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.

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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. Gene 03/05/2007 at 7:02 PM #

    McCauley was a pleasant surprise during the start of the season and had some huge games, but didn’t keep up the same level of play. Costner is getting better and has done a better job rebounding than McCauley. Costner deserves all ACC recognition, over McCauley, based on the entire season. I’m glad Ben got honorable mention and his hard work wasn’t totally ignored. I hope this recognition serves to motivate players and builds up their confidence. We’ve had so few All-ACC players over the last decade and a-half, I’m glad we had some on this years team.

  2. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 7:05 PM #

    The all goon team:

    Visser–Wake Forest
    Georgia Tech’s first 5.
    Coaches: Hewitt, Chaney, Phelps

  3. Gene 03/05/2007 at 7:08 PM #

    Someone mentioned Josh Powell. He made an NBA roster after two years out of college. Same diff. as if he played 4 years. He’s also doing about as well as any NCSU player has done in the NBA, which isn’t saying much. He has a roster spot for the Golden State Warriors, and occassionally gets off the bench. Right now it’s only him and Ced Simmons representing NCSU in the NBA.

  4. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 7:11 PM #

    I did not realize he made an NBA roster. I don’t keep up with the NBA. Good for him! He’s a good kid (I met him at my work one night) and deserves every chance he gets. I do believe he should have stayed in school(as everyone should), things happen and it’s always good to have a degree to fall back on just in case.

  5. WolfPup35 03/05/2007 at 7:30 PM #

    Hey, here’s a good question…if it turns out to be a UVa / BC final, how many people will be in the stands? My guess is about 10.

  6. highstick 03/05/2007 at 7:42 PM #

    Gene, you need to change your “tense” in the sentence. “Has done”, obviously you’ve forgotten about Googs, Thompson, Burleson, Thurl Bailey,
    Chucky Brown, Kenny Carr, Vinnie Del Negro, Nate McMillan, Spud Webb(Even MJ applauded his slam dunk win) and many more. Obviously, you’re one of those young Tarhole fans who know “much of nothing”!

  7. BJD95 03/05/2007 at 8:29 PM #

    92heel – that’s just my gut talking. Lawson doesn’t seem like the kind of kid who is all that keen on the college experience. If he’s listening to guys whispering in his ear, he might get the idea he should go know while he still carries the “potential” tag, rather than stay and have his shortcomings confirmed. I also don’t believe there are many top PG prospects in the draft.

    Wright is a guy that I would have expected to be “one and done” – but with Oden and Durant sucking up so much oxygen, I could see him waiting a year so he’s in line to be the consensus top pick. He’s only going to get better, and he could easily be next year’s POY (conference and national).

    Hansbrough seems like a guy who really likes the college experience. I think his draft stock is likely to remain the same – and if he was looking just to maximize that, he would have gone pro last year. He could also stay and work on his jump shot range and kick-out passing – which would make him unstoppable.

  8. Gene 03/05/2007 at 8:31 PM #

    highstick, I should’ve said how “recent” NCSU players are doing in the NBA. Bailey, Del Negro, Webb and Brown entered the NBA in the 1980’s. Burleson, Carr, and Thompson entered the NBA in the 1970’s. Googs entered the NBA in the 1990’s and had a nice career, but he, like the others you’ve mentioned, is no longer in the NBA.

    After Googs, our NBA output has been Fuller, Hodge and Kevin Thompson. Fuller had the longest NBA career, which lasted 5 seasons or so, most of which was spent as a back-up. Kevin Thompson, I think was a second round pick, and lasted a season or two on someone’s bench.

    We currently have two players in the NBA. Powell and Simmons. Both are reserves, seeing limited minutes.

    Therefore, given the success / failure (depending on your point of view, I guess) of recent NCSU players in the NBA, I do not see how Powell leaving his sophomore year has hurt his NBA career.

  9. chris92heel 03/05/2007 at 8:57 PM #

    BJD, It wouldn’t surprise me if Tywon left, but I think he’ll see that a 5-11 PG isn’t in high demand in the NBA. there’s certainly some scuttlebutt that he’s out the door.

