Duke men’s basketball player Mason Plumlee was named to the All-ACC team. The nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green of Virginia Tech, was named the ACC Player of the Year (I’m sure there is a ton of debate going on about that choice). Only Green and Len Bias have ever won the POY award on a losing team. He has scored in double figures in 34 straight games and is looking to become the first player in the ACC since the 1956-57 season to lead the nation in scoring when the season came to an end.
Joining them on the first team are Miami’s Shane Larkin, Florida State’s Michael Snaer, and Virginia’s Joe Harris. Many thought that the POY would come down to Larkin and Harris. I guess those analysts were wrong.
Green finished with 38 of the 76 votes, ahead of second place finisher Larkin (23 votes). Mason finished in third place with 12 votes.
Seth Curry was named to the second team and Quinn Cook were named to the third team. Ryan Kelly was named an honorable mention. For a complete list of teams, click HERE.
Durand Scott of Miami was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year (with 23 votes). His teammate Larkin came in a close second with 21 votes. Scott’s 1.3 steals per game is third in the conference. Mason did receive six votes.
Boston College’s Oliver Hanlan was named the ACC’s Freshman of the Year. He received 43 of the 77 votes. He finished the regular season averaging 14.6 points per game and 15.7 PPG in conference games. Rasheed Sulaimon finished a distant second with 15 votes, but was named to the All-Freshman Team.
The ACC men’s basketball tournament kicks off on Thursday.