting better each year and improving," Smith said. "That's something I hope to share with younger kids coming up. If you put the time in and get better and better and then by the time your senior year hits, you'll start to accomplish some of those individual goals, and that's something that I've done."
The Upper Marlboro, Md., native led the ACC in scoring (20.6 ppg.), 20-point games (21) and 30-point games (four). He also ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists and minutes played.
Fredette was nearly a unanimous decision, receiving 64 of 65 votes for the All-America team by the AP writers who also decide the weekly top 25 poll during the season. He becomes the first BYU All-America since Danny Ainge in 1981. Sullinger received the third-most votes with 58, followed by Walker and Johnson.
Smith is also a finalist for the Wooden Award, Rupp Award and Naismith Trophy. All three honors are given to the national player of the year.
Smith scored 600+ points in each of the last two seasons, becoming just the 11th player in Duke history to accomplish that feat.
Smith is one of 19 Duke players to score 700 points in a season. He ranked ninth on the single-season list with 764 points.
Smith scored in double-figures in 33 of 37 contests this season.
Smith had 92 career double-figure scoring games and scored 10 or more points in 69 of his last 75 contests.
Smith became one of the seven players (nine times) under Coach K to average over 20.0 points per game.
Smith became the eighth Duke player (11 times) to lead the ACC in scoring.
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Smith recorded the 11th 20-point, 10-assist game in Duke history against North Carolina in the ACC Championship game.