Feb. 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Senior Andrew Smith, who has helped lead Butler to 22 wins and a "Top 25" national ranking, has been named second team on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Basketball Team. The honor squad is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The 6-11 Butler center was one of 15 Division I men's basketball players named to this year's Academic All-America squad. Aaron Craft of Ohio State was chosen Academic All-American of the Year, and he was joined on the first team by Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga, Mason Plumlee of Duke, Cody Zeller of Indiana and Matthew Sullivan of Brown. The second team included Smith, Peyton Siva of Louisville, Ben Averkamp of Loyola, Nathan Healy of Appalachian State and Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary's. Chosen third team Academic All-America were Jordan Hulls of Indiana, Mike Muscala of Bucknell, Marc Trasolini of Santa Clara, Mathias Ward of Montana and Darren White of Campbell.
Smith, a finance major from Zionsville, Ind., is the seventh Butler player to earn Academic All-America recognition and the sixth since 2007. Butler has had one or more players named to the Academic All-America Team in each of the past seven seasons, including three-time Academic All-American and 2011 Academic All-American of the Year Matt Howard.
"I'm so proud of Andrew for his commitment to excellence, on and off the court," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens of his latest Academic All-American. "He has improved as much as any player that we've had because of work ethic, intelligence and ambition. Those same traits have produced similar, high achievement in the classroom. Congratulations from our entire program to Andrew Smith."
Smith currently is the second-leading scorer (11.3) and rebounder (5.4) for the 22-5 Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 15 in both the Associated Press national poll and the USA Today/Coaches poll. He's started 26 Butler games this season and 93 of the Bulldogs' last 96 contests, including both NCAA Final Four games in 2011. Earlier this season, he became the 34th Butler player to score 1,000 career points. Smith is the only current collegiate player who has seen action in two NCAA Division I national championship games.
The Butler honor student is one of 10 national finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award, presented for notable achievement in community, classroom, character and competition. The winner of that award will be announced at the Final Four in Atlanta, Ga.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.