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All-ACC Team: Two Locals, No Surprises

We MSM low-lifes almost got it right this season! The All-ACC teams were just announced, and four of the five first-team selections are identical to the preseason team. The teams are, with first-team votes in parentheses and total votes next to that ...

First team
*Jared Dudley, Boston College (106), 318
*Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (106), 318
*Al Thornton, Florida State (106), 318
Sean Singletary, Virginia (100), 312
Zabian Dowdell, Virginia Tech (90), 302

Second team
J.R. Reynolds, Virginia (20), 232
D.J. Strawberry, Maryland (2), 180
Tyrese Rice, Boston College, 177
Josh McRoberts, Duke, 159
Brandan Wright, North Carolina, 150

Third team
Kyle Visser, Wake Forest, 120
Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech, 104
Brandon Costner, N.C. State, 94
Jamon Gordon, Virginia Tech, 61
Jack McClinton, Miami, 48

You'll notice no team placed more than two players on the three teams, which is a testament to the parity of the league, and also the fact that 12 teams, not nine, comprise the teams.

Singletary makes first team for the second straight year, and J.R. Reynolds, the lone player selected in the preseason not to make the team, has to settle for second team again. He voiced the other day he thought he should have made first team last season, so this probably won't delight him. But his 6-for-27 streak to end the year probably killed his chances, even though he's second in scoring in ACC games only.

Dowdell, the only guy to make the first-team not on the preseason squad, becomes Virginia Tech's first first-teamer in the ACC. Dowdell was on no one's radar before he became Seth Greenberg's first recruit to commit, without even seeing Tech's campus. So making the team is pretty remarkable, and I'm sure it's a happy moment for him and Greenberg.

D.J. Strawberry makes the second team and was Maryland's lone representative. He received two first team votes, which is impressive considering only seven players got any.

If I could change anything, I'd put McRoberts on the third team in place of Crittenton and put James Gist, based on how well he played down the stretch, on the third team instead of Jack McClinton, who didn't start for Miami (but probably should have). I'd also be tempted to put Gordon on the second team.

What changes would you make to this team? Any inexcusable snubs? Gist and Ekene Ibekwe made honorable mention; think they should have made it?

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2007; 5:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

I think Gist and Ibekwe are solid but I think Ty Lawson should have been on the 3rd team ahead of Mcclinton...

Posted by: rives | March 5, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Vasquez didnt make the all freshman/rookie team is insane.

Posted by: Matt | March 6, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm a huge believer that the various teams of honorees need to be expanded--it made sense to honor the five best guys when there were eight or nine teams in the ACC--now there's 12! Increase the number of honorees correspondingly.

Posted by: DD | March 6, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

McRoberts is not deserving of any of the three teams...period. He is too inconsistent and miserably failed to meet high expectations. Engin Atsur out of North Carolina State could have made a strong argument to make the third team...I'm not too crazy about Dowdell being a first teamer...the way that J.R. Reynolds has played this year for the Cavaliers was acceptional. My first team is this: Dudley, Hansbrough, Thorton, Reynolds, Singletary. Reyshawn Terry, a senior out of North Carolina, should have also made the third team along with Ty Lawson. North Carolina is too talented to only have two players make any of the teams. Hopefully the ACC will bounce back from a dissapointing year in the NCAA tournament.

Posted by: Zack | April 1, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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