Coach of the Year
Jim Larranaga, Miami – almost everybody predicted NC State or Duke
would win the regular season title. Larranaga got the most out of his
roster as Miami earned a surprising 15-3 conference record, winning
the regular season outright.
All-ACC 1st Team
Shane Larkin, Miami – not even on the pre-season all-conference radar
screen, Larkin led Miami to the ACC’s best record and has the
Hurricanes in position for a high NCAA tourney seed.
Mason Plumlee, Duke – started out the season strongly, and while he
fell off that early pace, Plumlee still had the best season of any
front court player in the conference.
Erick Green, Virginia Tech – leading the NCAA in scoring by a wide
margin, Green has been the lone bright spot in a difficult season for
Joe Harris, Virginia – outstanding scorer on a Cavaliers team more
known for defense.
Richard Howell, NC State – teammates CJ Leslie and Lo Brown made the
pre-season All-ACC first team, but Howell has been a rebounding force
and the Wolfpack’s steadiest player.
Seth Curry, Duke
Lorenzo Brown, NC State
Reggie Bullock, UNC
Kenny Kadji, Miami
Michael Snaer, Florida State
James McAdoo, UNC
Dez Wells, Maryland
Quinn Cook, Duke
Durand Scott, Miami
Akil Mitchell, UVa
Player of the Year – Erick Green, Virginia Tech – while it’s highly
unusual for a POY to come from a last place team, this year it’s
warranted. If this were a Most Valuable Player award, then Shane
Larkin or Mason Plumlee would get the nod. However, Green has been the
ACC’s best player this year. Green not only leads the conference in
scoring, he leads the nation. He does it despite every game playing
against defenses designed primarily to stop him. Shooting 48% from the
floor, he’s not a haphazard gunner. Green also directs his team’s
offense, leading the Hokies with four assists per game. For good
measure, the guard also pulls down four rebounds per game. It’s a
shame the senior from Winchester, Virginia doesn’t play for a better
team, but he’s still the most deserving player for ACC POY.
Freshman of the Year – Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke – this race ended in
virtually a dead heat between Sulaimon, TJ Warren of NC State and
Olivier Hanlan of Boston College. Hanlan led all ACC freshmen in
scoring with 14.6 per game, and Warren exploded for some huge scoring
games while shooting at a rare 60%+ clip all season. Sulaimon edges
out Warren and Hanlan for the rookie honor by combining strong scoring
performances with good passing and defense.