Jim Young offers his All-ACC ballot as of Feb. 11.
We're back after taking a break last week. Sorry, but when you've got 14 schools to track for National Signing Day, everything else just takes a back seat.
Plus, I wanted to switch up the timing of this post and the ACC Hoops Power Rankings. I'm moving those to the end of the week, between the mid-week games and the weekend action.
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 (22.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.6 SPG)
Previous rank: 2
Stats since last ranking: (2 games) 24.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 spg.
I voted for Erick Green last season for ACC Player of the Year, over Shane Larkin, and I'm still not sure I made the right call. I feel better about Warren as the ACC's top player right now, even though I won't begrudge anyone who goes with Jabari Parker. This N.C. State team isn't a doormat, as Green's Virginia Tech squad was. It's an NCAA tournament bubble team. And it's in that spot largely because of Warren. Want to know how important he is to the Wolfpack? In State's critical 56-55 win at Miami on Saturday, Warren scored 18 of his team's final 23 points. That's valuable, I'd say. Plus, he's still somehow efficient, despite needing to score so much. He's shooting 47.9 percent in ACC play (fourth best in the league) and 51.7 for the season.
2. JABARI PARKER, F DUKE (19.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG)
Previous rank: 3
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 21.7 ppg, 11 rpg, 1.7 bpg.
Like I said, if you want Parker in the top spot of your ballot, you won't get any argument from me. Despite his slow start in league play, he's now fourth in scoring in ACC games (16.5 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.1 rpg). Given Duke's frontcourt size issues, Parker's contributions on the boards are huge. Speaking of huge, 29 and 16 against BC ... yeah, that'll work.
3. LAMAR PATTERSON, G/F, PITT (17.2 PPG, 4.5 APG, 4.5 RPG)
Previous rank: 1
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 13.3 ppg, 10-of-37 shooting.
Sorry, Lamar. I still love you, but your performance - and the performance of your team - has dipped lately. Failing to score a single point in regulation against lowly Virginia Tech (at home!) was particularly mystifying. So it's goodbye to the top spot, at least for now.
4. C.J. FAIR, F, SYRACUSE (16.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 SPG)
Previous rank: 5
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 17.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg.
One huge game (28 points against Duke), one very good game against Clemson (19 points on 8-of-13 shots against Clemson) and one total dud against Notre Dame (6 points, 2-of-13 shooting). I'm still not quite sure what to make of Fair. For now, his head-to-head performance against Hood moves him past his fellow smooth-shooting lefty forward.
Planning buddy cop show starring Fair and Hood as a pair of smooth lefties who solve crimes and hit jumpers.— Jim Young (@ACCSports) February 2, 2014
5. RODNEY HOOD, F, DUKE (16.5 PPG, 49.4% FG)
Previous rank: 4
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 10.3 ppg, 11-of-30 shooting.
With Parker and Amile Jefferson in serious foul trouble against Syracuse, Hood has his moment to stake his claim as the true alpha dog for the Blue Devils. It didn't happen. Don't get me wrong. I still love Hood. But you can't be the ACC Player of the Year if you're not the top guy on your own team. It's science.
6. TYLER ENNIS, G, SYRACUSE (11.8 PPG, 5.7 APG, 2.2 SPG)
Previous ranking: 6
Stats since last ranking: (3 games) 8. 7 ppg, 7.3 apg, 22 assists, 5 turnovers.
Seriously, the league has expanded to 14 teams, can't we expand first-team All-ACC to six guys? What I love about Ennis is how he never forces things. But at the same time, I look at how good he is late when he looks to score, and I wonder why he doesn't have a little more of that a little earlier in the game. Whatever, his approach is pretty flawless right now.
7. MARCUS PAIGE, G, UNC (17.0 PPG, 4.6 APG)
Previous ranking: 7
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 18.7 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.0 spg.
Paige continues to dish out the ball (6.0 apg over his last five games) and he's bumped up his scoring as well. He's played a large part in UNC's revival.
8. K.J. MCDANIELS, F CLEMSON (16.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.6 BPG)
Previous ranking: 8
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 game) 17.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg.
McDaniels was absolutely huge (26 points) in Clemson's win at FSU, a victory that keeps the surprising Tigers in the NCAA tournament conversation. They wouldn't even be in the CBI conversation if McDaniels wasn't on the squad.
9. MALCOLM BROGDON, VIRGINIA (12.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG)
Previous ranking: 11
Stats Since Last Ranking: (4 games) 15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.8 apg.
The meteoric rise of Malcolm Brogdon continues. He's kept up his scoring (15.2 ppg in ACC play) and also added two 11-rebound games and a 7-assist performance since our last ranking. So yeah, he gets a bump up to the second team.
10. OLIVIER HANLAN, G, BOSTON COLLEGE (18.0 PPG, 3.0 APG)
Previous ranking: 10
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 14.7 ppg.
Maybe the Olivier! We've all been expecting to see finally emerged against Duke. Hanlan scored 25 in that game and looked confident and assertive. Oh, that this version of Hanlan had been present at Notre Dame. Instead, Olivier (no exclamation point) scored just five points - and strangely took just five shots - in BC's wrenching overtime loss to the Irish. It also didn't help that Hanlan's counterpart, Eric Atkins, had 24 in that contest.
11. ERIC ATKINS, G, NOTRE DAME (14.0 PPG, 4.8 APG)
Previous ranking: 12
Stats Since Last Ranking: (2 games) 15.0 ppg, 4.5 apg.
Like a lot of guys in these rankings, Atkins played brilliantly at times (24 points in an overtime win over BC) and ... not so brilliantly at others (9 points on 3-of-10 shooting in a six-point loss to UNC). It's made the rankings this week a bit of a, well, challenge.
12. JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO, F, (15.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG)
Previous ranking: 14
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 15.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 15-of-39 shooting
McAdoo continues to put up numbers - recently kicking his rebounding into gear - and UNC continues to win. He's got the potential to keep rising, particularly if he fares well against Jabari Parker tomorrow.
13. CODI MILLER-MCINTYRE, G, WAKE FOREST (14.4 PPG, 3.8 APG)
Previous ranking: 13
Stats Since Last Ranking: (1 games) 10 points.
In a way, CMM's value has been confirmed since he left Wake's game against Georgia Tech, late in the first half. The Deacs went on to lose that game (a resume tarnisher, to be sure) and then got blown out at Duke, without Miller-McIntyre.
14. TALIB ZANNA, F, PITT (12.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG)
Previous ranking: 9
Stats Since Last Ranking: (3 games) 6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg.
Zanna had a rough time against UVa's big front line, scoring just two points in Pitt's three-point home loss to the Cavaliers. Then he didn't exactly dominate the Hokies' thin front court either. Thus, his slide in the rankings.
15. DEZ WELLS, (15.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG)
Previous ranking: 15
Stats Since Last Ranking: (4 games) 16.0 ppg
Wells has started to do more than just score - he has 10 assists in his last two games - but those seven turnovers in the loss at UNC? Ooof.
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
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