BJD95’s ACC Honors

While we wait for Miami to put us out of our collective misery, I present you with my picks for ACC hoops honors, 2008 edition. You may recall that I did this last year. Generally speaking, the ACC was not as interesting this year. But some folks deserve recognition anyway.

Coach of the Year: Oliver Purnell, Clemson. I went back and forth on this many times. Ultimately, I let Sunday’s game between Seth Greenburg’s Hokies and Purnell’s Tigers act as tiebreaker, changed my mind, then came up with supporting evidence for my original selection. Greenburg took perhaps the least talented and least experienced roster into battle, and finished 9-7 with another ACCT Thursday off. That’s impressive. But getting his team off the mat after the excruciating loss in Chapel Hill (after so many years of futility there) was an even bigger accomplishment for Purnell. Most teams would have folded, or at least suffered a hangover. Clemson just fought harder. And when they were down 20 in the second half in College Park, they decided to dish out some heartbreak instead. Unlike Clemson after the UNC disaster, Maryland never recovered. Well done, Coach Purnell. VT also benefitted from only playing 2 games total against UNC and Duke. Frank Haith had a good year, but unlike Purnell, had a real star to lean on. I am very thankful for Duke’s late losing streak – I would have hated to vote for Coach K.

Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina. An absolute no-brainer vote. He was the best player on the best team. He was also the best player in the league by a long shot, in terms of production. Think I’m going to vomit now.

Rookie of the Year: Kyle Singler. Some will disagree, but I think this is a pretty easy vote. DeMarcus Nelson may have been more consistent, but I think Singler was Duke’s best player. Best player on second-best team, and objective numbers stack up well against Johnson (who hit the wall late) and Hickson (awful team – and the Pack wasn’t really any better when he was in the game). More vomit.

All-ACC, First Team

– T. Hansbrough, North Carolina
– T. Rice, Boston College
– S. Singletary, Virginia
– G. Vazquez, Maryland
– J. McClinton, Miami

The first three will be on everyone’s ballot. No Duke players on the first team is somewhat arguable, but I think the whole of Duke is much greater than the sum of its parts. McClinton is really Miami’s only good player, and he carried them to .500 in the league. Vazquez is just a fantastic all-around player.

All-ACC, Second Team

– K. Singler, Duke
– D. Nelson, Duke
– J. Gist, Maryland
– W. Ellington, North Carolina
– K. Rivers, Clemson

Clemson is another team that’s very good, but hard to place it’s individual players on the all-ACC list. But there was no strong candidate for the #10 slot, so I’ll put a Tiger on the list. Ellington stepped up bigtime for UNC this year, and Gist did the same for Maryland.

All-ACC, Third Team

– A. Vasallo, Virginia Tech
– D. Washington, Virginia Tech
– T. Douglas, Florida State
– J. Johnson, Wake Forest
– M. Ginyard, North Carolina

Honorable Mention: C. Hammonds (Clemson), T. Lawson (North Carolina), G. Paulus (Duke)

Every list like this should contain at least one controversial selection, and mine is Ginyard. With no #15 selection that I felt strongly about, I went with the “glue guy” who should also be the ACC Defensive POY. Ginyard kept the Holes together when Lawson was out with a high ankle sprain. He’s the kind of player that very good teams need in order to be great. On a team filled with players that we love to hate…I admit that I really like watching Ginyard play. Deron Washington is another “glue guy” and plus defender for the over-achieving Hokies. Johnson and Douglas both have solid numbers and led their teams to at least “high mediocre” seasons, and thus deserve some recognition.

Criticize me and submit your own rosters in the comments section below. Here’s the dead tree media’s picks, if interested.

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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15 Responses to BJD95’s ACC Honors

  1. kyjelly 03/11/2008 at 9:52 AM #

    sick as well but I do have to agree,the old
    Branch Rickey line to Ralph Kiner when Kiner led the league in homers for the pirates. He went for a raise and rickey sad “no way we finished last with you and we can finish last without you” Fits JJ as well I am afraid .

