Jim Young offers his All-ACC ballot as of March 5.
Straight to the rankings. Let's be efficient here. Like T.J. Warren-level efficient.
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 (24.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 52.8% FG)
Previous rank: 1
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 32.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 spg.
It seems like Warren's recent torrid stretch has some folks talking about him as joining the ACC Player of the Year discussion. Seems to me he's pretty much ended the conversation. It would take something pretty dramatic from Parker or McDaniels to knock Warren out of the top spot.
2. JABARI PARKER, F DUKE (18.8 PPG, 8.9 RPG)
Previous rank: 2
Stats since last ranking: (1 games) 11 points, 12 rebounds
Parker's working on a streak of four straight double-doubles. His work on the glass has greatly helped Duke with the size issues it has in the post.
3. K.J. MCDANIELS, F CLEMSON (16.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.8 BPG)
Previous ranking: 3
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 16.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 2.0 spg.
McDaniels had a rare off game (10 points, 3 rebounds) in Clemson's loss to Wake. It was an illustration of just how important he is to the Tigers. When he's on, the Tigers are in the NCAA tournament worthy. When McDaniels is off, Clemson loses to Wake.
4. MARCUS PAIGE, G, UNC (16.9 PPG, 4.5 APG, 1.6 SPG)
Previous ranking: 5
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 17.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.7 spg.
Paige's huge game against N.C. State had folks talking him up for ACC Player of the Year. That was some serious knee-jerk reacting, as his next two pedestrian performances confirmed. Still, that virtuoso performance helps him hold a first-team spot. So does having the fourth-best ORtg in ACC play.
5. MALCOLM BROGDON, VIRGINIA (12.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG)
Previous ranking: 8
Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 17.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg.
Okay, hear me out. For a long while I've appreciated Brogdon's play, but had consigned him to the All-ACC team in part because UVa's balance keeps Brogdon from putting up big numbers. And there was the matter of his unremarkable non-conference numbers. But Austin Johnson's conference-only stats have swayed me.
Take a look at Brogdon's ORtg in ACC play. 128.7? Wow. That's 7.7 higher than the second-highest rating.
Then check out this historical comparison Johnson made.
Malcolm Brogdon, 2014: 128 ORtg, 51% eFG%, 15 ppg, 5.8 reb, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.1 blocks. 1 TO— Austin Johnson (@austin_johnson) March 5, 2014
Julius Hodge, 2004: 113 ORtg, 55% eFG%, 17.5 ppg, 5.2 reb, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.1 blocks, 3.4 TOs.— Austin Johnson (@austin_johnson) March 5, 2014
Brogdon up there doing his best Hodge impression, leading his team to an ACC regular season title, and no one seems to care.— Austin Johnson (@austin_johnson) March 5, 2014
I think Brogdon suffers from a lack of a 'moment' or 'break-out game'. He's just consistently great with very few highs or lows.— Austin Johnson (@austin_johnson) March 5, 2014
Couldn't have said it better myself ... which is why I just embedded Austin's tweets.
Keep in mind that the regular season ain't over, though. There's still a chance for the next three guys on my list to work their way back on to the first team.
6. LAMAR PATTERSON, G/F, PITT (17.2 PPG, 4.5 APG, 4.6 RPG)
Previous rank: 4
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 17.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.0 apg.
Patterson keeps putting up numbers close to his season average, but the Panthers keep slipping toward the bubble. So at least he's not the problem but ... first teamers are usually a bigger part of the solution.
7. TYLER ENNIS, G, SYRACUSE (12.3 PPG, 5.6 APG, 2.0 SPG)
Previous ranking: 6
Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 15.5 ppg, 5.5 apg
Ennis is still very much in the mix for a first-team spot. But he'd built part of his reputation on his late-game heroics. And lately Syracuse hasn't been too hot late in games.
8. C.J. FAIR, F, SYRACUSE (16.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG)
Previous rank: 7
Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 20.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 16-of-39 shooting.
Syracuse lost on Fair's senior day, but it wasn't his fault (28 points, 8 rebounds).
9. RODNEY HOOD, F, DUKE (16.3 PPG, 47.6% FG)
Previous rank: 9
Stats since last ranking: (1 game) 21 points, 4 assists.
Hood went through a bit of a rough patch scoring, but showed against the Hokies that he's back on track. If so, the Hood-Parker 1-2 punch makes Duke a threat to any team in the nation.
10. OLIVIER HANLAN, G, BOSTON COLLEGE (18.2 PPG, 2.9 APG)
Previous ranking: 10
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 20.7 ppg.
Hanlan's worst game of the last three (17 points and just 3-of-10 shooting) came in BC's only win in that stretch. He had 25 in the loss to Pitt and 20 in the loss to FSU? Is it fair to say that Hanlan's performances don't lift his team up around him? Or is it simply that he doesn't have much else around him?
11. JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO, F, (14.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 SPG)
Previous ranking: 11
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 14.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg
McAdoo has turned himself into a very consistent No. 2 option for the Tar Heels. That doesn't scream "lottery pick", but it certainly has helped this UNC team reel off 12 straight ACC wins.
12. RION BROWN, G/F MIAMI (15.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG)
Previous ranking: 12
Stats Since Last Week: (3 games) 17.7 ppg
It's always cool to see a senior save his best basketball for last. Brown has been rolling since putting up 25 against Maryland on Jan. 29.
13. ERIC ATKINS, G, NOTRE DAME (13.9 PPG, 4.8 APG)
Previous ranking: 13
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 18.3 ppg, 6.3 apg.
Atkins bounced back in a big way, but only had one win and two heartbreaking losses to show for his impressive efforts. It's been that kind of a season for the Irish.
14. DEZ WELLS, G/F (14.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG)
Previous ranking: 14
Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 game) 13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg.
Not much to add here.
15. TALIB ZANNA, F, PITT (12.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG)
Previous ranking: 15
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds.
Zanna rediscovered his game at a critical point for the Panthers. He'll need to keep up his production in order for Pitt to get off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament.
(In alphabetical order)
Ryan Anderson, F, Boston College
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