Laura Keeley's 2013-14 preseason all-ACC ballot

Posted by Laura Keeley on October 16, 2013 

— It’s Operation Basketball, the ACC’s annual media day. Part of the festivities (and by festivities, I mean hours of interviews with players and coaches) include predicting the ACC standings, all-ACC first team and the player and rookie of the year.

Here’s what I submitted:

Order of finish

1. Duke

2. Syracuse

3. Notre Dame

4. Virginia

5. North Carolina

6. Pittsburgh

7. Boston College

8. Maryland

9. Georgia Tech

10. N.C. State

11. Wake Forest

12. Florida State

13. Miami

14. Clemson

15. Virginia Tech

No major surprises here. I’d guess the ACC is a seven or eight bid league this year.

The official ACC results shook out a little differently. Duke collected 50 of 54 first place votes, followed by Syracuse (3), North Carolina (1), Virginia, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Boston College, Florida State, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Just one team differed by more than two spots on my ballot compared to the composite, and that would be Florida State. I don’t see much reason for optimism in Tallahassee this year.

All-ACC

C.J. Fair, Syracuse

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame

P.J. Hairston, North Carolina

Joe Harris, Virginia

Rodney Hood, Duke

Official vote: Fair, Harris, Hood, Grant and Jabari Parker. Don’t get confused, people, Hairston is still a good player, legal snafus and all.

Rookie of the year

Jabari Parker, Duke

Just one dissenter on this vote: esteemed colleague Joe Giglio, who picked incoming Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis. I do worry come March that he’ll be able to run around and tell us all, ‘I told you so.’ Ennis will play 35-plus minutes a game, and he’ll lead what promises to be a strong Orange squad.

But if Parker is at least 75 percent as good as people think he is, it’s hard to see him not winning.

Player of the year

Joe Harris, Virginia

As Erick Green’s POY win showed last year, winning this award is primarily about putting up numbers. I think Harris is in a position to be the primary scorer for the Cavaliers, who should be much improved. It’s hard to say at this point who will put up big numbers for Duke (Parker and Hood could split them, at the very least, or a guy like Amile Jefferson, third priority for opposing defenses, could go to town and post north of 15 points per game).

C.J. Fair was the official pick, as he edged out Harris by one vote (17 for Fair, 16 for Harris). Hood collected seven votes, Parker 5 (spliting the votes already!) and Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, received three votes.

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