Three Heels on All-ACC First Team

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes earned 2012 first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and Kendall Marshall made the second team in voting announced today by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

It is the first time in UNC history and only the second time in ACC history three players from one school are on the first team.

This is the third time that four Tar Heels have finished among the top 10 players in All-ACC voting. In 1972, Robert McAdoo and Dennis Wuycik made the first team and Bill Chamberlain and George Karl were on thesecond team. In 1998, Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter were first team selections and Ed Cota and Shammond Williams made the second team.

The 2012 Tar Heels are the first team in ACC history to have four of the top six vote-getters in the league's all-conference balloting (Zeller one, Henson three, Barnes five and Marshall six).

This is the 23rd time the Tar Heels have placed multiple players on the All-ACC first team and the third time under head coach Roy Williams. UNC had two first-team selections in 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2009 and 2012.

The Tar Heels won the ACC regular-season with a 14-2 league record and are the number one seed in this week's ACC Tournament in Atlanta.

"We are ecstatic about this announcement," says Williams. "I have always felt the teams that win should get the awards, but it's driven by great player performances and that's what they have done. To go 14-2 in the league against what proved to be the most demanding schedule is really a great accomplishment for our players. I'm happy for them, and hopefully they will be hungrier to do even more."

Zeller, a senior from Washington, Ind., was the leading vote getter and only unanimous selection on the 2012 All-ACC team. He leads the Tar Heels in field goal percentage (.549) and is second in scoring (16.3), rebounds (9.3), free throw percentage (.803) and blocks (44). In ACC play, he leads the league in field goal percentage (.569) and offensiveboards (4.0), is second in rebounds (9.7), third in scoring (18.5) and sixth in free throw percentage (.833). He is second among ACC players with 11 double-doubles.

Henson, a junior from Tampa, Fla., also made the league's All-Defensive team for the second straight year. Henson is the only player in the ACC averaging a double-double in points (14.2) and rebounds (10.6) and leads the conference in rebounding, blocked shots (3.0 per game) and double-doubles (16). Henson also is fourth in the league in fieldgoal percentage and 10th in scoring.

Barnes, a sophomore from Ames, Iowa, leads the Tar Heels in scoring at 17.4 points per game, the third-highest figure in the ACC. Barnes has scored 20 or more points 12 times this year, including seven times in conference play. He leads the Tar Heels in three-point percentage.

Marshall, a sophomore from Dumfries, Va., is the top vote-getter on the second team. He set the UNC single-season record for assists with 299, just four shy of the ACC's single-season record. Marshall leads the nation in assist-error ratio and is second in assists per game at 9.65 per game, which ties the best mark in ACC history. His assist-error ratio of 3.60 is also the best in ACC history.

Barnes, Henson and Zeller were second-team All-ACC selections in 2011 and Marshall made the third team.

The only other time three players from one school made the first team was in 2002 (Duke's Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer).

The All-ACC teams, as announced Monday by ACC following a vote of 62 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). First-team votes were worth three points, with second-team votes worth two points and third-team votes worth one point:

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (186)
Mike Scott, Virginia (184)
John Henson, North Carolina (170)
Austin Rivers, Duke (164)
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina (153)

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (151)
Terrell Stoglin, Maryland (131)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (127)
C.J. Leslie, NC State (99)
Erick Green, Virginia Tech (70)

Seth Curry, Duke (65)
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest (57)
Lorenzo Brown, NC State (52)
Kenny Kadji, Miami (45)
Mason Plumlee, Duke (43)

Bernard James, Florida State (42); Andre Young, Clemson (35); Travis McKie, Wake Forest (26); Durand Scott, Miami (26).

John Henson, North Carolina (61)
Bernard James, Florida State (54)
Jontel Evans, Virginia (39)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (31)
Andre Young, Clemson (29)

Austin Rivers, Duke (61)
Ryan Anderson, Boston College (61)
Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech (53)
Shane Larkin, Miami (43)
Nick Faust, Maryland (41)

* One voter did not vote for the all-defensive or all-freshman teams.

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