ACC Awards – SFN’s Take

An exciting, highly competitive 2006-07 ACC regular season is over. We wanted to get our thoughts on record prior to seeing the “official” media results. The following are my personal votes, and do not reflect the consensus view of SFN. I do have some data from other SFN bloggers, which I will also present.

Coach of the Year: Gary Williams, Maryland. Although I had pegged this as a Leitao/Greenburg race just a few weeks ago, it’s hard to ignore the fantastic job done by the always-sweaty GW. Coaching the kind of hard-nosed, blue collar team he likes, the Terps stormed back from a rough start to finish 10-6 (1 game out of first) and arguably the hottest team in the nation. Leitao lost my vote when his team gakked up the outright regular season crown by losing to Wake. Other SFN votes: Jeff also votes GW, Rick votes Greenburg.

Player of the Year: Jared Dudley, Boston College. Personally, this was the toughest vote of all – and there were lots of close calls in every category. Al Thornton is a very close second, and I wouldn’t object to anyone voting for Singletary or Dowdell. Maybe even Hansbrough, but I definitely think he was a half-click behind those four. Dudley carried his team, and performed well in every facet of the game. So did Thornton – but Dudley carried his team farther. Other SFN votes: Jeff also votes Dudley, Rick votes Thornton.

Rookie of the Year: Javaris Crittenden, Georgia Tech. I fully expect to be savaged in the comments, but I think Crittenden’s achievements merit the highest freshman honor. He is the best and most important player for a Yellow Jacket squad that had a great 2nd half, and has earned an NCAA berth. He was a true freshman PG in the ACC, and not only didn’t hit the wall, but actually continued to get better. Counting ACC games only, Crittenden finished 1st in assists, 3rd in steals, and 9th in scoring (one-tenth of a point behind Costner). The numbers speak for themselves, and subjective viewing makes him look even better. Go pro, young man! Costner and Wright are also extremely worthy candidates for the honor. Other SFN votes: Jeff and Rick vote Costner.

All-ACC, First Team

– J. Dudley, Boston College
– A. Thornton, Florida State
– S. Singletary, Virginia
– Z. Dowdell, Virginia Tech
– T. Hansbrough, North Carolina

No real arguments on these selections. It would be a shock and an outrage if this is not the official first team. The drop-off after these five is huge. Other SFN votes: Jeff is in complete agreement.

All-ACC, Second Team

– J.R. Reynolds, Virginia
– J. Crittenden, Georgia Tech
– D.J. Strawberry, Maryland
– T. Rice, Boston College
– B. Costner, NC State

Here is where the debates begin. Reynolds is the 2nd leading scorer in ACC play, so no real issue there. You can make a case for LOTS of changes among the others. Rice stepped up big to keep BC competitive (after the Williams suspension), Crittenden has great stats and led his team to a great second half, Strawberry is a very good all-around player (and the best for a team that’s firing on all cylinders). In the end, I chose Costner’s excellent overall numbers above Wright’s freakish athleticism and great “numbers per minute played.” Ultimately, Wright simply didn’t dominate and force Roy Williams to play him more minutes and always down the stretch. At their respective peaks, Wright was easily better – but Costner was more consistent. After POY, this was my toughest decision. Other SFN votes: Jeff agrees with Reynolds and Strawberry, but goes with Visser, McCauley, and McBob as his other three.

All-ACC, Third Team

– B. Wright, North Carolina
– J. Gordon, Virginia Tech
– J. McRoberts, Duke
– K. Visser, Wake Forest
– E. Ibekwe, Maryland

Honorable Mention: J. McClinton (Miami), T. Lawson (UNC), B. McCauley (NC State), G. Vazquez (MD), J. Mays (Clemson)

Jamon Gordon’s defensive excellence merits his selection (along with good overall offensive numbers). You might be surprised to hear that McBob only averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in ACC play (and no, he is not in the Top Ten in assists, despite all you hear about his passing skills). My friends, those are 3rd team numbers unless you are a dominant defender (he’s not). Ibekwe is a decent scorer and very good rebounder and defender. Visser kept the Deacs from possibly being a 1 or 2-win team in ACC play. McCauley, Mays, and Lawson all would have made it (probably 2nd team, too) if the votes were counted at midseason.

Criticize me and submit your own rosters in the comments section below.

About BJD95

1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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71 Responses to ACC Awards – SFN’s Take

  1. RabidWolf 03/05/2007 at 5:29 PM #

    There’s that whole “WILL” thing again. I am now attempting to will one million dollars into my checking account….damn.

  2. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 5:33 PM #

    Tyler can’t will the ball into his hands.

  3. RabidWolf 03/05/2007 at 5:36 PM #

    True, however, when he gets into trouble, what happens then?

  4. primacyone 03/05/2007 at 5:36 PM #

    Name me one person that at the beginning of the season thought it even possible to have a Costner / McCauley All ACC Debate. Very positive surprise. Who would have thoght that.

    If anything, we thought we would be talking about Grant and Astur, if there was a shot at all of pack player being on any All ACC team.

    Makes me think really good things about the future.

  5. xphoenix87 03/05/2007 at 5:37 PM #

    yeah, I was looking at season averages instead of conference averages. I’m still of the opinion that McCauley played the better season this year. He’s just a much more polished player right now.

