Pack Pride's All-ACC Ballot

Pack Pride writer Austin Johnson has submitted his all-conference picks to the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Here is a glimpse at Austin's ballot with the teams expected to be announced today.

Pack Pride writer Austin Johnson has submitted his all-conference picks to the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Johnson placed NC State forward C.J. Leslie on his second team and Wolfpack point guard Lorenzo Brown was a third-team pick.

Leslie, a sophomore from Holly Springs, North Carolina, was statistically one of the league's top players. He finished the regular season averaging 14.3 points (9th in the ACC), 7.1 rebounds (9th), and 1.7 blocks (5th), while shooting 51.4% from the field (3rd).

He was even better in conference games, averaging 15.3 points (7th), 7.9 rebounds (8th), and 1.3 blocks (9th), while shooting 50.3% from the field (4th).

Brown, a sophomore from Roswell, Georgia, was very good in his first year at point guard. He paced the Wolfpack's offense, which was one of the most efficient in the ACC. Brown averaged 12.5 points (17th), 6.3 assists (2nd), and 1.7 steals, which led the league. His assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), was fourth-best in the league, and Brown's 4.4 rebounds per game led all ACC point guards.

Both players stepped their games up late in the season. Over the last six games of the season, Leslie averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks while shooting 54.3% from the field. Over the same stretch, Brown averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.

Here is a glimpse at Austin's official ballot with the teams expected to be announced today.

Coach Of The Year: Roy Williams, North Carolina

Austin's Analysis: I vote for the coach who wins the league. To me coaching includes recruiting, keeping your kids in school and the actual coaching you do on the court. It all counts, and at the end of the year whoever wins the league has done the best job of all of those things.

Roy managed to convince three lottery picks to come back to school and overcame the loss of a starter but still won 14 games in the league.

Player Of The Year: Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

Austin's Analysis: Mike Scott made this a much tougher call in the last week by putting up back-to-back monster games for Virginia.

Really, I don't think you can go wrong voting for either player but Zeller holds the edge in shooting, offensive rebounding and defense which was enough to push him just ahead of Scott on my ballot.

Defensive Player Of The Year: John Henson, North Carolina

Austin's Analysis: Another easy pick to me, no one influences an opposing team's gameplan like Henson. It's not just the shots he blocks or the rebounds he gets that make him special - its all the shots that aren't even taken because he's sitting in the paint waiting to embarrass would-be scorers.

Rookie Of The Year: Austin Rivers, Duke

Austin's Analysis: Not much suspense here, as Rivers was by far the best freshman in the league.


Mike Scott, Virginia
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Michael Snaer, Florida State
John Henson, North Carolina
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Austin's Analysis: The three obvious guys on the first team were Zeller, Scott and Henson. Zeller and Scott have consistently been the top two players in the league while Henson mixed in a much improved offensive game to his defensive dominance.

Snaer gets the fourth slot on my ballot for being the second or third-best perimeter defender in the league, hitting a ton of big shots for the Seminoles and being an efficient offensive player (even if his overall scoring numbers are below those of Rivers & Barnes).

I had a really tough time separating Rivers and Barnes, as there are reasonable arguments to be made for both, but ultimately I landed on Barnes because he bested Rivers in both rebounds and turnovers while scoring at about the same efficiency (Rivers did not have a big enough gap in assists to make up the difference and both are good but hardly great defenders). Barnes has never lived up to his hype as a two-time preseason All-American, but you have to judge him independent of that hype.

Austin Rivers, Duke
C.J. Leslie, NC State
Terrel Stoglin, Maryland
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Bernard James, Florida State

Austin's Analysis: Let's start with Marshall, since he seems to be the most controversial player in the league. His outstanding passing ability is the perfect fit for Carolina, but I couldn't get past his tremendous defensive problems and poor shooting.

Defense matters on my ballot, which is why Bernard James makes the second team for being a dominant post defender and solid low-post scorer for the Seminoles.

Stoglin, despite leading the league in scoring, didn't produce at an efficient level and like Marshall is something of a defensive liability.

Rivers, as mentioned above, was nearly a 1st team guy for me due to his scoring ability and underrated defense for the Blue Devils.

Leslie went from not on my midseason ballot at all to the second team thanks to a tremendous second half of the league season – he shot the ball better, rebounded more and cut down on his turnovers.

Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Lorenzo Brown, NC State
Seth Cury, Duke
Kenny Kadji, Miami
Tanner Smith, Clemson

Austin's Analysis: Brown and Green were both obvious choices for me, and I would argue that if you put Marshall on your ballot then Brown has to be on it as well.

Brown isn't the passer that Marshall is but he's a more effective scorer, rebounder and defender. Green spent most of the season on my second team but had a horrendous final few weeks and fell to the third team.

Kadji and Curry made the cut for their efficient scoring while Tanner Smith makes it for being a versatile player and excellent defender for Clemson.

The toughest guys to leave off my ballot were Andre Young, Durand Scott and C.J. Harris. I think all have great cases for the third team, but they all fell just short for me.


Austin Rivers, Duke
Ryan Anderson, Boston College
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Shane Larkin, Miami
Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech


John Henson, North Carolina
Jontel Evans, Virginia
Bernard James, Florida State
Tanner Smith, Clemson
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

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