All-ACC Voting

Mike Scott (left) and Tyler Zeller (right) have been First Team All-ACC locks since mid-January and the front-runners for ACC Player of the Year.

FIRST TEAM

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

Mike Scott, Virginia

John Henson, North Carolina

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

I struggled the most with Harrison Barnes vs. Austin Rivers for first team. Rivers has been excellent, and clearly Duke’s most impactful player. But look at these ACC-only stats blindly:

Player A: 44.6% FG, 36.0% 3-PT, 59% FT, 15.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.3 TOPG

Player B: 43.2% FG, 33.9% 3-PT, 74% FT, 17.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.8 TOPG

Player B is Barnes, and the shooting differential is negligible enough that I think averaging 2.0 more points on a team that won the ACC is good enough for first team.

No one wants to be that person who has four North Carolina players on their first team. But the Tar Heels didn’t get any on first team last year, despite winning the league. And no player should be denied just because there are “too many Tar Heels” on the first team. That’s not a good enough reason.

Like it or not, those four guys have all had great years for the Tar Heels, who did win the league. Duke had a great shot at it, and had they won you would have had to put Rivers on there, despite Barnes’ better numbers.

I can see issues with putting Marshall on first team, but he’s Carolina’s MIP (Most Important Player). Without him, they’re screwed and with him, they’re excellent. He has talent around him, yes. But he makes them go. And he finished the year averaging 9.0 points in ACC play to go with 9.3 assists and 1.3 steals, scoring just five fewer points (144) than he has assists (149).

SECOND TEAM

Terrell Stoglin, Maryland

Michael Snaer, Florida State

C.J. Leslie, NC State

Kenny Kadji, Miami

Austin Rivers, Duke

THIRD TEAM

C.J. Harris, Wake Forest

Mason Plumlee, Duke

Erick Green, Virginia Tech

Seth Curry, Duke

Lorenzo Brown, NC State

Honorable mentions: Travis McKie, Wake Forest; Andre Young, Clemson; Durand Scott, Miami.

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Austin Rivers, Duke

Nick Faust, Maryland

Ryan Anderson, Boston College

Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Honorable mentions: Trey McKinney-Jones, Miami; Shane Larkin, Miami; Alex Len, Maryland; Lonnie Jackson, Boston College

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Austin Rivers, Duke (This should be unanimous).

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Jontel Evans, Virginia

Michael Snaer, Clemson

Bernard James, Florida State

John Henson, North Carolina

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

Honorable mentions: Michael Snaer, Florida State; C.J. Leslie, NC State.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Henson, North Carolina.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Leonard Hamilton, Florida State.

*No, the Seminoles didn’t win the league. Yes, they were picked to finish in the top four. But this is Florida State’s fourth consecutive 10-win ACC season and their 12 league wins tied a school record. And he did this without a dominant scorer or ball-handler, turning them into a top 25 team after a very rough start. The Boston College loss gave me second thoughts, but when I saw the way he was able to rally his team at Virginia after the ejection of Bernard James, I was very impressed. 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyler Zeller, North Carolina.

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4 responses to “All-ACC Voting”

  1. Matt Davis says :

    your 2p and 3p shot percentages for Barnes are from 2010-2011.

    • lebrownlow says :

      Don’t have 2-point listed, but his overall FG% in ACC play only this year is 43.2% and his 3-point percentage is 33.9%. (He’s 39.6% for the year but 33.9% from 3 in league play.) Just checked UNC’s official website to be sure.

  2. Rikster2 says :

    You HAVE to have Shane Larkin on the all rookie team. He and Rivers are the only two freshmen who are key contributors to teams that are actually good. He, Rivers and Ryan Anderson should be locks.

  3. ACC says :

    Thanks for being real. Harrison Barnes is likely going to be a top 5 (likely 3) draft pick this year yet finish as Second Team All-ACC this season even though he put up very good numbers. A lot of those casting votes seem to consider way too much the possibility of having 4 players from the same team rather than strictly looking at a comparison between players. If someone believes Rivers deserves it over Barnes then thats fine, but the reason should not be because the voter already put 3 Carolina players on their first team ballot.

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