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Jeff Gravley

My All-ACC team

Posted March 7, 2011

I'm usually a diligent voter on the All-ACC football and basketball teams but I didn't receive a ballot this year. By the time I realized it, the clock had expired. So I am not one of the 75 voters for the ACC awards but here's how my ballot would have looked. 

I only looked at conference game stats, not all-game stats to help determine my teams.

Nolan Smith and Jordan Williams were the first two names I wrote down for the first team...no brainers. I feel strongly that the regular season champion should be represented and my choice from UNC was Tyler Zeller. Virginia Tech's back court was shaken with the December foot injury to guard Dorenzo Hudson. Malcolm Delaney continued to shine and earns a first-team vote from me. My final first teamer is Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert who appeared in several statistical categories. He was second in the league in scoring, first in steals, tenth in assists and 15th in rebounding.  

My second team was lead by Kyle Singler. He was missing in several ACC contests and that knocked him to my second team. Harrison Barnes and John Henson were also on my second team along with Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen and Boston College's Reggie Jackson, who made the official first team. 

Chris Singleton would have been a second teamer by his injury landed him on my third team. Demontez Stitt, Joe Tripani and Derwin Kitchen are also my out of state players on the third team. Once Carolina inserted Kendall Marshall into the starting point guard role, the Tar Heels became a different team. He's also on my third team after leading the ACC with 6.8 assists per game.

My player of the year is Nolan Smith, coach of the year is Roy Williams and my rookie of the year is Harrison Barnes.  

 

 

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  • Gunnstigator Mar 10, 2:45 p.m.

    Great choices. The only one I disagree with is Kendall Marshall. I would have had him on the second team. For some reason, Marshall is not being recognized for his stellar play; the only reason I can think of is that he got the starting job mid-way through the season. Still, Marshall's play has totally turned the Carolina team around.

  • Tackman792000 Mar 9, 8:01 a.m.

    Nice selections, Jeff. Although I am a Duke fan, I don't think Kyle Singler deserved a first team selection. He slipped after mid season. Tyler Zeller, although he started slow, was more consistant as the season progressed and he was deservingly fit for a first team bid. Had Kendall Marshall played all season, he would have been a first team selection. He did an outstanding job running the team. Coach Williams deserved his honor, no question!

  • mlhill22 Mar 8, 4:40 p.m.

    I agree Jeff. There is no possible explanation for Singler to be on the first team. The credibility of this voting group is suspect at best!!

  • Sauras69 Mar 8, 2:06 p.m.

    Good job Jeff. I had Singler on the second team as well. I do think that UNC should have had one on the 1st team.

  • Ken D. Mar 8, 1:36 p.m.

    "I feel strongly that the regular season champion should be represented and my choice from UNC was Tyler Zeller."

    Most voters appear to have agreed with you that UNC should have a first-teamer. They just didn't agree which player that should be.

  • yurnodiffrent Mar 8, 1:01 p.m.

    This I could live with. The official team with Singler on the first team is showing the Duke... View More

    — Posted by claytontarheel

    a Duke media bias.......now that is funny

    — Posted by bpayne812-take two

    I KNOW! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!! The media ever favoring Duke . . . What a laugh riot. You guys are such the Rodney Dangerfield.

  • bpayne812-take two Mar 8, 11:57 a.m.

    This I could live with. The official team with Singler on the first team is showing the Duke... View More

    — Posted by claytontarheel

    a Duke media bias.......now that is funny

  • cutclifferules Mar 8, 11:46 a.m.

    This makes much more sense. I love Kyle but he has faded toward the end. And Carolina certainly should have SOMEONE. You could make the case for 3 or 4 of their players. Zeller is a fine choice.

  • claytontarheel Mar 8, 9:14 a.m.

    This I could live with. The official team with Singler on the first team is showing the Duke media bias without proper consideration for how they actually played in ACC games.

    Singler has been a great player for Duke but his year was not deserving.

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