After scores of Athletic Coast Conference games viewed in person (12), live (more than 20), or on DVR (another 25+), below is the official Irish Illustrated ACC Awards for 2015.
F - Malcolm Brogdon (UVA): As Mike Ditka once mused, "Stats are for idiots." Brogdon is Exhibit A in support of that theory. Solid on both ends of the floor, and as Irish head coach Mike Brey is fond of saying, "He's a man."
F - Montrezl Harrell (Louisville): Outstanding finisher at the rim, defends the paint, and is versatile enough to stay with shooting guards and swingmen on perimeter switches.
C - Jahlil Okafor (Duke): A dominant offensive force and the NBA's No. 1 pick this summer. Tremendous quickness and body control at more than seven-feet tall.
G - Jerian Grant (ND): Paging Kemba Walker. Mr. Kemba Walker to the front, please…
G - Tyus Jones (Duke): On the stat sheet, the media vote placed Jones on the third team. Watching Tyus Jones play basketball renders that vote moot. The true freshman Jones is the second-best guard in the ACC.
C - Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse): Third-leading scorer, fourth-leading rebounder, but not more of an impact player than Harrell.
G - Justin Anderson (UVA): A first-team lock if not for a broken finger followed by emergency appendectomy (eight+ games missed). Hit 48 percent of his three-point shots.
G - Quinn Cook (Duke): Among the most improved overall players and the league's best free-throw shooter. Confidence is off-the-charts and he can defend with the best.
G - Olivier Hanlan (BC): Led the league in scoring and has the ability to go OFF at times…
G - Trevor Lacey (NC State): Physical, natural scoring guard will pose problems for ACC and NCAA Tournament foes…
F - Justise Winslow (Duke): The pending X-Factor in Duke's NCAA Championship hopes. Few were better in February.
F - Pat Connaughton (ND): Where would the Irish be without their best rebounder, shooter?
F - Brice Johnson (UNC): Plastic-man ranks among the most athletic bigs in the nation…
G - Marcus Paige (UNC): Fall from grace as a potential NCAA player-of-the-year candidate at the season's outset.
G - Terry Rozier (Louisville): Tough a nails and the numbers were there (17 points, 2 steals per) but so too was an eye opening number of field goal attempts. (Keep it in the holster once-in-awhile.)
F - Anthony Gill (UVA)
F - Michael Young (Pitt)
F - Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson)
F - Sheldon McClellan (Miami)
F - Jamel Artis (Pitt)
C- Tonye Jekiri (Miami)
C - Kennedy Meeks (UNC)
G - Codi Miller-McIntyre (Wake Forest)
G - Xavier Rathan-Mayes (FSU)
G - Angel Rodriguez (Miami)
G - London Perrantes (UVA)
G - Ralston Turner (UNC)
G - Demetrius Jackson (ND)
Quickest off the bounce: Angel Rodriguez, Tyus Jones
Top Interior Defender: Virginia's basketball team, NC State's Beejay Anya, Clemson's Landry Nnoko
Top Perimeter Defender: Malcolm Brogdon
Best with the Ball: Jerian Grant
Best in the Post: Jahlil Okafor
Underrated: Malcolm Brogdon
Worst Guy to Fight: Georgia Tech's Demetrius Cox
Top Shooters: Justin Anderson, Quinn Cook, Pat Connaughton, Demetrius Jackson, Trevor Lacey,
Top Playmakers: Jerian Grant, Tyus Jones
Don't Let Them Get Hot: Olivier Hanlan, FSU's Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Trevor Lacey, Jerian Grant, Syracuse's Trevor Cooney, Duke's perimter players...
Best Dunker: Come on, Man. J.P. Tokoto
Most Improved (from last season): Justin Anderson, Demetrius Jackson, Jerian Grant, Quinn Cook.
Most Improved (early-season to today): Bonzie Colson