The All-ACC Teams Coming To You Two Weeks Early

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2009

With so much still to be decided in the ACC race, now would be a crazy time to try and figure out which players are worthy of All-ACC consideration.

Therefore, I have no choice but to do just that. Here is the list you will be seeing in just a few weeks—maybe.

All-ACC First Team:

G-Ty Lawson (UNC)

G-Tyrese Rice (Boston College)

F-Kyle Singler (Duke)

F-Tyler Hansbrough (UNC)

F-Trevor Booker (Clemson)

Player of the Year: Ty Lawson

I think this list is more or less set in stone.  Rice has done a great job of becoming a leader to a Boston College team that ranks as the most surprising team so far this season.

Hansbrough is always a favorite to win the POY award but I think Lawson has had an incredible season.  He is averaging 6.5 assists and is second in the conference in steals.

Lawson has so many weapons that he can dish the ball off to and yet he is 11th in scoring and has the second best field goal percentage in the conference.

Lawson will be a great point guard at the next level because of his speed and decision-making.  It was a good thing he stayed the extra year because if North Carolina does bring home the NCAA title it will be because of his ball-handling and leadership on the court.

All-ACC Second Team:

G-Toney Douglas (FSU)

G-Jeff Teague (Wake Forest)

F-Wayne Ellington (UNC)

F-Gerald Henderson (Duke)

F-Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech)

Douglas has been a tremendous player for the Seminoles this year and will be the reason they make the NCAA tournament.  His average of over 20 points per game is second only to Hansbrough in the conference.

Lawal may be on a terrible team but he is certainly a supreme talent.  Lawal is the conference's leading rebounder with over 30 more rebounds than second place's Trevor Booker.

Henderson has improved this season and become the post presence Duke needs to make a run in the NCAA tournament and Ellington continues to show he is arguably the best athlete in the ACC.

All-ACC Third Team:

G-Jack McClinton (Miami)

G-A.D. Vassallo (VT)

G-Malcolm Delaney (VT)

F-Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)

F-Jeff Allen (VT)

Notice a pattern here?  The Hokies have one of the best threesomes in the ACC and yet if Virginia Tech does not pull off a couple of upsets down the stretch they may not see their ticket punched come march.

We knew Vassallo and Allen would be good but Delaney has exploded his sophomore year and has provided some wonderful shooting performances so far this season.  As a result, the Hokie back court bolsters the fifth and sixth leading scorers in the country.

McClinton was a potential first-teamer, but his team has fallen into the doldrums at 4-8 in the ACC.  Miami is perhaps the most enigmatic team in the ACC, full of talent that has yet to be realized.

The Hurricanes have squandered a golden opportunity so far this season but they still have some time left.

Rookie of the Year: Sylven Landesberg (Virginia)

Landesberg is not only the highest scoring freshman in the conference, he is second in the entire country behind Liberty's Seth Curry (brother of you-know-who) for rookies.

Virginia basketball has struggled greatly this season but they can take solace in the poise and leadership demonstrated by the former McDonald's All-American.

Landesberg has all the tools to make All-ACC teams in the future, possessing an athleticism few teams outside of UNC or Duke could ever hope to contain.  As he continues to work on his jump shot you can expect Landesberg to become a fixture on these lists.