  6. RabidWolf 03/05/2007 at 5:39 PM #

    Chris92heel, why doesn’t Lawson want to play defense?
    Seems like he’d be the perfect NBA guard, all offense, no D.
    Why else would he not start (senior day notwithstanding)?
    I’m not taking anything away from his abilities or overall skills, but it seems to me he wants it to be the Ty Lawson show.

  7. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 5:51 PM #

    Rabid, IMO, one of the biggest adjustments that frosh have to make is on the defensive end of the court, particularly in terms of the focus and intensity necessary to be a good defender in the ACC.

    He has been good at times, but he’s also struggled, particularly against experienced guards like singletary and dowdell, though its not like anyone has had much success versus those two.

    And then, of course, there are rumors that have no business on a wuffie site 🙂

  8. Mr O 03/05/2007 at 5:53 PM #

    Dudley led the ACC in MPG with 38.8 per game.

    Hansbrough wasn’t even top 11 in MPG, so if Hansbrough playes another 9+ minutes per game, then how many points and rebounds does he average???

    If Hansbrough was on any other team, then I bet he averages maybe even 24 ppg game and 12 rebs. (he is at 19.8 and 8.6 right now).
    Or at least based on his points per minute and rebounds per minute, he would be in those ranges if given 38.8 minutes per night.

    Hansbrough is a freak IMO. Interestingly enough, Al Thorton played four less minutes per game than Dudley.

    As far as Thornton not picking his team up like Dudley, BC had a 2nd team all-ACC player while FSU Thorton didn’t have much help.

  9. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 5:54 PM #

    I would have to say that McCauley is overall a more polished player than Costner. Granted, Costner has come a long long way this season, but look at the overall numbers. MCCAULEY IS A FUCKING MONSTER!! He will be the key player WHEN the ‘Pack beats Duke Thursday. Yes, I said WHEN. We match up very well with the Devils, and without Henderson, it may end up being like the game vs WFU when they lost Paul to suspension after he tried to feel up Hodge.

  10. Mr O 03/05/2007 at 5:54 PM #

    Chris: Are you talking about the rumors that say he either isn’t going or taking class seriously and that he has made it known that he is going pro?

  11. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 5:55 PM #

    Yeah, those. 🙁

  12. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 5:58 PM #

    I told all my UNX fan friends not to get too comfy with the current talent at Carowhina. I predict that they’ll lose Hansbrough, Lawson, and maybe Wright. Terry may also be gone. Then the Holes will have to once again rely on young, inexperienced talent. Williams has his work cut out for him if he loses these players.

  13. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:00 PM #

    BTW, wasn’t the only reason Lawson went to UNX the new NBA rule against straight from HS players?

  14. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 6:08 PM #

    Terry may also be gone?

    You’re all over it man.

    We might lose Wes Miller and Biscuits Burke as well.

  15. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:13 PM #


    I’m just voicing my thoughts and opinions. I meant Ginyard, it’s been a long day, sorry for the dumb ass mistake….Terry is a senior, I know.

  16. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 6:17 PM #

    Ginyard is going nowhere. Its possible, but unlikely, that we’ll lost wright, tyler, and tywon. And even if we do we won’t be young and inexperienced next year.

    btw, what is the significance of ‘UNX’?

  17. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:18 PM #

    I DO know that losing Miller means losing the most in-your-face, irritating ass defender Carolina has. That’s not tenacious defense, that’s worrysome-ass little man fuck off defense!!

  18. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:19 PM #

    Where did the “Biscuits” tag come from anyway?

  19. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 6:23 PM #

    Bojangles biscuit special when the heels hit 100 pts. Dewey hit the shot to get us to 100 2-3 times this year.

  20. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:26 PM #

    OK, I got you. Cute, very cute. In your opinion, do you think Lawson would be an idiot if he went pro at the end of the year?
    I do. IMHO, he’s far from ready for the next level, and if he fails, he can’t go back. One good example would be Josh Powell.
    The kid went from mouse to monster and then left early. Now he’s in the big, bad NBDL!!!

  21. BJD95 03/05/2007 at 6:33 PM #

    My guess is that Lawson is very likely to go pro, Wright is somewhat likely, and Hansbrough very unlikely.

    Nobody has yet made the case for Dowdell yet – but I assure you, it can be made. He’s by far the best defender among the “Big Five.”

  22. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 6:40 PM #

    BJD, arguably, you have perfectly inverted the guys and their likelihood of going pro.

  23. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:45 PM #

    Agreed, Zabian Dowdell is a great player, but he can’t handle stiff defense from a larger player. Fells did a number on him both times VT played State. As far as his defense, Fells scored 11 and 14 respectively. After Dowdell scorched Carolina, he was held to 9 against State.

  24. Dan 03/05/2007 at 6:47 PM #

    proof again that we know more about “their” team than they do.

    Looks like Roy agrees.

    Roy on Tar Heel fans:

    “You don’t know if they’re in church, in prison, if they’re dead”

    The 2nd one Roy. The 2nd one.

    Can we get a mock entry on this story.

  25. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 6:53 PM #

    It goes with the territory, Roy, it goes with the territory.

    I’m just a retail grunt/manager, and I always have somebody running up my anal cavity with advice on how to do the job I’ve been doing for the past 13 years. Deal.

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