    Brandan is a top 5 pick – hard to turn that down.

    Tyler isn’t in love with the schoolwork part of school and knows his draft status wont change as long as he’s a 6-8 post player with only moderate athleticism.

    So yeah, they could all bolt.

  10. highstick 03/05/2007 at 10:19 PM #

    My point was exactly that! The post said “N C State players has done “, not recent N C State players have done” which I’ll admit isn’t too much to talk about, but coming from “you know who’s program”, it’s no wonder! I thought I knew what you were saying, but wanted to make a point for some who can’t remember before “you know who”~

    I can remember that at one time in the 80’s, maybe even early 90’s that State had more active players in the NBA than any other ACC team.

    After looking up all of the names, I couldn’t even remember a few of them playing at all. Guess that was in an era that a lot of us hate of even acknowledge.

    Trivia question, does anyone remember that not only did we beat Phi Slamma Jamma in the finals, but I think we opened up against them the next year and beat them again? With Spud at guard??

  11. Rochester 03/05/2007 at 10:42 PM #

    Josh Powell is actually getting some pretty regular playing time with the Warriors. He’s played in all but three of their games since Jan. 22, and has logged more than 10 minutes nine times so far, with three double figure scoring games. Not exactly Lebron James, but he’s really carrying the Wolfpack banner right now, unless we want to stake some claim on Damien Wilkins. Ced never plays any more. He sure could have had a lot of PT in Raleigh. Any regrets, Ced?

  12. Texpack 03/05/2007 at 10:47 PM #

    Quite frankly as the talent level he was playing against improved, McCauley was less effective. I think that defenses (coaches) also figured out that he was a big key to our offense – second only to Atsur. It will always be easier for Costner to get shots because of his range. The thing I must give Costner credit for is his rebounding. I would also say that his defense improved over the second half of the season. We will go as far as Courtney Fells can take us this weekend, as both a defensive stopper and a 3-pt shooter.

  13. zahadum 03/06/2007 at 9:04 AM #

    Unless he just totally hates school, the only reason for Hansbrough to go pro is to play in Europe. He might as well stick around and be BMOC for 2 more years, because once he leaves his glory days are over. He’s got ‘Danny Ferry’ written all over him and every NBA scout knows it.

    Let me put it this way. If I were an NBA team owner and my GM spent a first round pick on Hansbrough, I’d fire him on the spot.

  14. Rick 03/06/2007 at 10:32 AM #

    Emotions factored into some of my voting.
    I simply cannot stand GW so I could not vote for him. Besides, it can easily be argued that Greenburg did more wiht less.
    As for Thornton, he did the most with the least.

  15. chris92heel 03/06/2007 at 10:37 AM #

    “unless he just totally hates school”

    yeah, thats sort of what I’m saying.

    Tyler will never be a star in the NBA, but I think he can be a solid, 10-year pro who works hard, gets rebounds, and does all the dirty work. I think he could turn into a guy who gets 15/10 every night. He’s no less athletic than charles oakley. Actually, he’s more athletic than oakley.

  16. zahadum 03/06/2007 at 10:44 AM #

    Interesting, chris92heel. I’d not heard that angle before, could definitely shake things up conference wise for next year.

    Another big question for next year is: does Singletary stay or go? With him VA could be pretty good, without him they could be pretty ordinary.

    And if he goes, does Lawson stay or vice versa?

  17. chris92heel 03/06/2007 at 10:49 AM #

    zahadum, if lawson staying or going was based on draft position then he’d be definitely coming back, so I don’t think it really matters who else comes back.

  18. BJD95 03/06/2007 at 12:46 PM #

    Lawson would be gambling with the position he has (I would guess still Top 15). He could rocket to the very top – but if he shows significant holes in his game, he could lose all draft value. Very risky.

  19. chris92heel 03/06/2007 at 1:06 PM #

    According to most, Lawson would be a late first round pick, at best. Most project him to the top of the 2nd round.

  20. PackGirl 03/06/2007 at 2:50 PM #

    The award for most fashionable ACC coach goes to Sidney Lowe.


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