Top picks for ACC basketball

STAFF WRITEROctober 19, 2011 

Four Tar Heels have legitimate cases for preseason first-team All-ACC votes when the media convenes in Charlotte today for Operation Basketball: senior Tyler Zeller and sophomore Harrison Barnes are the league's top returning scorers; sophomore John Henson is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year; and sophomore Kendall Marshall led the league in assists last season, making all of his teammates better in the process.

The question is, who will make it?

The ACC doesn't keep long-time records of preseason voting, so it doesn't know if four players from one school have ever made the preseason first team. Miami's Malcolm Grant, Maryland's Terrell Stoglin and Duke freshman Austin Rivers should contend for first-team recognition. Plus, the Tar Heels quartet likely will divide the ballot box - similar to what happened at the end of last season, when all of them earned first-team votes, but not enough to actually make the first team.

The only thing fairly certain today: North Carolina, a Final Four favorite, will be the preseason pick to win the top-heavy league, no matter how many of its players make the first-team.

Picks from our reporters

Ken Tysiac's ballot

Order of finish

1. North Carolina

2. Duke

3. Florida State

4. Virginia Tech

5. Miami

6. Clemson

7. Virginia

8. N.C. State

9. Maryland

10. Georgia Tech

11. Wake Forest

12. Boston College

All-ACC TEAM

Harrison Barnes, UNC

Tyler Zeller, UNC

Malcolm Grant, Miami

Austin Rivers, Duke

Terrell Stoglin, Maryland

Player of the Year

Harrison Barnes

Rookie of the Year

Austin Rivers

Robbi Pickeral's ballot

ORDER OF FINISH

1. North Carolina

2. Duke

3. Florida State

4. Virginia

5. Virginia Tech

6. Miami

7. Clemson

8. N.C. State

9. Maryland

10. Georgia Tech

11. Boston College

12. Wake Forest

First-team all-ACC

Harrison Barnes, UNC

Tyler Zeller, UNC

John Henson, UNC

Malcolm Grant, Miami

Austin Rivers, Duke

Player of the Year

Harrison Barnes

Rookie of the Year

Austin Rivers

J.P. Giglio's ballot

Order of finish

1. North Carolina

2. Duke

3. Florida State

4. Virginia

5. Miami

6. Clemson

7. N.C. State

8. Virginia Tech

9. Maryland

10. Georgia Tech

11. Boston College

12. Wake Forest

All-ACC team

Harrison Barnes, UNC

John Henson, UNC

Kendall Marshall, UNC

Terrell Stoglin, Maryland

Mike Scott, Virginia

ACC Player of the Year

Harrison Barnes

ACC Rookie of the Year

Austin Rivers

Scott Fowler's ballot

Order of finish

1. North Carolina

2. Duke

3. Florida State

4. Miami

5. Clemson

6. Virginia

7. Virginia Tech

8. N.C. State

9. Maryland

10. Wake Forest

11. Boston College

12. Georgia Tech

All-ACC team

Harrison Barnes, UNC

John Henson, UNC

Tyler Zeller, UNC

Austin Rivers, Duke

Seth Curry, Duke

ACC Player of the Year

Harrison Barnes

ACC Rookie of the Year

Austin Rivers

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