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All-ACC Ballot Snapshot, Feb. 18

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:27pm

Jim Young offers his All-ACC ballot as of Feb. 18.

No chit-chat. Straight to the ballot we go. 

Your usual reminder: This is what my All-ACC ballot would look like if I had to turn it in today. I take into account the whole body of work, but as the season goes along, I put more and more emphasis on a player's performance in league play. And yes, how well your team is performing also plays a role. 

1. T.J. WARREN, F, N.C. STATE (23.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.6 SPG)

Previous rank: 1

Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 28.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 spg.

Thirty-four points in a win over Wake Forest and then 23 points (and a convincing head-to-head showing against C.J. Fair) in N.C. State's near upset of Syracuse. In fact, you could argue that Warren should have had 25 - maybe 26 - points against the Orange. If this foul (around the 35 second mark of the video) is called as a shooting foul - or intentional - then the Wolfpack probably walks out of the Carrier Dome with a win.  


Previous rank: 2

Stats since last ranking:  (1 game) 23 points, 8 rebounds. 2 blocks.

Parker was the only Blue Devil who had anything really close to his A game against Maryland. You don't normally think of a dunk as being clutch, but this one certainly was.

3. LAMAR PATTERSON, G/F, PITT (17.0 PPG, 4.3 APG, 4.5 RPG)

Previous rank: 3

Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 15.0 ppg, 10-of-31 shooting, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 spg.

It looks like Patterson's thumb is feeling better and his shooting touch is returning. But the Panthers need more from Mr. Do-Everything to snap out of their slide (four losses in six games). 

4. K.J. MCDANIELS, F CLEMSON (17.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.7 BPG)

Previous ranking: 8

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 27.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.5 bpg, 2.0 spg. 

Am I putting too much into McDaniels' last two games? I don't think so. These were two contests the Tigers desparately needed to win and McDaniels did everything possible to make that happen. He's scoring 17.3 points per game as the only significant threat on an anemic offense. And he's rebounding and blocking shots. With just a little more help for McDaniels, Clemson's 8-4 in the ACC and you wouldn't blink at his inclusion on the All-ACC first team. 

5. MARCUS PAIGE, G, UNC (17.2 PPG, 4.6 APG, 1.6 SPG)

Previous ranking: 7

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 19.0 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.0 spg.

North Carolina is the hottest team in the ACC not named UVa (I'd argue even hotter than Syracuse, given the Orange's recent close brushes with defeat) and Paige has been fantastic during the Tar Heels' seven-game winning streak. He's back to scoring like he did in non-conference play but - more importantly - he's also added in the point guard responsibilities as well, dishing out 5.9 assists per game during this recent stretch. 

6. TYLER ENNIS, G, SYRACUSE (11.8 PPG, 5.6 APG, 2.1 SPG)

Previous ranking: 6

Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 11.0 ppg, 5.5 apg, 6-of-17 shooting

For the first time, againt N.C. State, we actually saw Tyler Ennis look flawed in a late-game situation. Of course, that came just after he'd hit a running 35-footer at Pitt to keep Syracuse's perfect season a live. I need to see a little better shooting from him to move him up into the top five. But he's very, very close.

7. C.J. FAIR, F, SYRACUSE (16.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 SPG)

Previous rank: 4

Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 11-of-30 shooting.

C.J. Fair's ranking is starting to mirror the guy just below him on this ballot. He's still great, don't get me wrong. But he's not a game-in, game-out performer. And we've actually seen that Syracuse can still win even when Fair's not on. 

8. RODNEY HOOD, F, DUKE (16.3 PPG, 48.7% FG)

Previous rank: 5

Stats since last ranking: (1 game) 11 points, 3-of-10 shooting.

Pretty much what I just said about Fair. Foul trouble made Hood a non-factor against Maryland, but Jabari Parker saved the day. Also, unlike Parker, Hood's not finding other ways to contribute when his scoring touch isn't there.


Previous ranking: 9

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 game) 14 points, 8 rebounds. 

Brogdon didn't set the world on fire against Clemson, but he made six straight free throws down the stretch to clinch the win. Oh, and the eight rebounds were also impressive.


Previous ranking: 10

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 19.5 ppg, 14-of-29 shooting.

Olivier Hanlan puts up good scoring numbers. Boston College loses anyway. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. I really hope he doesn't got pro after this season, for the purely selfish reason that I hate to see his brilliance wasted on such a poor team. 


Previous ranking: 11

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 16.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.0 rpg.

 A 2-0 week for the Irish! And Atkins logged 90 out of a possible 90 minutes in the two wins. Yeah, I'd say he's important to Notre Dame.

12. JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO, F, (14.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.4 SPG)

Previous ranking: 12

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 12.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg

I had serious designs on moving JMM up to second team ... until he put up a goose egg at Florida State. Still, I'm assuming that was a foul-marred aberration. 


Previous ranking: 13

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 12.0 ppg, 4.5 apg

CMM was just okay in his two games since returning from an ankle injury. His team? It's ... not okay. The Deacs have now lost five in a row. One of CMM's best arguments for inclusion on the third team was that he was the alpha dog on a surprisingly competitive Wake team. Now that the Deacs appear to be reverting to their old, familiar, losing ways, it may be time to re-evaluate things.

14. TALIB ZANNA, F, PITT (12.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG)

Previous ranking: 14

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 10.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg.

Oof ... Zanna's downswing has mirrored that of his team. His performance at UNC? Not ... good. But he keeps his spot for now because he played very well in Pitt's heartbreaking loss to Syracuse. 

15. DEZ WELLS,  (15.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG)

Previous ranking: 15

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 game) 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 turnovers

Speaking of heartbreaking losses, how bad did Wells and Maryland need that game at Duke? At halftime of the game, Wells was off the third team, as he'd yet to score a single point. But then in the second half, Wells came alive, scoring all 17 of his points and nearly lifting the Terps to the upset. 


None this week.


(In alphabetical order)

Ryan Anderson, F, Boston College

Rion Brown, G, Miami

Quinn Cook, G, Duke

Pat Connaughton, G/F, Notre Dame

Trae Golden, G, Georgia Tech

Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse 

Joe Harris, G/F, Virginia

Daniel Miller, C, Georgia Tech

Ian Miller, G, FSU

Garrick Sherman, C, Notre Dame

Aaron Thomas, G, FSU

Devin Thomas, F, Wake Forest

Okaro White, F, FSU

Cameron Wright, G, Pitt

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