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 ...
*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
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
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?
March 5, 2007; 5:30 PM ET
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