Diaz Selected to Preseason All-ACC Team

Junior guard Guillermo Diaz was named a Preseason All-ACC selection and the University of Miami men's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Preseason Poll as selected by members of the media at the league's 44th annual Operation Basketball.

Diaz, a 2004-05 All-ACC Second Team selection, is joined on the preseason team by J.J. Redick (Duke), Shelden Williams (Duke), Craig Smith (Boston College) and Justin Gray (Wake Forest). Redick was also selected as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year while North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough was named ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Duke was unanimously selected to capture the ACC title after receiving all 87 first-place votes. ACC newcomer Boston College was picked to finish second, followed by Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Maryland rounds out the top five.

The Hurricanes will play their first exhibition game on Nov. 5 against Nova Southeastern and will kick off the regular season against Texas-Arlington at the BCA Classic on Nov. 13.

Men's Basketball ACC Preseason Poll

1. Duke (87) 1,044*

2. Boston College 918

3. Wake Forest 791

4. NC State 744

5. Maryland 707

6. North Carolina 573

7. Miami 540

8. Virginia Tech 451

9. Georgia Tech 380

10. Clemson 230

11. Florida State 216

12. Virginia 192

Preseason All-ACC

J.J. Redick, Duke-87*

Shelden Williams, Duke-87*

Craig Smith, Boston College-73

Guillermo Diaz, Miami-59

Justin Gray, Wake Forest-57

*Denotes unanimous vote

Preseason Player of the Year: J.J. Redick, Duke

Preseason Rookie of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina

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