What the 2014 All-ACC basketball team should look like

At the conclusion of an exciting season of ACC basketball, All-ACC basketball honors are set to be awarded on Monday. Who do you think is deserving of earning the All-ACC basketball accolades? Let me know by commenting on the article. Below are players who I believe to be worthy of selection: 

All-ACC basketball first team:

TJ Warren, NC State

Warren is leading the conference in scoring with 24.2 ppg. The sophomore sensation has single-handily  won his team games and has proven to be amongst the elite throughout the NCAA.

CJ Fair, Syracuse

CJ Fair

CJ Fair

Fair, the heart of the Syracuse basketball team, averages 16.7 ppg. He is one of the most electrifying players in the conference and is a key reason for the Orange’s success.

Marcus Paige, UNC

Paige has weathered quite the amount of adversity this season. He is guiding his Tar Heels to a top seed in the ACC tournament, and is one of the only guys that went punch for punch with TJ Warren and won.

Jabari Parker, Duke

The freshman is likely going to be the top overall pick in June’s NBA draft, if he chooses to declare for the draft. He has had his down stretches but is a great all-around player. Parker leads the conference in rebounds per game at 9.0 rpg and is second in points at 18.8 ppg.

Lamar Patterson, Pitt

Patterson is the leader of the Panthers offense. He is a tremendous passer, a great defender and an even better scorer, averaging 17.2 ppg, Patterson has proven to be among the best in the ACC.

All-ACC basketball second team:

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Ennis has been nothing short of special this season for the Orange. Perhaps his season-defining highlight was when he hit a near half-court, buzzer-beating shot to defeat Pitt 58-56 on February 12. The only that kept Ennis off the first team, for me, was Patterson’s value to the Panthers versus Ennis’ value to the Orange.

KJ Mcdaniels, Clemson

Averaging 16.9 ppg and 7.0 rpg, McDaniels has led the Tigers into the conversation for a bid into the ACC tournament. McDaniels also leads the ACC in blocks at 2.83 per game, proving him to be just as valuable defensively as he is offensively.

Oliver Hanlan, Boston College

Averaging 18.2 ppg, Hanlan, a sophomore, is the only bright spot on an otherwise abysmal Eagles roster.

Eric Atkins, Notre Dame

Atkins came through for his Irish in his senior campaign. He averages 13.9 ppg and has helped to fill the void left when star Jerian Grant was dismissed from the University in December.

Devin Thomas, Wake Forest

Averaging 11.2 ppg and 7.7 ppg, Thomas has quietly had a tremendous season for the Daemon Deacons.

All-ACC basketball third team:

Talib Zanna, Pitt

Following last season, seven foot tall center Steven Adams left Pitt to pursue his NBA dreams. Zanna has filled in admirably for the Panthers. He averages 12.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg, both of which are numbers that put him towards the top for his position in the conference.

Malcolm Brogdon, UVA

Brogdon, a sophomore, averages 12.6 ppg and has led the Cavaliers to their first ever outright ACC championship.

Rodney Hood

Rodney Hood

Rodney Hood, Duke

The sophomore forward is scoring an impressive 16.3 ppg and complimenting Jabari Parker nicely. Hood has benefited from having more than favorable defensive matchups all season, and at certain times has sparked Duke come-backs.

 

Dez Wells, Miami

The junior guard has been a consistent scoring threat for the Terrapins who have been average at best.

Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech

The senior 6-11 center is averaging 11.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Miller also averages 2.53 blocks which places him second in the ACC.

All-ACC basketball defensive team:

Devin Thomas, Wake Forest

Already stated.

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Ennis leads the ACC in steals at 2.03 per game and is one of the best defenders in the country.

Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame

Sherman has proved himself strong on the defensive boards as he averages 7.6 rpg. His 6-11 frame has allowed the senior to stabilize the Irish’s interior.

Jabari Parker, Duke

Parker leads the ACC in rebounds, top-10 in blocks and is top-25 in steals.

Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech

Miller is top-5 in rebounds and second overall in blocks.

 All-ACC basketball freshman team:

Jabari Parker, Duke

Already stated.

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Already stated

Anthony Cat Barber, NC State

Barber, the former top-30 recruit, has had a successful freshman campaign for the Wolfpack. He averages 9.0 ppg and 3.6 apg. Barber will likely see in an increase in minutes and production if star TJ Warren departs the program for the NBA following the season.

Devin Wilson, Virginia Tech

Wilson averages 9.3 ppg and 4.8 apg for the Hokies.

Kennedy Meeks, UNC

The former top-60 recruit has averaged 7.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg while coming off of the bench for the Tar Heels

Most improved player:

Trevor Cooney, Syracuse

Cooney increased his points total from 3.4 ppg to 12.6, his three-point shooting percentage increased from 26.7 percent to 38.8 percent, his field goal percentage increased from 32.2 percent to 41.8 percent. Cooney went from being an end of the bench guy to a leading scorer on what was regarded as the best team in college basketball for quite some time.

Sixth man of the year:

Quinn Cook, Duke

Cook has averaged 11.6 ppg and 4.4 apg while coming off of the bench for the Blue Devils.

Coach of the year:

Tony Bennett, Virginia

In my mind, Bennett was the best coach in the ACC this year. His Cavaliers won their first outright ACC championship. Prior to the season, many predicted them to finish third or fourth at the best. Bennett has outcoached Jamie Dixon and Jim Boeheim. Virginia is 16-1 in conference play with one more game remaining.

Offensive player of the year:

TJ Warren, North Carolina State

Warren leads the ACC in scoring and is fourth in the country with 24.2 ppg. On numerous occasions he has taken over a game and willed his team to victory.

Defensive player of the year:

Jabari Parker, Duke

For all of the reason that I put Parker on the All-ACC basketball defensive team, I feel that Parker was a superior defensive player and is deserving of this title.

Overall player of the year:

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker, Duke

Parker is in my opinion the most outstanding all-around player in the ACC. Parker is devastating offensively and just as difficult defensively. Parker has recently said that he has not decided if he is going to declare for the draft after this season or not. As a college basketball enthusiast, you have to hope he comes back for at least one more year.

 

  • Mike

    I like what you said about Cooney, but Jerami Grant is by far more improved from last year. I think he deserves mention at least on your 3rd team.

  • Ryan

    Kj mcdaniels at 6’6″ leads Acc in blocks and in top 10 in rebounds and more than 1 steal per game but doesn’t make all ACC defensive team for you….joke

  • Ryan

    Oh wait. KJ won it. You didn’t even have him in your top five. Choose another profession