Brown's spot on the preseason team is her second in a row. She also was named to the squad last year and went on to earn All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament honors for 2001-02. She was joined on this year's preseason team by Duke's Alana Beard and Iciss Tillis, Clemson's Chrissy Floyd and Virginia's Brandi Teamer.
Atkinson's selection marks the second consecutive year that a Tar Heel has been the top vote-getter in that category. Sophomore guard Leah Metcalf was the 2001-02 preseason ACC Rookie of the Year and went on to earn a spot on the ACC All-Freshmen team. Atkinson, a versatile 6-1 player from Bishopville, S.C., was a high school All-America selection and a two-time state champion at Lee Central High School. She and 5-11 guard Jessica Sell are the only freshmen on UNC's 2002-03 roster.
Beard, the Blue Devil junior, was a unanimous selection for preseason ACC Player of the Year. She also was the preseason pick for 2001-02 and went on to earn 2002 Player of the Year honors.
Duke was predicted to win the league crown in 2002-03, drawing all 48 first-place votes from the media in attendance. North Carolina finished second in the voting for the second year. The Tar Heels, 26-9 in 2001-02, return four starters and 12 letterwinners from a team that finished as the ACC runner-up and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
UNC will take the court for the first time this Sunday, Nov. 3, for an exhibition game against Premier Players. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Carmichael Auditorium. The Tar Heels will play another exhibition game on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. then open the season on Nov. 22 with a home game against Davidson.
2002-03 ACC Preaseason Poll
2. North Carolina
4. NC State
6. Georgia Tech
8. (tie) Florida State
8. (tie) Wake Forest