UNC Basketball: Tar Heels awarded postseason honors

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UNC’s James Michael McAdoo (43) drives past N.C. State’s Ralston Turner (22) and Anthony “Cat” Barber (2) in the first half. (Photo credit: Ethan Hyman/News & Observer)

UNC basketball sophomore guard Marcus Paige and junior forward James Michael McAdoo have earned postseason honors as members of either All-ACC teams or All-America teams. Or both if you are the man at the helm of the Heels offense, Marcus Paige.

The Sporting News named Paige a second-team All-America on March 10th. Paige was also named first team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Paige was a top 10 player in the ACC in free throw percentage (.876), three-pointers made per game (2.4), assists (4.5), three-point percentage (.395), minutes played (35.56), steals (1.6), scoring (17.1), assist-error ratio (2.1) and field goal percentage (.440).

Paige received 69 out of possible 77 first team votes. Paige received the third highest number of votes behind two players also from the Triangle. NC State’s T.J. Warren and Duke’s Jabari Parker were the top two vote getters with 231 total points each.

Paige was also voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player for this season.

McAdoo was named to the All-ACC second team for the second consecutive season. McAdoo received two votes for the first team, which helped him gain a two-point edge over Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan for the last spot on the second team.

McAdoo leads the Tar Heels in rebounding averaging 6.6 per game and averages 14.2 points per game, which is the second most for the Tar Heels.

Sophomore forward J.P. Tokoto was named to the All-Defensive team.

Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks was named to the All-Freshman team. Meeks is second among ACC freshmen averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. Meeks also averages 7.4 points per game and leads the Tar Heels in field goal percentage, shooting .545.

North Carolina’s next game will be in Greensboro at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 14 at 2 p.m. against the winner of Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest/Notre Dame.