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All-ACC Ballot Snapshot, Jan. 31

Friday, January 31, 2014 10:55am

Jim Young offers his All-ACC ballot as of Jan. 31.

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 (17.7 PPG, 4.5 APG, 4.8 RPG)

Rank last week: 1

Stats since last ranking: (2 games) - 21.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 6.0 rpg, 7-of-13 three-pointers.

I thought about moving Patterson down off his top perch after watching him struggle against the long arms of Duke forward Rodney Hood on Monday night. But then I remembered how brilliant Patterson had been in the Panthers' win at Maryland earlier. I'm not ready to move him down ... but the competition is hard on his heels.

2. T.J. WARREN, F, N.C. STATE (22.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.6 SPG)

Rank Last Week: 5

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 game) 25.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 spg

Remember how last week I was threatening Warren's spot on the first team? I'm an awesome motivator! All Warren has done since then was make a difficult running half-hook to beat Georgia Tech in overtime and then pour in 30 points in a critical home win over Florida State.

He's the best scorer in the league and he's doing it without much of a supporting cast. Thus, he gets a bump up from me this week.

3. JABARI PARKER, F DUKE (18.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG)

Rank Last Week: 3

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 17.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.0 spg

Parker's still struggling to find his shot - he was just 10-of-32 in the last two games - but I'm very impressed by how he's found other ways to make an impact. Specifically, he's become an an animal on the boards. He's pulled down 40 in the past three games.

4. RODNEY HOOD, F, DUKE (17.4 PPG, 51.1% FG)

Rank Last Week: 4

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 15.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg

I was caught a little off guard on Monday night when Jay Bilas decared Hood to be "Duke's best defender." Granted, that's all relative, but Hood had appeared somewhat disinterested on that end of the floor in non-conference play. But he did a fantastic job giving Lamar Patterson fits on Monday night, and if you go back through Duke's recent box scores, you'll find that most opposing wings have been pretty quiet against Hood.

5. C.J. FAIR, F, SYRACUSE (16.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.6 SPG)

Rank Last Week: 2

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 spg

I know it seems like I'm penalizing Fair even though he's continuing to put up good numbers on the ACC's best team. It's really just that the three other guys who've leapfrogged him have done some special stuff.

This 1-5 group is bunched pretty tightly. If Fair goes off against Duke, he could well be at the top of these rankings next week.

6. TYLER ENNIS, G, SYRACUSE (12.3 PPG, 5.4 APG, 2.5 SPG)

Rank Last Week: 6

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 16.0 ppg, 4.5 apg, 5.0 rpg 

One of the reason Fair's numbers haven't jumped off the page may be because Ennis is starting to carry more of the scoring load. You know that whole thing where freshmen hit a bit of a wall when conference play starts? (Jabari Parker nods his head knowingly) Apparently that doesn't apply to Ennis, who's scoring more in ACC play (13.3 ppg) than he was in non-conference games.

7. MARCUS PAIGE, G, UNC (16.8 PPG, 4.4 APG)

Rank Last Week: 8

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 17.0 ppg, 6.0 apg, 6-of-12 three-pointers

Paige has raised the level of his play lately, and the Tar Heels appear to have turned things around after a disastrous start in ACC play. Yes, these two things are definitely connected. It's good to see Paige doing more point guardy things lately, as well (12 assists in two games last week). 

8. K.J. MCDANIELS, F CLEMSON (16.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.6 BPG)

Rank Last Week: 7

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 game) 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 6 turnovers

McDaniels stuffed the stat sheet in both good and bad ways against UNC. Those six turnovers? Yeah, they'll get you dropped in these rankings.

9. TALIB ZANNA, F, PITT (13.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG)

Rank Last Week: 9

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

Zanna's inability to finish around the basket against Duke (2-of-7, 11 points) was troubling, but he stays put this week because the folks directly behind him didn't set the world on fire, either. 

10. OLIVIER HANLAN, G, BOSTON COLLEGE (18.6 PPG, 3.0 APG)

Rank Last Week: 10

Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 game) 11 points, 2 assists

So Hanlan plays only 22 minutes because of foul trouble and scores just 11 points and ... BC wins by 24 against Virginia Tech? No, I do not think this means that the Eagles are just fine with Hanlan throttling back his offensive game. I think it means that the Hokies are just that bad.

11. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Did I just move a guy up to top of the third team who wasn't even on my Honorable Mention list? Yuuuup.

This isn't a rash move on my part. I was just an idiot for overlooking Brogdon's strong performance in ACC play. 

He's averaging 15.1 ppg in Virginia's eight league contests, and shooting at a 51.1 percent clip. Not too shabby. He's also tops in steals in league play, swiping 2.1 per game. Oh, and he's also averaging 5.6 rpg and 4.0 apg in UVa's last four games, all wins.

So yeah, I was an idiot for overlooking him.

12. ERIC ATKINS, G, NOTRE DAME (13.8 PPG, 4.9 APG)

Rank Last Week: 11

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 9.5 ppg, 4.5 apg

Atkins got his first ACC exposure to Virginia's pack-line defense and it went ... poorly. He scored just six points in Notre Dame's 15-point home loss. The Irish needed Atkins to really raise the level of his game to compensate for the loss of Jerian Grant. So far Atkins has been good, but not good enough. 

13. CODI MILLER-MCINTYRE, G, WAKE FOREST (14.6 PPG, 3.9 APG)

Rank Last Week: 13

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 6.0 ppg

Oh Miller-Mc. Just as I was getting all excited, you score just eight in Wake's win over Notre Dame and four against the Syracuse zone. Wake fans will wonder what might have been against Syracuse had CMM had his customary production.

The one bright side? Miller-Mc gets it going next week, we can break this out song.

 And yes, I realize we just broke it out anyway. 

14. James Michael McAdoo, F, (14.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.5 spg)

Rank Last Week: Unranked

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 19.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 15-of-24 shooting

I suspect that JMM's inability to live up to the hype - fair or unfair - has probably colored the way I've viewed his peformance and caused me to underrate him a bit ... if that makes any sense.

Well, no more. JMM is averaging 15.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg in league play and is shooting 55.8 percent in those games as well. That's enough to get him a spot in the rankings.

15. Dez Wells,  (14.9 PPG, 4.6 rpg)

Rank Last Week: Unranked

Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 20.0 ppg, 13-of-18 shooting, 3.0 spg

Hit a game-winning shot...heck, hit every shot you take - as Wells did against Miami - and you earn your way back into these rankings. Well done, Dez.

DROPPED OUT

Quinn Cook, G, Duke

As Parker has raised his production - while Hood keeps chugging along - and other Blue Devils such as Andre Dawkins and Amile Jefferson have chipped in, Cook has eased into the background offensively. He's cracked 10 points just once in the last five games, all Duke wins, by the way.

Joe Harris, G/F Virginia

It seems unfair to knock Harris off this list just one week after singing his praises. But it's really just a function of needing to find spaces for Brogdon, McAdoo and Wells. Harris is definitely at the top of the Others Receiving Votes category.

Okaro White, F, FSU

Similar to Harris, White didn't do anything to knock himself out of the rankings. Space just had to be made. 

HONORABLE MENTION

(In alphabetical order)

Ryan Anderson, F, Boston College

Rion Brown, G, Miami

Pat Connaughton, G/F, Notre Dame

Trae Golden, G, Georgia Tech

Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse 

Ian Miller, G, FSU

Garrick Sherman, C, Notre Dame

Devin Thomas, F, Wake Forest

Cameron Wright, G, Pitt