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Teel Time: All-ACC basketball ballot and player of year vote for Green

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The annual vetting of candidates for ACC basketball’s all-league honors and individual awards seemed more taxing than usual this season. Here’s the ballot I submitted Sunday night.

FIRST TEAM

Erick Green, Virginia Tech.

Shane Larkin, Miami.

Mason Plumlee, Duke.

Joe Harris, Virginia.

Richard Howell, North Carolina State.

SECOND TEAM

Seth Curry, Duke.

Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State.

Kenny Kadji, Miami.

Akil Mitchell, Virginia.

Reggie Bullock, North Carolina.

THIRD TEAM

Devin Booker, Clemson.

P.J. Hairston, North Carolina.

Durand Scott, Miami.

Michael Snaer, Florida State.

Quinn Cook, Duke.

ROOKIE TEAM

Olivier Hanlan, Boston College.

Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke.

T.J. Warren, N.C. State.

Devin Thomas, Wake Forest.

Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech.

DEFENSIVE TEAM

Durand Scott, Miami.

Shane Larkin, Miami.

Alex Len, Maryland.

Akil Mitchell, Virginia.

Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State.

PLAYER OF YEAR: Green.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Hanlan.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Scott.

COACH OF YEAR: Miami’s Jim Larranaga.

The hardest call was Green over Larkin for player of the year. Had the Hokies won a few more games or and escaped last place, not so much.

But becoming the first ACC player to lead the nation in scoring since South Carolina’s Grady Wallace in 1957 is remarkable. To do so as a guard shooting nearly 50 percent on a team with no other weapons is beyond remarkable.        

The only decision to make regarding first team was Howell, North Carolina State’s most consistent player and the ACC’s top rebounder, or Curry, the league’s leading 3-point shooter in conference games. I finally sided with Howell because of his impact on both ends – Curry is a pedestrian defender, though a chronic leg injury certainly affects him there.

Totally unintended, hardly a prerequisite for such ballots but cool nonetheless: With a center, two guards and two forwards, this first team could easily take the floor.

Finally, I doubt the overlooked Mitchell makes any of the teams, but he’s abosolutely deserving and is arguably the ACC’s most improved player.  

I can be reached at 247-4636 or by e-mail at dteel@dailypress.com. Follow me at twitter.com/DavidTeelatDP

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