"This is a credit to our total team effort," says Hansbrough. "My teammates have helped me out all year. It is a great honor to be named one of the top players in the ACC."
Hansbrough is only the sixth freshman in ACC history to earn first-team honors. The previous five include Skip Wise of Clemson in 1975, Kenny Anderson of Georgia Tech in 1990, Joe Smith of Maryland in 1994, Antawn Jamison of UNC in 1996 and Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech in 1996.
"It is very fitting for Tyler to make first-team," says Carolina head coach Roy Williams. "He's had an unbelievable year and has been so important to our team. The wonderful thing about Tyler is his success has not affected him one bit. He's humble and gracious as ever. He has the best work ethic of any freshman I¹ve ever been around."
Tar Heel senior forward David Noel earned second-team All-ACC honors and junior forward Reyshawn Terry was named to the third team. This is the second consecutive year all three members of Carolina's starting frontcourt have been All-ACC selections. Last year, center Sean May was a first-team pick and forwards Rashad McCants and Jawad Williams were third-team choices.
"I am very pleased for David Noel," says Williams. "I would have been more pleased had he been a first-team pick, because he has meant that much to us on and off the court. If people had seen and truly understood what he has meant to us behind the scenes, he may have made the first team.
"I am excited that Reyshawn made the third team," adds Williams. "No one in the ACC has improved as much from last year to this season as Reyshawn has. I hope he will continue to improve, because the sky is the limit for this young man."
Seven different Tar Heels have earned All-ACC (first-, second- or third-team honors) in the last two years. That is the highest number of UNC players selected over a two-year span since the ACC began selecting three teams in 1989-90. The previous high was six in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
J.J. Redick, Duke (108), 324
Shelden Williams, Duke (108), 324
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (108), 324
Craig Smith, Boston College (91), 304
Sean Singletary, Virginia (51), 262
Al Thornton, Florida State, 204
Guillermo Diaz, Miami, 207
Justin Gray, Wake Forest, 194
Jared Dudley, Boston College, 176
David Noel, North Carolina, 127
Eric Williams, Wake Forest, 120
Cameron Bennerman, N.C. State, 106
Robert Hite, Miami, 104
Nik Caner-Medley, Maryland, 84
J.R. Reynolds, Virginia, 54
Reyshawn Terry, North Carolina, 54
Honorable Mention (20 or more points)
Anthony Morrow, Georgia Tech, 41
Alexander Johnson, Florida State, 37
Cedric Simmons, N.C. State, 25
Zabian Dowdell, Virginia Tech, 23
Coleman Collins, Virginia Tech, 21