2010 All-ACC Basketball Picks

In what we hope to make an annual tradition, we once again announce our selections the same night regular season play is complete. Yes, you will notice a distinct Terrapin flavor with respect to the major awards, but if you have watched them play down the stretch, I think you’ll understand (even if you don’t necessarily agree). Here are your honors:

Player of the Year: Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

From somewhat disappointing third team selection last year to the top dog for 2010. And despite what the TV and print analysts may say, this shouldn’t be a close vote. Admittedly, it was a close three-man race, but Scheyer and Delaney posted sub-par performances in key situations (with the Hokies paying for it dearly as a team, perhaps slipping near the bubble), while Vasquez exploded with memorable, other-worldly performances. He’s hated by many non-Terp observers, but I think he’s been good for the league, especially in a generally blah year for ACC hoops overall. Perhaps I am more sympathetic than most because he reminds me so much of a Venezuelan Julius Hodge. Man, do I ever miss that guy.

Coach of the Year: Gary Williams, Maryland

Once again, COY boiled down to a two-man race (with Coach K, who Cardiff Giant so masterfully lampooned as German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck in 2006, to DBR’s equally funny hysterics), and I ultimately made the March 3 Duke/Maryland game in College Park the deciding factor. That said, it was a brilliantly coached game by both ACC legends, and a fine microcosm of the excellent work both did this season. Still, the award goes to the King of Sweat, for leading an overall less talented team to the top of the ACC standings, and more importantly – steadily improving as the season progressed. You want to be playing your best basketball in late February and March – and Williams’ Terps are doing just that.

Rookie of the Year: Jordan Williams, Maryland

Once again, I’m going to be contrarian. I fully expect Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors to win this award in a fairly comfortable vote. He put up perfectly good numbers and showcased the athleticism that has NBA scouts drooling. I get it. But every time I saw the Bees play, I wasn’t really impressed. I don’t think he did much to lead his predictably mediocre team to loftier heights, and I honestly think he mostly coasted on his natural, God-given abilities. It was a weak year overall for ACC freshmen, which I blame for the overall mediocrity more than NBA departures. So, it was hard to find a compelling alternative to Favors. Until the last two weeks of the season, that is. Much ink has been spilled about Greivis, and he’s worthy of every drop. But don’t overlook Williams’ contributions, giving the Terps a legitimate low-post dimension that they’ve lacked for sometime (added to the stardom of Vasquez, the solid complimentary shooting of Hayes, and the gaggle of interchangeable 6’6″ guys who like shooting baseline jumpers). Williams is solid offensively, defensively, and on the glass. He may not excel in any facet yet, but he certainly stepped up in the Terps’ biggest game of the year against Duke. They don’t win that game without Williams, SFN’s 2010 ROY.

    First Team All-ACC:

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Nolan Smith, Duke
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
John Scheyer, Duke
Trevor Booker, Clemson

The first four are no-brainers, in my view. Many Blue Devil fans insist that Singler should be first team ahead of Smith, but I just don’t see it. Maybe I’m overly impressed by just how much he improved from last year. Booker is your textbook “complete player,” despite not being exceptional in any one area.

    Second Team All-ACC:

Kyle Singler, Duke
Ish Smith, Wake Forest
Sylvan Landesberg, Virginia
Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
Dorenzo Hudson, Virginia Tech

Singler would be the “sixth man” of the first team, and clearly had a much better year than the next four. Ish Smith and Aminu run very hot and cold (as do the Deacs overall), but their numbers are very strong. Landesberg may have been POY at the halfway mark, but he and his Cavs finished the back stretch in total free fall (Landesberg is even suspended for the ACCT for academic reasons). Hudson really stepped up to give the Hokies a needed secondary perimeter threat. Perhaps no player in the league improved more than Hudson.

    Third Team All-ACC:

Eric Hayes, Maryland
Tracy Smith, NC State
Jeff Allen, Virginia Tech
Chris Singleton, Florida State
Demontez Stitt, Clemson

Hayes is Maryland’s version of Dorenzo Hudson, and just narrowly misses second team honors. Tracy Smith carried the Wolfpack all season, even though he could only carry his lackluster teammates so far. Jeff Allen stepped up bigtime down the stretch, especially in the season finale (sending the Yellow Jackets to the bubble and removing all doubt about the Hokies’ bid). He is still a head case, though. Florida State is an incredibly balanced team, and Singleton is as good as anybody to represent the 10-win Seminoles on the honor roll. Stitt did just enough in a valiant second-half effort at Wake tonight to get the last slot ahead of Gani Lawal.

