Laura Keeley’s 2013-14 basketball All-ACC ballot

Posted by Laura Keeley on March 9, 2014 

Jabari Parker is my pick for ACC Player of the Year


Right after Duke lost to Notre Dame, way back on Jan. 4, an N.C. State sports information director sent out a tweet mocking Jabari Parker.

"Jabari is great player. Talented. But he's not the best scorer in the country, or even the 919 area code."

And while I found the delivery unprofessional, I came to agree with that sentiment. T.J. Warren is a great scorer. His back-to-back 40-point games to close the season—something not done in the ACC since 1957—stand as a testament to that.

Still, T.J. Warren is not my pick for ACC player of the year. I went with Duke’s Jabari Parker.

I looked at a myriad of stats—points, shooting percentage, true shooting percentage, effective field goal percentage, rebounds, offensive rebound percentage, defensive rebound percentage, offensive rating, block percentage, steal percentage, assists, turnovers, usage rate, to name most of them—and talked to a few people whose opinion I trust before I made my decision. I believe Parker is more versatile and does a better job of making his teammates better. There isn’t a WAR (wins above replacement) stat for college basketball, to my knowledge, but I believe both Parker and Warren’s value in that category would be high. Ultimately, I believe Parker has had the better season and has had a more valuable impact on his team.

Look up the stats if you want. You’ll see that Warren leads the league in scoring and field goal percentage. You’ll see that Parker ranks second in scoring and first in rebounding (in conference play) and is the better passer, as well as a bevy of other facts. I made my decision. I stand by it.

ACC Player of the Year

Jabari Parker, Duke 

ACC Coach of the Year

Roy Williams, UNC

I expect Virginia’s Tony Bennett will win, and he’s certainly deserving. But so is Williams, who rescued his team from the dumpster fire of the P.J. Hairston saga and the 1-4 ACC start to earn a double-bye, win over Duke and No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Tar Heels ran off 12 straight ACC wins in a row. In my opinion, when it matters most, it’s Duke and Carolina that are playing the best out of all the ACC teams.

All-ACC 1st team

Jabari Parker, Duke

TJ Warren, N.C. State

Marcus Paige, UNC

K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

Malcolm Brogdon, UVA

I understand that the Syracuse media can’t understand how C.J. Fair isn’t on the first team. I’d suggest taking a look at both Fair and K.J. McDaniels’s profile on Ken Pomeroy’s site. Then I’d suggest reading David Teel’s piece on Malcolm Brogdon’s candidacy.

2nd team

C.J. Fair., Syracuse

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Rodney Hood, Duke

Lamar Patterson, Pitt

Daniel Miller, GT

3rd team

Olivier Hanlan, BC

Eric Atkins, Notre Dame

Akil Mitchell, UVA

James Michael McAdoo, UNC

Jerami Grant, Syracuse

There were a bunch of people in contention for that last spot on the third team. I went with Grant, because I’ve seen his dominance first hand, and it was made obvious how important he was to Syracuse when he missed time with an injury.

All-defensive team

Akil Mitchell, UVA

Justin Anderson, UVA

K.J McDaniels, Clemson

Daniel Miller, GT

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

If I could abstain from voting for this team, I would, but you have to pick people to submit your ballot.

All-Freshman team

Jabari Parker, Duke

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

London Perrantes, UVA

Devin Wilson, VTech

Kennedy Meeks, UNC

ACC Rookie of the Year

Jabari Parker, Duke

ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Akil Mitchell, UVA

ACC Most Improved Player

Marcus Paige, UNC

No guidelines were given for this first-time award, but I remember Marcus Paige getting run off the floor by Lorenzo Brown in the 2012 edition of UNC at N.C. State. Now I think he’s the best point guard in the league.

ACC sixth man of the year

Justin Anderson, UVA

Also a tough award to pick, mainly because Florida State didn’t start its two best players ( Aaron Thomas and Ian Miller) until the end of the year—but admitted the were the best the whole time. Bizarre. UNC’s Brice Johnson was the runner-up here, but I went with Anderson because of his defense and value to UVA, the best team in the ACC.

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