Three Tar Heels, Duke's Rivers named to All-ACC 1st Team

Posted March 5, 2012

Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes represent North Carolina, joined by Duke's Austin Rivers on this year's All-ACC First Team.

Zeller, the only unanimous selection, ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring at better than 16 points per game and is second in the conference in rebounding. Henson leads the ACC in both rebounds and blocks per game. ACC Logo 2012 men's ACC printable bracket

“We are ecstatic about this announcement,” said UNC head coach Roy Williams. “I have always felt the teams that win should get the awards, but it’s driven by great player performances and that’s what they have done ... I’m happy for them, and hopefully they will be hungrier to do even more.”

Virginia's Mike Scott was also named to the All-ACC First Team receiving 184 of 186 possible points.

Rivers was also named ACC Rookie of the Week for the league-leading ninth time this season on Monday. Rivers is the seventh freshman to make the first team and first since Tyler Hansbrough in 2006.

Duke has had a first team all-league pick in five straight years and in 15 of the last 16 seasons.

Barnes, who is third in scoring in the ACC, edged teammate Kendall Marshall by two voting points for the final spot on the first team.

Marshall, and the league's leading scorer, Maryland's Terrell Stoglin, made the second team along with NC State's CJ Leslie. Florida State's Michael Snaer and Virginia Tech's Erick Green were also named second-teamers. 2014 NCAA Moe's bracket challenge logo 2014 NCAA Upfront Bracket Challenge

Marshall averaged 9.6 assists per game and is just five away from setting the league's single-season record.

The third team consists of Duke's Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee, Wake Forest's C.J. Harris, NC State's Lorenzo Brown and Miami's Kenny Kadji.

North Carolina is the second team in league history with three first-teamers and first since Duke in 2002. It is the third time UNC has placed four players on the first two teams (1972, 1998) and 23rd time they have placed multiple players on the first team.

Barnes, Henson and Zeller were second-team All-ACC selections in 2011 and Marshall made the third team.

Henson and Snaer were joined on the all-defensive team by Florida State's Bernard James, Virginia's Jontel Evans and Clemson's Andre Young.

The all-freshman team consisted of Rivers, Boston College's Ryan Anderson, Virginia Tech's Dorian Finney-Smith, Miami's Shane Larkin and Maryland's Nick Faust.

Henson was listed on 61 ballots for the all-defensive team while Rivers and Anderson appeared on 61 ballots for the all-freshman team (One voter did not vote for any players for those two teams).

The league will announce its individual award winners - player, coach, rookie and defensive player of the year - on Tuesday.


The All-ACC teams, as announced Monday by ACC following a vote of 62 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). First-team votes were worth three points, with second-team votes worth two points and third-team votes worth one point:

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (186)
Mike Scott, Virginia (184)
John Henson, North Carolina (170)
Austin Rivers, Duke (164)
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina (153)

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (151)
Terrell Stoglin, Maryland (131)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (127)
C.J. Leslie, NC State (99)
Erick Green, Virginia Tech (70)

Seth Curry, Duke (65)
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest (57)
Lorenzo Brown, NC State (52)
Kenny Kadji, Miami (45)
Mason Plumlee, Duke (43)

Bernard James, Florida State (42); Andre Young, Clemson (35); Travis McKie, Wake Forest (26); Durand Scott, Miami (26).

John Henson, North Carolina (61)
Bernard James, Florida State (54)
Jontel Evans, Virginia (39)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (31)
Andre Young, Clemson (29)

Austin Rivers, Duke (61)
Ryan Anderson, Boston College (61)
Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech (53)
Shane Larkin, Miami (43)
Nick Faust, Maryland (41)

*One voter did not vote for the all-defensive or all-freshman teams.


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  • tim17 Mar 7, 2012

    I just saw Barnes made 3rd team AA for sporting news. He was a first team pre-season last year, a second team AA at the end of last year, now a 3rd team AA. I guess if he stays one more year he will be an honorable mention AA. That's what I call coaching up a kid.

  • jandscroom Mar 6, 2012

    CALVIN LESLIE...ACC Tournament MVP!! heard it here!!

  • cwood3 Mar 6, 2012

    Copleyann-I could not agree with you moe concerning Barnes. He has no clue what a TEAM is about. He's either on or off-big or small. And it's all about him. Barnes needs another year at UNC to learn what TEAM means in basketball.

    NC State has had a similar problem with #1 Richard Howell. When he fouls out, he burries his head in a towel instead of cheering his team on to victory. Coach Gott-this is a problem. Richard needs to understand it's not all about him!!

    Concerning Tyler Zeller, what a season!! He has really worked hard to improve his game. I thought he would be ACC player of the year. With his improvement this year, I see him as a mid-late 1st round in the NBA. He's about to become a wealthy man. By his attitude, he'll be wealthy for years to come.

  • BeastOnTheHill Mar 6, 2012

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    and only a state fan could use "want" like it was used in this sentence. LOL

  • jrt0856 Mar 6, 2012

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    Total , typical Puke fan. U want some #'s 132-101, 17 ACC tourn titles, 29 reg season titles, 6 national titles, keep dreamin I forgot 5 out 7 in Duke HS Gym.

  • jrt0856 Mar 6, 2012

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    How about Marshall over Rivers HMMM.

  • jrt0856 Mar 6, 2012

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    Regular season champ is much more difficult and deserving and we/UNC owns that go Heels.

  • copleyann Mar 6, 2012

    OMG! Kendall is so much more the consistent player than Harrison Barnes! Barnes is over-rated in my opinion. somewhat a ball-hog and just never has the intensity as Kendall or the effectiveness for the team. His name is bigger than he is--i just don't know in what universe Barnes is a "great" player. he'll have to improve a great deal to make it in the NBA. but this is my opinion.

  • 903 national champions Mar 6, 2012

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    I think K will advise him to stay because his game is not NBA ready. K won't advise him based on earning potential or how strong this draft is compared to next or any of that. His dad while publicly probably says he won't get involved will probably have more insight than anyone with all his NBA relationships. He probably already knows where he'd go in the draft because his scouts talk to other scouts and scout each others needs so they already know who would take him and where. I am sure Rivers and his dad will take all the earning potential stuff into account but the unknown is what Doc's view of Coach K is and whether he thinks Austin staying another year in school playing under K is a benefit or a detriment.

  • RadicalMagick Mar 6, 2012

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    Also think Scott deserves POY. To say that Zeller deserves it because he has accomplished so much on a team with other superstars and Scott has accomplished it on a team without other superstars goes against the exact reasoning for selecting the POY. The one that has done the most with the least is the most deserving. If Scott had a Marshall, Barnes and Henson, he would probably average over 20 points a game easily. People can't double and triple team Zeller or the rest of the team will kill them, they can and do double and triple team Scott and he still is one of the top scorers in the ACC. Both are great players, but the edge should go to Scott because of his surrounding cast.




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