PLAYER OF THE YEAR (voting)
Ty Lawson, North Carolina (31)
Toney Douglas, Florida State (27)
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (13)
Gerald Henderson, Duke (2)
Jeff Teague, Wake Forest (2)
Jack McClinton, Miami (1)
The 2009 ACC Tournament quarterfinal will mark the first time in ACC history that two teammates who have won ACC Player of the Year honors are on the floor at the same time.
Hansbrough and Lawson mark the first time the Tar Heels have won ACC Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons since Larry Miller won in 1967 and 1968. Lennie Rosenbluth and Pete Brennan won in 1957 and 1958, respectively.
Lawson leads the ACC in assists (6.5) and assist-error ratio (3.32 to 1), is tied for first in steals (2.10), is second in three-point field goal percentage (.467), fourth in field goal percentage (.538) and 12th in scoring (15.9 ppg). He is third nationally in assist-error and eighth in assists per game. Lawson scored in double figures in 23 of the last 25 games and has eight 20-point games.
A finalist for the Bob Cousy Award as the top collegiate point guard, Lawson's assist-error ratio is the third-best in ACC single-season history. He has 196 assists and only 59 turnovers and has committed one or fewer turnovers 12 times and two or fewer in 21 of 30 games.
Lawson is averaging 15.9 points and shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, 46.7 percent from three-point range and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. He has the same number of steals (59) and turnovers.
Hansbrough finished in the top three in ACC Player of the Year balloting for the fourth time in as many seasons. The 2008 winner was second behind Duke's JJ Redick in 2006, third in 2007 behind Boston College's Jared Dudley and Florida State's Al Thornton and third in 2009 behind Lawson and FSU's Toney Douglas.
Carolina's ACC Players of the Year
1957 - Lennie Rosenbluth
1958 - Pete Brennan
1960 - Lee Shaffer
1965 - Billy Cunningham
1967 - Larry Miller
1968 - Larry Miller
1976 - Mitch Kupchak
1978 - Phil Ford
1984 - Michael Jordan
1998 - Antawn Jamison
2001 - Joseph Forte (co-winner)
2008 - Tyler Hansbrough
2009 - Ty Lawson