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2004-05 Acc Sports Journal Awards

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

Coach Of The Year

Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech Picked 11th, finished fourth with so-so talent, zero depth

Others: Roy Williams (UNC), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Frank Haith (Miami).

Assistant Coach Of The Year

Joe Holladay, UNC Plays "good cop" in expert pairing with Steve Robinson

Others: Larry Hunter (NCSU), Ron Bradley (Clem.), Brad Greenberg (VT).

Player Of The Year

J.J. Redick, Duke If you think "just a shooter," you just don't know hoops

Voting Breakdown: Redick 47.7%, May (27.3), Paul (13.6), Felton (11.4).

Freshman Of The Year

Marvin Williams, UNC Rare combination of size, skill, touch, demeanor, humility

Voting Breakdown: Williams 90.9%, Sean Singletary (9.1).

First-Team All-ACC

J.J. Redick, Duke Created huge shots for self, others; better defense, stamina
Chris Paul, Wake Forest With Redick, made and deserved first-team All-American
Sean May, UNC Improved conditioning paid off with post scoring, defense
Shelden Williams, Duke Awesome defender dramatically increased post production
Raymond Felton, UNC Elevated game with extra heart, handling, defense, threes

Second-Team All-ACC

Eric Williams, Wake Forest Would join five players above on any most-improved lists
Guillermo Diaz, Miami Only he and Williams finished near first team in our voting
Julius Hodge, N.C. State Last season's POY battled, produced through frustration
Jarrett Jack, Georgia Tech Strong two-way player served as Jackets' firm foundation
Rashad McCants, UNC^ Missing 25 percent of ACC regular season cost him votes

Third-Team All-ACC

Justin Gray, Wake Forest Stellar shooter, scorer must improve defense to rise higher
Sharrod Ford, Clemson In many games, he was most impressive prospect on floor
Zabian Dowdell, Virginia Tech^ Carried enormous load on team that lacked many options
Daniel Ewing, Duke Savvy senior handled difficult PG challenge with aplomb
Marvin Williams, UNC^ How many non-starters are impressive enough to be here?

Others: Hite (Miami), McCray^ (Md.), D.Smith^ (UVa), J.Williams (UNC).

All-Freshman Team

Marvin Williams, UNC A very high NBA lottery pick as soon as he wants to be
Sean Singletary, Virginia Talent, poise, leadership suggest long, prosperous career
Cliff Hammonds, Clemson Mental, physical toughness tremendous for first-year PG
DeMarcus Nelson, Duke Versatile guard played everywhere, survived early injury
Deron Washington, Virginia Tech Hard-nosed WF steady after stellar pre-ACC performance

Others: Brackman (NCSU), Gist (Md.), Dickey (GT), Morrow (GT), Rich (FSU).

All-Defensive Team

Shelden Williams, Duke Smooth shotblocker one of top defenders in ACC history
Jackie Manuel, UNC Savvy specialist superb complement to skillful teammates
Jamon Gordon, Virginia Tech Perimeter toughness set tone for Hokies' surprise season
Jamaal Levy, Wake Forest^ Long arms very effective whether on or away from ball
Chris McCray, Maryland^ Effort, effectiveness sometimes lost during difficult year

Others: Felton (UNC), McHenry (GT), Paul (WF), King (Miami), Ford (Clem.).

What-Might-Have-Been All-ACC

Chris Bosh, BF, Georgia Tech Would-be junior enjoying $9.4 million NBA contract
Luol Deng, WF, Duke Devils' one-year wonder; 12.1 ppg 5.3 rpg for Bulls
Shaun Livingston, PG, Duke Suffering through injury-plagued year with Clippers
J.R. Smith, WG, UNC Tar Heels' first HS-to-NBA guy; starting for Hornets
Josh Powell, BF, N.C. State Left Wolfpack to become No. 1 pick - in CBA draft

Others: Tony Stockman (Clem./Ohio State), Ed Nelson (GT/Connecticut).

Other Postseason Awards

Best Interview, Coach Seth Greenberg, VT Honest, informative, funny; close over Prosser
Most Accessible, Coach Skip Prosser, WF Next-best:Greenberg, Purnell, Williams (both)
Best Interview, Assistant Chris Collins, Duke Ignores politically correct/coach-speak filters
Best Interview, Player Sean May, UNC Perceptive, smooth; close over Hodge (NCSU)
Best Official Reggie Cofer No matter whom we pick, many complain
Best Media Relations Dean Buchan Wake Forest assistant AD respects media's task
Best Writer, Career Bob Thomas Florida Times-Union guy knows ACC inside-out
Best Writer, Year Jon Solomon From The State; also Jeff White, Richmond T-D
Best Writer, Other Mike DeCourcy Sporting News guru understands college hoops
Best Columnist, Career Caulton Tudor Savvy Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer veteran
Best Columnist, Year David Teel Insightful Newport News (Va.) Daily Press star
Best Columnist, Other John Feinstein Love him or hate him, always sharp, interesting
Best TV Play-By-Play Mike Patrick ABC/ESPN voice closely associated with ACC
Best TV Color Len Elmore Close over Vitale, Packer, Bonner, Gminski, etc.
Best TV Analyst Jay Bilas Highly knowledgeable, well-spoken, professional
Best Radio, Play-By-Play Wes Durham GT voice nips dad (Woody), McDonald (UVa)
Best Radio, Color Tony Haynes NCSU guy edges Mixon (UNC), Freidinger (WF)
Best Radio, Other Matthew Laurance Duke sideline reporter shares rare, unique access

^ - different result than "official" ACC voting

NOTE: Like the balloting for the "official" ACC awards, which are done by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the ACC Sports Journal voting always is done at the conclusion of the regular season. The Sports Journal had 88 participants this year, and (unlike the "official" awards) as always the voters were divided equally (eight per team) among the conference's 11 member schools. This year, the breakdown went this way: five media members (print, radio, TV, electronic), two carefully selected fans (Sports Journal subscribers) and one university representative (coach, administrator, SID) per school. Numerous media members, including ACC Sports Journal editor Dave Glenn, participated in both the ACSMA voting and the Sports Journal voting.

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