Virginia's Joe Harris and Virginia Tech's Erick Green are experiencing very different seasons with their respective men's basketball teams, but they can say they have one characteristic in common.

They're both officially part of the Atlantic Coast Conference's elite.

Harris and Green were both chosen Monday to the All-ACC first team, while U.Va. guard Jontel Evans, a Bethel High graduate, earned a spot on the ACC's all-defensive team for a second straight season. U.Va. forward Akil Mitchell also was acknowledged for his strong play by being selected to the All-ACC third team.

"It means a lot," said Green, a 6-foot-3 senior. "A goal of mine this (season) was to make first team All-ACC, and I'm just glad to see hard work has paid off.


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"I set goals. Some of them might be a little overboard, but I definitely set them so I can try to reach them. … It's an honor to be on first team."

Green and Harris were joined on the first team, which was chosen in a vote of 77 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, by Duke's Mason Plumlee, Miami's Shane Larkin and North Carolina State's Richard Howell. Plumlee led all vote-getters with 73 first-place votes, while Green and Larkin both had 72 and Harris received 67.

Though Tech (13-18 overall, 4-14 ACC) enters this week's ACC tournament as the No. 12 seed, Green earned his recognition on the strength of his average of ACC-leading 25.4 points per game, which also leads the nation.

He said he's most proud of the fact he's shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, which is second in the ACC among guards and eighth overall. Tech plays No. 5 seed N.C. State on Thursday at 2:30 in the first round of the ACC tournament.

U.Va. (21-10, 11-7) comes into the conference tournament with a first round bye as the No. 4 seed. It will play Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals against the winner of Thursday's Virginia Tech-N.C. State game.

Harris has been the catalyst for U.Va.'s offensive efforts this season, averaging 17 points per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. He leads the ACC in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (44.4).

Green, Harris, Larkin and Plumlee all have earned support from media and coaches as ACC player of the year candidates. Green admitted Monday he'd like to win the award. All individual ACC awards — coach of the year, defensive player of the year, freshman of the year and player of the year — will be announced Tuesday.

Duke's Seth Curry, Miami's Kenny Kadji, N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown and North Carolina's Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo were selected to the All-ACC second team.

Mitchell, who tied Duke's Quinn Cook and Clemson's Devin Booker for the final spot on the third team, was joined on the team by Florida State's Michael Snaer, N.C. State's C.J. Leslie, Boston College's Ryan Anderson, Cook and Booker. Mitchell is averaging 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, both of which are significant increases from last season when he averaged 4.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Harris and Mitchell are the first two U.Va. players to make All-ACC in the same season since 2007, when Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds made the team.

Evans, a 5-11 senior, was honored on the All-Defensive team along with Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller, Maryland's Alex Len and Miami's Shane Larkin and Durand Scott.

After the all-defensive team was announced, Evans posted a tweet regarding his relationship with U.Va. coach Tony Bennett, who had to recruit Evans after former U.Va. coach Dave Leitao started the recruitment job before getting fired: "I love my coach man real talk…Glad (he) re-recruited me and I got a chance to play for him."

No U.Va. or Tech players earned spots on the ACC all-freshmen team, which was composed of BC's Olivier Hanlan, Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon, N.C. State's TJ Warren, Wake Forest's Devin Thomas and UNC's Marcus Paige. Hanlan was the only unanimous choice.