College Basketball: Picking All-ACC 1st, 2nd and 3rd Teams

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2012

College Basketball: Picking All-ACC 1st, 2nd and 3rd Teams

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    The 2011-12 ACC crown will be handed out this Saturday when North Carolina goes up the road to play Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    Along with the conference championship, some of the final decisions relating to this year's All-ACC teams may be determined on the last weekend of the regular season.

    Here is a look at who could end up being the first, second and third All-ACC teams.

    Last year, Duke's Nolan Smith was selected as the conference Player of the Year.

    Smith was joined on the first team by Duke teammate Kyle Singler, Maryland's Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney and Boston College's Reggie Jackson.

    None of these players were back this season, so it will be an entirely new group in '11-12.

    Let's go!

3rd Team: Bernard James (Florida State)

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    Bernard James is the force in the middle of the Florida State frontcourt.

    James not only grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game, he also swatted 2.4 spg (No. 28 in the nation).

    When FSU broke Duke's 45-game home win streak in January, James helped clog the middle and limit the Blue Devils to one shot.

    James' best game of the season (18 points and 15 rebounds) came when the Seminoles beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

3rd Team: Andre Young (Clemson)

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    Andre Young may only be 5'9", but he does not back down from anyone in the ACC.

    The senior guard leads the Tigers in scoring (13.2 ppg) and steals (1.8 spg), as well as being Clemson's No. 2 in assists (3.2 apg with a nice 2.5 A/TO). 

    Young rocked Georgia Tech for 29 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including a sizzling 7-for-9 from beyond the arc.

3rd Team: Durand Scott (Miami)

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    Durand Scott is one of the most versatile players in the ACC.

    He led Miami in both points (13 ppg) and assists (3.2 apg) while also grabbing 5.3 rpg.

    The 6'5" junior from the Bronx was The Man when the Hurricanes beat Maryland in double-OT at the beginning of February. Scott scored 24 points on 11-14 shooting, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 7 assists.

3rd Team: Lorenzo Brown (NC State)

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    Lorenzo Brown, like Miami's Scott, does a little of everything.

    The 6'5" guard led the Wolf Pack in assists (6.3 apg) and steals (1.7 spg) and was second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg).

    Brown's super all-around game against Duke (19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists) almost helped NC State pull off a huge upset at Cameron.

3rd Team: Mason Plumlee (Duke)

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    Mason Plumlee is Duke's leading rebounder (9.4 rpg) and shot blocker (1.5 bpg) as well as their best interior scoring threat (I0.8 ppg).

    The 6'10" junior has 10 double-doubles to his credit.

    Plumlee's top game of the year came against Maryland when he scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

2nd Team: C.J. Harris (Wake Forest)

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    C.J. Harris leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (16.8 ppg) and is Wake's No. 2 assist man (2.5 apg).

    Harris has had 10 games where he has scored at least 20 points. He scored 23 points against UNC Wilmington, Yale and Boston College.

    Along with his scoring, Harris also averages 3.1 rpg and 2.5 apg.

    As a senior, he will be one of the best backcourt players in the ACC next year. 

2nd Team: Michael Snaer (Florida State)

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    Michael Snaer is another super-solid guard that combines size and versatility to make so much happen for his team.

    Snaer is the Seminoles leading scorer (13.8 ppg) and is No. 2 in assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.2 spg).

    Even though he puts up good numbers, Snaer's biggest contribution to the team does not show up anywhere on any box score.

    The 6'5" senior is a relentless on-the-ball defender who helps Florida State be one of the best field goal defense teams in the nation (37.6 percent, No. 4 in the country).

    The high moment of Snaer's season was his buzzer-beater to help the Seminoles upset Duke in Durham.

2nd Team: C.J. Leslie (NC State)

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    C.J. Leslie leads the Wolf Pack in scoring (14.2 ppg) and blocks (1.8 bpg) and is also NC State's No. 2 rebounder (7 rpg).

    The 6'8" sophomore forward has five double-double's to his credit.

    Leslie's best game of the season came against North Carolina recently when he put up 24 points and 12 rebounds.

