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All-ACC and Awards Ballot

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Streeter Lecka

Here is my ballot for the All-ACC teams and other postseason accolades

All-ACC First Team

Player School
Marcus Paige North Carolina
T.J. Warren NC State
K.J. McDaniels Clemson
Malcom Brogdon Virginia
Jabari Parker Duke

All-ACC Second Team

Player School
Tyler Ennis Syracuse
C.J. Fair Syracuse
Joe Harris Virginia
Rodney Hood Duke
Lamar Patterson Pittsburgh

All-ACC Third Team

Player School
Olivier Hanlan Boston College
Aaron Thomas Florida State
James Michael McAdoo North Carolina
Rion Brown Miami
Talib Zanna Pittsburgh

All-Defensive Team

Player School
Marcus Paige North Carolina
C.J. Fair Syracuse
K.J. McDaniels Clemson
Joe Harris Virginia
Akil Mitchell Virginia

All-Freshman Team

Player School
Jabari Parker Duke
Tyler Ennis Syracuse
Kennedy Meeks North Carolina
London Perrantes Virginia
Devin Wilson Virginia Tech

Individual Awards

Player of the Year T.J. Warren NC State
Rookie of the Year Jabari Parker Duke
Defensive POY K.J. McDaniels Clemson
Most Improved Marcus Paige North Carolina
Sixth Man Brice Johnson North Carolina
Coach of the Year Tony Bennett Virginia

Caveats, apologies and explanations.

-T.J. Warren is the ACC Player of the Year. It really isn't a debate though I do understand some arguments could be made for other players. Warren ended the regular season with back-to-back 40 point games. The last time an ACC player went over 40 in consecutive games was 1957 when Lennie Rosenbluth and Grady Wallace(credit @jwgiglio) He had just two ACC games in which he scored less than 20 points and one in single digits. Warren did all of this with a highly suspect offense and being the focal point of opposing teams.

-All-ACC teams didn't hold a lot of mystery. Based on what my fellow media types have posted many of the names will be the same among the top 15 players just in a slightly different order.

-The All-Freshman voting was interesting because this wasn't a year that freshman really dominated outside of Tyler Ennis and Jabari Parker. London Perrantes was a key cog for Virginia's 16-2 run and Devin Wilson was outstanding on a bad Virginia Tech team. Kennedy Meeks gets the other spot not so much because he had a major impact but because the choices were pretty limited.

-All-Defensive team is very tough because it's difficult to quantify and on this team I am more than willing to accept any criticism. UVa gets two spots simply because the defense was that good. Clemson's K.J. McDaniels is obviously on the team since I also voted him defensive player of the year. I rounded it out with C.J. Fair and Marcus Paige. UNC finished the regular season 2nd in the ACC in three point FG% defense. Paige was a huge part of that.

-Jabari Parker for Rookie of the Year and Tony Bennett for Coach of the Year were obvious choices. Paige gets Most-Improved because the leap from last year to this year was simply incredible. And like the defensive team, picking a Sixth Man is just really odd. It was tough to find productive players off the bench or didn't end up starting half the games in ACC play or more. Brice Johnson came off the bench in 18 games and was key in several UNC wins.

For the record here is my criteria.

-ACC games only. The reasoning here is it provides an 18 game sample for every player that isn't identical because there is no round-robin but it also doesn't include four home games against teams ranked 250 or worse in KenPom

-Traditional and advanced stats are used with some leaning towards advanced. Why? The ACC is a slow-tempo league right now so purely looking at per game stats can be deceiving.

-Player performance is judged first then team performance is considered. Some people do this in reverse or give equal weight or even make team performance the overarching consideration which is why T.J. Warren won't be a unanimous.

-No animals were harmed in the filling out of this ballot.