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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24 Responses to 2010 All-ACC Basketball Picks

  1. Wulfpack 03/07/2010 at 8:31 PM #

    No disagreement here. Hard to argue with the Terrapin flavor. I think Favors will win the ROY, though Williams is IMHO more deserving.

  2. Derek Medlin 03/07/2010 at 8:40 PM #

    Can we get an anti-coach of the year?

    Hewitt? Just maybe?

  3. BSIE80 03/07/2010 at 8:49 PM #

    Agree with most except I believe Tracy deserves at least 2nd team. He actually was more consistent than Booker and had a better year. However, I believe Singler deserves the spot ahead of Booker and Tracy.

  4. bigwolfpacker 03/07/2010 at 8:54 PM #

    you’re high if you dont think Tracy Smith is on the second team.

  5. tvp1 03/07/2010 at 8:59 PM #

    Boy, BJD, that is really tough to leave Tracy off the 2nd team. And for Ish Smith, of all people? That’s pretty tough to justify.

    If I’m putting a second Maryland game on the team, I definitely go Jordan Williams over Hayes. Hayes is often invisible.

  6. RickJ 03/07/2010 at 9:00 PM #

    No real problem except for Stitt. Seriously, a PG with a 1.2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio?

  7. 61Packer 03/07/2010 at 9:08 PM #

    I agree with most of the All-ACC picks, but someone among those 15 players would have to give up a spot on my 3 All-ACC Teams for Derrick Favors of Georgia Tech.

  8. Wolfy__79 03/07/2010 at 9:09 PM #

    personally, i truly feel that roy williams should get the coach of the year. it would have been a perfect season with two less wins against the WOLFPACK. but i certainly think his performance deserves some kind of recognition!

  9. BJD95 03/07/2010 at 9:38 PM #

    The level of competition was hot and heavy for anti-COY this year. Hewitt should win the lifetime achievement award at the very least. It amazes me that this guy is still gainfully employed. He must have very compromising pictures of some fat cat booster.

  10. StateFans 03/07/2010 at 10:14 PM #

    A couple of the comments made me feel as though some view this as an attempt to ‘predict’ the awards. Please note that is NOT BJD’s intent. These are his choices; not an attempt to predict who will ultimately make the lists.

    I could certainly understand trading Tracy Smith for Dorenzo Hudson. I would have probably made that move.

    Of course, we could be talking about Hudson as a Wolfpacker had NC State not backed away from him with another recruiting mistake that ranks up there with Chris Warren.

    Can you imagine how different the Sidney Lowe era would be with Warren & Hudson in the backcourt?

  11. theghost 03/07/2010 at 10:37 PM #

    I maintain that if Tracy Smith’s jersey was blue, the media love he would be getting would be ridiculous (not to mention the referee love that he also sorely lacked this year). The surrounding cast and tied-for-11th finish keeps him off the 1st team, understandably, but easy 2nd teamer in my book. He’s definitely one of my favorite players of the “NC State Dark Ages,” 1990-2010+. Along with Grundy and Todd Fuller.

  12. Wolfy__79 03/07/2010 at 10:44 PM #

    i wouldn’t say the twerps are playing that much better as a whole at the end of the season or the beginning. yeap, md won at home against duke. so what, that’s always a tough out. so is gary williams getting COY b/c he’s got the player of the year under his wing!? preseason, i had both duke and md top four finishers in the acc, so i’m not at all suprised with the finish! so uva competes against md saturday while duke proceeds to crush the shi# out of unc-ch? i also have to say that k has gotten a sheyer into a highly effective pg role. i also credit k for having one of the best duke teams i’ve seen in years. but to both teams, my hat is off. i think they will be good in the ncaa’s and represent the conference well. but my vote, goes to coach k!

  13. Wolfy__79 03/07/2010 at 10:48 PM #

    tracy definetly is suffering from carrying too much of the load! with painter/howell maturing, we should see a new side to tracy next season… ntm depth at guard which includes talent.. but hell yeah, he’d be getting those calls when he’s hacked down low… NC STATE players are always getting butchered in the paint.. and the tarhole media would be all up his arse! but, if it were duke blue.. he would lack spine 50% of the time. so!!!, lets see that jump shot in the senior campaign & see how good he really is!