    Assuming that he is returning, Leslie will be one of the top frontcourt players in the conference next season.

2nd Team: Kendall Marshall (North Carolina)

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    Kendall Marshall is exactly the kind of point guard that this year's North Carolina team needs.

    He is a fantastic floor leader who excels at setting everyone else up to score.

    Marshall is No. 2 in the nation in assists (9.6 apg) with a eye-popping 3.66 A/TO ratio.

    The 6'4" point guard scores 6.8 ppg and pulls down 2.5 rpg.

    His best outing of the year came against NC State recently when he scored a career high 22 points and still handed out 13 assists.

2nd Team: Erick Green (Virginia Tech)

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    Erick Green leads the Hokies in scoring (15.7 ppg), assists (2.7 apg) and steals (1.4 spg).

    Green's consistent scoring (he hasn't put up double figures only once) is one of the reasons Virginia Tech didn't completely fold in this rebuilding year.

    Look for Green to be one of the top guards in the conference next year as a senior.

1st Team: John Henson (North Carolina)

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    John Henson is a double-double beast, racking up 15 in the Tar Heels first 30 games of 2011-12.

    Henson is averaging 14.2 ppg and 10.3 rpg.

    The 6'11" junior blocks 3.1 shots per game, which has him tied for No. 10 in the nation.

    If Carolina makes a Final Four run this year, Henson's strong work on the boards and disruption of opponent's field goals will play a big part.

1st Team: Terrell Stoglin (Maryland)

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    Terrell Stoglin is the leading scorer in the ACC, dropping in 21 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting from the field and 77.7 percent from the line.

    Stoglin has scored 20 points or more in 19 games this season. He has hit or topped 30 points in three separate games, the highest being 33 against Miami.

    If Stoglin can improve his shooting percentages (40.7 percent from the field, 37 percent from beyond the arc) by next season, the 6'1" guard may challenge for national scoring honors.

1st Team: Mike Scott (Virginia)

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    Mike Scott's outstanding play is one reason why Virginia (21-8; 8-7, 4th place in the ACC) is relevant again this season.

    Scott leads the Cavs in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg).

    He is shooting 57.4 percent from the field and 82.5 percent from the line.

    Scott has scored 20 points in nine games, with a high game in conference play coming against Florida State last night (28 points and 10 rebounds).

1st Team: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)

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    Harrison Barnes is one of the best shooting forwards in the country.

    He leads the Tar Heels in scoring (17.4 ppg; No. 2 in the ACC), shooting 46 percent from the floor, 72.9 percent from the line and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc.

    Barnes has scored 20 or more points in a dozen games so far this season, with his high-game (27) coming against Virginia Tech earlier in the season.

    Barnes continues to develop as a player who can get to the rim and to the line, exhibited by his shooting 12 free throws against Duke in their first matchup this season.

1st Team: Austin Rivers (Duke)

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    Austin Rivers is having an excellent freshman season at Duke.

    He is a finalist for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale national Freshman of the Year.

    Rivers leads the Blue Devils in scoring (15.3 ppg) and is also averaging 3.3 rpg and 2.1 apg.

    The 6'4" guard from Winter Park, FL is the key to Duke's success in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.

    If he catches fire, there's no telling where the Blue Devils can go!

ACC Player of the Year: Tyler Zeller (North Carolina)

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    Tyler Zeller may be the No. 2 scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker on UNC, but he is the overall best player in the ACC.

    The 7'0" senior center averages 16.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

    Zeller has a very high basketball IQ and exceptional skills to match.

    He has a wide assortment of post moves and shots that make it difficult for the Tar Heels' opponents to stop him.

    Zeller has nine games where he has scored at least 20 points. He has hit or topped 30 points on two occasions (31 against Appalachian State, 30 against Maryland). 

    In the game against Maryland (on 2/29), Zeller was a mind-boggling 20-for-23 from the free throw line, breaking Tyler Hansbrough's Smith Center record for made free throws in a game and finishing one shy of matching the program's and ACC's all-time mark.

    Zeller has never been "Mr. Sports Center highlight." He just simply gets it done night after night.