Talk about being upstaged. Just as I was set to post my preseason All-
It's a first for the coaches, who also will name a first, second, third and defensive team after the season – they can not vote for their own players.
The preseason ballot, for coaches and media, is simpler: a five-man team, player and rookie of the year, and order of finish.
The 12 coaches’ consensus virtually mirrors my thinking, which should disturb them no end. We agree on four of the five players, plus the top player and rookie. We have the same teams among the top six and bottom six, though in slightly different orders – the only disparity of more than one place in the standings involves
So here goes.
11. Georgia Tech: Conventional wisdom says to pick the only conference team returning five starters higher. But the Yellow Jackets are 18-46 in ACC play the last four years.
And here's my preseason all-conference team:
Florida State guard Michael Snaer: The ACC's best clutch shooter last season. See Duke and Virginia Tech for references.
N.C. State forward
Virginia Tech guard Erick Green: Voted second-team all-conference last season despite playing for a team that tied for last place.
North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo: The overall numbers from his freshman season – 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game – were tame. But McAdoo not only averaged 11.8 points during the NCAA tournament but also showed keen defensive instincts.
Several others can make a strong case for inclusion:
Wake Forest's Harris and McKie are the league's top returning scorers – they averaged 16.7 and 16.1 points, respectively.
N.C. State guard Lorenzo Brown led the ACC in steals, was second to North Carolina’s
Any or all of Miami's three returning double-figure scorers – guard Durand Scott, forward Kenny Kadji and center Reggie Johnson – is capable of an All-ACC season. I like Kadji the best because he's versatile enough to score in the post and beyond the 3-point arc. Plus, he led the Hurricanes in blocked shots last season.
Player of the year: Leslie.
Rookie of the year: N.C. State guard Rodney Purvis.
Here's a link to the coaches' team and predicted order of finish.
Much more basketball news coming Wednesday from Charlotte.
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