  14. theghost 03/07/2010 at 10:54 PM #

    I’ve actually got myself thinking about this – All-Dark Ages Team – those true Pack players that made the pain a little more bearable, but who labored alone in futility, a la Dominique Wilkins with the Bob Weiss-coached Hawks.

    I’ve got Tracy, Fuller, Grundy, and Atsur… can’t really think of a fifth. Not sure if Gugs would qualify for Dark Ages status even though he stuck around for a year under Les without Rodney and Chris. I might go Bryant Feggins…

    I suppose Hodge should be a shoe-in, I never really fell in love with him because he seemed to really like that selfish Herb dribble-and-launch style and he stuck by Herb so tightly, but I guess that’s really the definition of the team, so it’s unfair for me to leave him off.


  15. AveryPage 03/08/2010 at 12:14 AM #

    good to see grundy’s name brought up.
    sure do miss that guy.

  16. wufpup76 03/08/2010 at 6:07 AM #

    Nice selections.

    Agree with the points about Jordan Williams. Favors will most likely win ROY, but I largely agree with everything said comparing the seasons of Williams and Favors.

    If POY is not Vasquez, then the blue media is at it again. I’m not saying Scheyer isn’t deserving, but I think the pick clearly is Vasquez.

    Would’ve defintely had Tracy on the second team, most likely ahead of Hudson. And to a point made earlier in the comments, Smith’s b*lls would be blown constantly by media and refs alike were his jersey blue. Alas, he wears that lonely color of red. (State red, not Maryland red 🙂 )

    Funny you had Singler on the second team – I haven’t thought of him as a first team performer all season. But he will no doubt be on there.

    Nice job with your list though.

    Go Pack

  17. coach13 03/08/2010 at 8:59 AM #

    And considering Smith drew most of the defensive attention this year with lack of outside shooting, he did well to get the numbers he did.

  18. coach13 03/08/2010 at 9:12 AM #

    HEY SFN, Where’s the love for the girls. I’m tellin you folks. If you want to start getting excited about Pack athletics anytime soon, need to start looking at the girls. Harper is going to bring MORE success QUICKER than TOB or SL. They will likely get an INVITE to the NCAA Tourney (Something we drool over but never get with the men).

    Where is the big post? We may have something to get excited about here! I am.

  19. coachkoh 03/08/2010 at 9:23 AM #

    Here ,Here for the ladies indeed. ^More sucess than SL? Way to set that bar up high.

  20. wolfpackattack89 03/08/2010 at 9:53 AM #

    yea i think t smith will land on the 2nd team as well.

  21. BJD95 03/08/2010 at 10:18 AM #

    Although Tracy Smith’s defense improved markedly this year (from horrid to almost average), he’s still pretty clearly the worst defender of the 15 players on my list. I’ll stand by third team.

    Smith and Landesberg are the only honorees from a second-division ACC team.

    K versus GW was clearly the closest vote in my mind. I don’t think you can criticize going with either one this season. Yes, GW did have the POY – but K also had 3 of the top 6 players in the league. Still, it’s splitting hairs either way. Both men coached their asses off in 2010.

  22. choppack1 03/08/2010 at 10:35 AM #

    “The level of competition was hot and heavy for anti-COY this year. Hewitt should win the lifetime achievement award at the very least. It amazes me that this guy is still gainfully employed. He must have very compromising pictures of some fat cat booster.”

    He really hasn’t moved the program forward from where Cremins had it. Like Cremin’s he’s an excellent recruiter. He’s had a run to the NCAA finals…and he’s making the tournament at about a 50% clip. (If he makes it this year, he’s made it 50% of his career, if he misses it, it’s 40 %.)

    Given the absolute trainwrecks that occur w/ regularity in the ACC when you change coaches – if you’re not UNC or Duke – it doesn’t make a lot of sense to shove someone out the door until they’ve “lost their mojo” and are no longer making the tourney at that clip.

  23. Wulfpack 03/08/2010 at 11:07 AM #

    Hewitt just doesn’t pass the eyeball test as a good coach. When I watch GT play basketball, it’s a slop fest. A bunch of athletes, but no strategy and little teamwork.

    Tracy could certainly be a second teamer, but his defense does need improving.

    I give the nod to Gary, but coach K has been awesome this year as well. He wanted it, you can just tell from his positive bursts of emotion.

  24. ruffles31 03/08/2010 at 2:11 PM #

    Well, BJD, you were close (4/5):


    Tracy Smith was 2nd team.

    No Tar holes on any team.


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