Blue Devils Picked Fourth In ACC

Duke was selected to finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2004-05 season in a vote by the league's media released by the conference Sunday during the 43rd annual Operation Basketball.

Junior J.J. Redick was selected to the Preseason All-ACC team and also received a vote for Preseason Player of the Year while freshmen DeMarcus Nelson finished third in a vote for Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Wake Forest, North Carolina and Georgia Tech were picked ahead of the Blue Devils, who also received three first place votes. The Demon Deacons received 65 of a possible 91 votes for 965 points.

Wake Forest sophomore guard Chris Paul edged out N.C. State's Julius Hodge for pre-season ACC Player of the Year honors by a 38-to-35 count. North Carolina's Marvin Williams was the media's clear cut choice as the pre-season ACC Rookie of the Year, receiving 60 of 87 ballots cast.

Paul and Hodge joined North Carolina's Rashad McCants and Sean May and Duke's J.J. Redick on the pre-season All-ACC team.

2004-05 Pre-Season ACC Poll (1st place votes)

No.  Team (First Place Votes)  Points
 1.  Wake Forest (65)             965
 2.  North Carolina (13)          866
 3.  Georgia Tech (10)            836
 4.  Duke (3)                     746
 5.  NC State                     607
 6.  Maryland                     605
 7.  Florida State                414
 8.  Virginia                     394
 9.  Clemson                      256
10.  Virginia Tech                171
11.  Miami                        146

2004-05 Pre-Season All-ACC Team

Name, Class, Team                    Votes
Chris Paul, So., Wake Forest            85
Julius Hodge, Sr., NC State             85
Rashad McCants, Jr., North Carolina     70
Sean May, Jr., North Carolina           34
.J. Redick, Jr., Duke                  33

2004-05 Pre-Season ACC Player of the Year

Name, Class, School                  Votes
Chris Paul, So., Wake Forest            38
Julius Hodge, Sr., NC State             38
Rashad McCants, Jr., North Carolina      8
Sean May, Jr., North Carolina            3
Justin Gray, Jr., Wake Forest            2
Jarrett Jack, Jr., Georgia Tech          2
B.J. Elder, Sr., Georgia Tech            1
J.J. Redick, Jr., Duke                   1

2004-05 ACC Pre-Season ACC Rookie of the Year

Name, School                       Votes
Marvin Williams, North Carolina       60
Sean Singletary, Virginia              7
DeMarcus Nelson, Duke                  5
Marquie Cooke, Virginia Tech           3
James Gist, Maryland                   3
Isaiah Swann, Florida State            3
Ra'Sean Dickey, Georgia Tech           2
Cheyenne Moore, Clemson                1
Diego Romero, Florida State            1
Cedric Simmons, NC State               1
Deron Washington, Virginia Tech        1

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