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All-ACC Ballot Snapshot, Jan. 24

Friday, January 24, 2014 12:41pm

Jim Young offers his All-ACC ballot as of Jan. 24.

A reminder folks. 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. LAMAR PATTERSON, G/F, PITT (17.4 PPG, 4.6 APG, 4.7 RPG)

Rank last week: 1

Stats since last ranking: (2 games) - 15.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, 3.5 rpg, 7-of-13 three-pointers.

Pitt suffered its first ACC loss last Saturday, but my crush on Patterson continues unabated. 18 points against Syracuse and then six assists against Clemson. Oh and I'm not the only one who hearts Lamar. Check out what Grantland's Mark Titus had to say about Patterson's jumper. 

 Let me be up front: I would make sweet, sweet love to Patterson’s jump shot. Patterson is a fifth-year senior who has been a solid 3-point shooter his entire career, so I’m not sure why I haven’t noticed his jumper’s flawlessness until this season. But now that I have, it’s like the clouds parted and angels started singing Enya songs. 

You feeling uncomfortable? Me too. Moving right along ...

2. C.J. FAIR, F, SYRACUSE (16.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 spg)

Rank Last Week: 2

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 games) 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks

I had a slight urge to move Fair down after seeing how the Orange relied on Tyler Ennis to save to the day against Pitt, but upon closer inspection, Fair had a pretty good all-around game. So he'll stay here for now. Just know that the gap between No. 2 and No. 6 in these rankings is pretty thin.  

3. JABARI PARKER, F DUKE (18.9 PPG, 7.87 RPG)

Rank Last Week: 5

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 20 ppg, 11 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 1.5 spg

Jabari back? He broke out of his slump with 23 points Duke's rout of N.C. State and then posted an even more impressive stat line against Miami: 17 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks.

The Miami game illustrates something I really like about Parker: Even when his offensive game went on walk-about at the start of ACC play, it never seemd to affect his attitude and approach to the game. Parker wasn't exactly clicking against the Hurricanes, but he kept crashing the boards relentlessly regardless.

4. RODNEY HOOD, F, DUKE (17.6 PPG, 52.1% FG)

Rank Last Week: 4

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 11.5 ppg, 2.5 spg, 58.8% FG

Hood didn't set the world on fire the last two games, but let's give him some credit for not forcing things to pump up his stats. He took just 17 shots, but made 10 of them - strengthening his spot at the top of the ACC field goal percentage standings. Hood's also still the top scorer in ACC play (19.8 ppg) even with the quiet week.

Still, efficiency will only take you so far. Hood will have to produce more soon or risk losing his first-team spot on my ballot.  

5. T.J. WARREN, F, N.C. STATE (22.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG)

Rank Last Week: 3

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 game) 23 points, 8 rebounds.

I almost dropped Warren off my first team. Almost. Before you get angry at me State fan, hear me out.

I still think Warren's the most gifted scorer in the league, but while watching State get crushed at Duke, I wondered how much he made his teammates better. Then I watched the Wolfpack beat Maryland without him and saw players who'd previously been deep in Warren's shadow flourish. 

Also, the guy at No. 6 this week made a pretty strong case to be put higher. More on him in a bit. 

For now though, I can't penalize Warren too much for Maryland's bewildering inability to cover Ralston Turner. Warren stays on the first team, but he's on notice. 

6. TYLER ENNIS, G, SYRACUSE (11.9 PPG, 5.5 APG, 2.7 SPG)

Rank Last Week: 7

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 game) 16 points, 3 assists

Folks are really starting to get into the "Ennis or Parker?" ACC Freshman of the Year debate. So if folks (like me) are putting Parker on their first-team All-ACC ballots right now, then it stands to reason that Ennis should be at least in that neighborhood, right? 

You betcha.

How close is Ennis to the first team right now? So close I almost went Vitale and made it a six-team All-ACC first team. But then I thought better of it. 

7. K.J. MCDANIELS, F CLEMSON (16.4 PPG, 7.0 rpg, 2.7 BPG)

Rank Last Week: 6

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 

 McDaniels is kind of on an island right now in these rankings. To me there's a definite gap between the top six and him but, as I was looking below him ... yeah, don't see an imminent threat to leapfrog McDaniels from that group. 

He was fantastic in the win over Wake (15 points, 12 rebounds) and kind of no-showed against Pitt (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers). Of course, the whole Clemson team no-showed that game.

What will it take for McDaniels to get into the mix with the top six? How about a huge game in helping the Tigers break their 0-for-Chapel Hill streak? 

