GREENSBORO, N.C.—University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict's Prep, N.J.) was selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team by a vote of the league's 15 head coaches, the league announced this afternoon. In addition, Talib Zanna (Kaduna, Nigeria/Bishop McNamara H.S.) earned All-ACC honorable mention honors.
The ACC will announce its league Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards on Tuesday.
An All-ACC Second Team selection by the media (ACSMA), Patterson leads Pitt in both scoring (17.6 ppg.) and assists (411) and ranks among league leaders in a variety of statistics including scoring (4th), assists (4th), field goal percentage (8th) and 3-point field goal percentage (4th). While playing a role in 41 percent of Pitt's overall field goals, he has scored 30 or more points two times, 20 or more points 11 times and reached double figure scoring in 29 of 31 contests. An Oscar Robertson and Naismith National Player of the Year Award finalist, Patterson set a school-record with three ACC Player of the Week awards (Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Jan. 27). He was also named the Legends Classic Most Valuable Player.
In his career, Patterson became just the third player in school history to score more than 1,000 points (1,341), grab 500 rebounds (559) and dish out 400 assists (411) in a career. He has tied the school record for most career games played (143) and has started 97 consecutive contests at Pitt.
Also an ACSMA honorable mention honoree, Zanna is averaging 12.5 points per game, ranks second in the ACC and leads Pitt in rebounding (8.3 rpg.) and has converted 56.1 percent (128-228) of his field goal attempts on the season. He has also recorded four 20-point games, 10 double-doubles, 23 double figure scoring games and 11 double figure rebounding games on the year. In 130 career games played, Zanna became the 43rd player in school history to score over 1,000 career points (1,038 currently) and the 21st player at Pitt to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career.
Pitt (23-8, 11-7 ACC) enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed. It begins ACC Tournament play on Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. ET against either No. 12 seed Wake Forest or No. 13 seed Notre Dame. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN.
2013-14 ALL-ACC AWARDS (by vote of the league's 15 coaches)