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Entire Tar Heel Frontcourt Named 1st Team All-ACC

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DeShawn Painter finds himself in the company of three All-ACC selections. It probably went poorly for him; North Carolina won 74-55.
DeShawn Painter finds himself in the company of three All-ACC selections. It probably went poorly for him; North Carolina won 74-55.

The conundrum of just how many player from team people will give all-conference honors to was answered this afternoon, when Tyler Zeller, John Henson, and Harrison Barnes were all named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team. The trio were joined by Mike Scott of UVa (second in balloting) and Austin Rivers (fourth) of Duke. Zeller was the only unanimous selection, as two people – one of them Caulton Tudor – left him off their first team ballot. This is only the second time a team has had three first team All-ACC selections, the previous being Duke's 2002 squad.

Kendall Marshall was named to the second team with 151 votes, a mere two behind Barnes. He was joined by Terrell Stoglin (almost a shoe-in for first team a few weeks ago), Michael Snaer, C.J. Leslie and Erick Green. Duke put two players on the third team, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee.

John Henson was also a near-unaimous selection for the All-Defensive Team, as one member opted not to make selections for either that nor the all-freshman team. Carolina did not put anyone on the All-Freshman team, which was lead by the near-unanimous selections of Rivers and Boston College's Ryan Anderson.

The individual awards will be announced Tuesday. Henson obviously has the inside track to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year, as the nearest vote-getter for the defensive team, Bernard James, was six votes shy. The Player of the Year race is incredibly tight, and could go to either Zeller or Scott.