8. MARCUS PAIGE, G, UNC (16.8 PPG, 4.2 APG)

Rank Last Week: 8

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 15.0 ppg, 3.5 apg

Marcus Paige plays well (21 points against BC) and UNC wins. Paige plays poorly (9 points on 4-of-14 shooting against UVa) and UNC loses. This is probably not a coincidence.

Paige's numbers  Leslie McDonald was out (19.2 ppg, 4.4 apg, 45.4% FG). Paige's numbers since Leslie McDonald's return (14.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, 37.6% in 9 games). This is probably not a coincidence either. 

Paige stays where he is for now, but his position is tenuous. 

9. TALIB ZANNA, F, PITT (13.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG)

Rank Last Week: 10

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 17 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Zanna keeps putting up good numbers in ACC play. He's averaging 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in league games, while shooting at a league-best 66.7% through six games.

I know most of you have still probably never heard of him, but by gosh those numbers deserve a bump up. 

10. OLIVIER HANLAN, G, BOSTON COLLEGE (18.9 PPG, 3.1 APG)

Rank Last Week: 9

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 17.5 ppg

I like Olivier Hanlan, I really do. But at some point, scoring on a team as bad as BC is like the proverbial tree falling in the forest. Or something like that. The point is, I'm having a hard time caring that much. 

Oh and when the Eagles really, really could have used a special game from Hanlan, he instead threw up a dud at UNC (3-of-9 shooting, 6 turnovers in the loss). 

Am I being too harsh? Perhaps. But that 1:1 assist to turnover ratio is also sticking out to me right now. 

11. ERIC ATKINS, G, NOTRE DAME (14.3 PPG, 4.9 APG)

Rank Last Week: 12

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 18.0 ppg, 4.5 apg

The Irish nearly pulled off an upset of Florida State in Tallahassee, and Atkins was a big reason. He poured in 24 points and dished out five assists in the two-point loss. Notre Dame will continue to be a dangerous team as long as Atkins can put up those types of numbers. 

12. QUINN COOK, G, DUKE (12.8 PPG, 5.6 APG)

Rank Last Week: 11

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 9 ppg, 3.5 apg

Not exactly a stats bonanza for Cook last week, was it? But he did keep his turnovers (3 in two games) to a minimum and the Blue Devils didn't need much more than that from its floor general. 

Oh and he did star in this video. 

13. CODI MILLER-MCINTYRE, G, WAKE FOREST (15.5 PPG, 4.1 APG)

Rank Last Week: 13

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 13.5 ppg, 6.5 apg

CMM was brilliant in helping Wake break its 17-game ACC road losing streak (20 points and 10 assists at Virginia Tech). He was ... not brilliant at Clemson (six points on 3-of-14 shooting in the loss). 

So for now, we'll keep CMM right here. But he has the potential to climb. Maybe even sneak into the second team if the Deacs keep being all frisky and competitive.

14. OKARO WHITE, F, (12.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG)

Rank Last Week: 15

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 13.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg

It was an eventful week for White. He put up a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) in FSU's narrow win over Notre Dame. Then he scored 15 points and ... well .. he got into a little trouble with the league for getting chippy in the post-game handshake line after the Noles' lost to Virginia. 

Not condoning his actions at all, but White was likely still ticked about the alley-oop dunk Justin Anderson threw down with 19 seconds left and the Cavaliers up 12. 

 So in a way I kind of like that White was still steamed when the teams were shaking hands moments later. 

Speaking of Virginia ...

15. Joe Harris, G/F Virginia (11.6 ppg, 43.4% 3PT)

Rank Last Week: Unranked

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 17.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 7-of-12 three-pointers

I've got to give a little love to the Cavaliers for their 5-1 start in ACC play. 

At first glance Harris doesn't appear to deserve this spot. But his performance in league play (15.2 ppg, 14-of-27 three-pointers) has gone up several notches. And no, I'm not counting the two minutes he played against FSU (before leaving after an elbow to the head) in that stats calculation. 

Harris is the go-to-guy on one of the top four teams in the league. And he's playing his best ball right now. He deserves a spot on this team. 

DROPPED OUT

Dez Wells, F, Maryland

Harris' promotion means someone had to drop off the third team. That someone is Wells, who made just 2-of-11 shots and turned the ball over three times in the Terps' stunning loss to the Warrenless Wolfpack. 

HONORABLE MENTION

(In alphabetical order)

Ryan Anderson, F, Boston College

Rion Brown, G, Miami

Pat Connaughton, G/F, Notre Dame

Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse 

Joe Harris, G/F, Virginia

James Michael McAdoo, F, UNC

Ian Miller, G, FSU

Garrick Sherman, C, Notre Dame

Devin Thomas, F, Wake Forest

Cameron Wright, G, Pitt