  2. packpigskinfan23 03/11/2008 at 9:59 AM #

    Overall I agree with most of it… but Lawson and Washington are at least 2nd Team player in my book. But then again, who you gonna drop? I dont feel like using my head enough to figure that out…

    Can Spring Break come back?! PLEASE?! For once I was completely unaware of sports(except the Hurricanes battle for the division) for an extended period of time. It was rather relaxing.

  3. wufpup76 03/11/2008 at 10:09 AM #

    I think this is a really solid list, BJD …

    If I were to argue over any picks, it would be for the sole sake of arguing … There’s nothing on this list that makes me say “NO WAY!!!”

  4. packpigskinfan23 03/11/2008 at 10:16 AM #

    They are already announcing the retirement of Hanjob’s jersey, and he has not even announced he is going pro yet!

  5. Ed89 03/11/2008 at 10:29 AM #

    Does Gavin not have the numbers to be 3rd team or Honorable Mention? I know he’s on the last place team, but if I were picking, I think I’d choose him over Hammonds, Vassalo, or Washington. Also, not that I like him that much, but if I were choosing a team of the best players, I think I’d have to put Henderson up there somewhere — at least 3rd team — but I have no real problem leaving a Dookie off the list.

  6. boonami 03/11/2008 at 10:37 AM #

    ^^can’t wait for the media love fest of Hanjob to finally end. We get it, the guy’s a great player. Still looks retarded though.

  7. Ed89 03/11/2008 at 10:39 AM #

    Oh yeah, I would still put JJ on the third team or Honorable Mention. Wasn’t he 2nd in the league in rebounds and 1st in FG%? Just my opinion, though, but he’s definitely on of the best 15 players in the ACC.

  8. Ed89 03/11/2008 at 10:46 AM #

    ^^^one, not on….of the best.

  9. BJD95 03/11/2008 at 10:49 AM #

    Hickson turned the ball over too much and didn’t make his teammates better. Grant sucked in more games than I care to count. He also failed as a team leader.

    I guess I could see an argument for Hickson and Danny Green as honorable mention.

  10. Ismael 03/11/2008 at 11:45 AM #

    i hate the ‘Holes but Danny Green comes off the bench, would start for most teams, if not every team, and hits big shots and plays his ass off on D. Vomitttt (ugh). But its the truth i think.

  11. Trout 03/11/2008 at 12:05 PM #

    I would have voted for Miami’s Frank Haith for ACC COY. Miami was picked DFL in the ACC Preseason polls, but finished 5th. VT was picked 10th and finished 4th. Miami also beat VT and played a much tougher ACC schedule than VT did.

    2007-2008 ACC Preseason Poll:
    1. North Carolina (64)
    2. Duke
    3. N.C. State
    4. Clemson
    5 . Virginia
    6. Maryland
    7 . Georgia Tech
    8. Boston College
    9. Florida State
    10. Virginia Tech
    11. Wake Forest
    12. Miami

  12. Trout 03/11/2008 at 12:12 PM #

    ^ I realize now that I’m arguing against Seth and not Purnell.

    Clemson was picked 4th and finished 3rd. Yes, Haith had a star and Clemson didnt, but shouldnt Haith get credit for developing that star? I mean, who was Jack McLinton out of high school? Now he’s ALL-ACC First Team.

  13. PackHooligan 03/11/2008 at 12:14 PM #

    Deron Washington was not an all-acc performer this year, imo. His numbers were pretty much down across the board. Vasquez should have been 1st team in the official ballot, I guess his high TO numbers got him, eventhough his A:TO ratio is higher than rice, singletary, or lawson.

  14. chris92heel 03/11/2008 at 4:46 PM #

    Tyler’s jersey being retired was announced because he has met the criteria (being named NPOY by 1 of 6 national groups/pubs)

    Can’t really argue with BJD’s list, except I dont like Vazquez that much – he’s the type of player who both wins and loses games for his team. I believe he set at least a maryland record for turnovers this season, and was challenging the ACC mark.

  15. highonlowe 03/12/2008 at 8:10 AM #

    Haith as COY, IMO. and I’ll take Ellington over Vasquez 8 days a week.

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