Posted March 5, 2012
There has been a lot of conversation about this year's All-ACC voting, especially whether or not Kendall Marshall should have been on the first team or not. He was 2 points short of teammate Harrison Barnes who landed the final spot on the first team.
There are a few things that could have helped Marshall get that first team spot. Had North Carolina run the table in conference play there would have been more incentive to have four Tar Heel players on the first team. Secondly, I think it hurt Marshall that in 16 ACC games he scored in double figures only 5 times. Yes, I know the point guard's primary role is to run the show and distribute the ball and Marshall is a master. But 5 games in double figure scoring?
You hear the argument of the high value Kendall Marshall has to North Carolina's team. So true! But value doesn't equate to first team votes. Otherwise former NC State guard Chris Corchiani would have been a lock for first team all-conference, even though he never was a first- teamer. (He earned a pair of second team and a third team honors) Duke's Bobby Hurley?? He was first team his senior year and on the second and third team in two other years.
Take Kendall Marshall away and North Carolina isn't as good. Take Harrison Barnes away and North Carolina isn't as good. Those were two that I picked from to be the final addition to my first team. Barnes won out.
I love the way Marshall has handled it. He tweeted that he was happy for his teammates and then followed up with this tweet Monday night. "If we achieved all of our goals then what would we drive for?"
The conductor just got some more fuel to add to the engine.
Here's my All-ACC ballot.
First team: Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Austin Rivers, Mike Scott.
Second team: Kendall Marshall, Terrell Stoglin, Lorenzo Brown, Durand Scott, Michael Snaer
Third team: CJ Leslie, Seth Curry, Bernard James, Andre Young, Ryan Kelly
Player of the Year: Tyler Zeller
Coach of the Year: Mike Krzyzewski
Rookie of the Year: Austin Rivers
Defensive Player of the Year: John Henson