Deacs ACC's Preseason Favorite

Wake Forest was the top pick in the media's pre-season poll conducted today at the 43rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Operation Basketball at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center.

The Demon Deacons received 65 of a possible 91 votes for 965 points. North Carolina was second with 13 first place votes and 866 points, followed by Georgia Tech with 836 points and Duke with 746. The Yellow Jackets received 10 first place votes while the Blue Devils registered three first place votes.

Wake Forest sophomore guard Chris Paul edged out NC State's Julius Hodge for pre-season ACC Player of the Year honors by a 38-to-35 count. North Carolina's Marvin Williams was the media's clear cut choice as the pre-season ACC Rookie of the Year, receiving 60 of 87 ballots cast.

Paul and Hodge joined North Carolina's Rashad McCants and Sean May and Duke's J.J. Redick on the pre-season All-ACC team.

2004-05 Pre-Season ACC Poll (1st place votes)
1. Wake Forest (65)	965
2. North Carolina (13)	866
3. Georgia Tech (10)	836
4. Duke (3)	        746
5. NC State	        607
6. Maryland	        605
7. Florida State        414
8. Virginia	        394
9. Clemson	        256
10. Virginia Tech	171
11. Miami	        146

2004-05 Pre-Season All-ACC Team
Chris Paul, So., Wake Forest	     85
Julius Hodge, Sr., NC State	     85
Rashad McCants, Jr., North Carolina  70
Sean May, Jr., North Carolina	     34
J.J. Redick, Jr., Duke	             33

2004-05 Pre-Season ACC Player of the Year
Chris Paul, So., Wake Forest	        38
Julius Hodge, Sr., NC State	        38
Rashad McCants, Jr., North Carolina	 8
Sean May, Jr., North Carolina            3
Justin Gray, Jr., Wake Forest	         2
Jarrett Jack, Jr., Georgia Tech          2
B.J. Elder, Sr., Georgia Tech	         1
J.J. Redick, Jr., Duke	                 1

2004-05 ACC Pre-Season ACC Rookie of the Year
Marvin Williams, North Carolina	60
Sean Singletary, Virginia        7
DeMarcus Nelson, Duke	         5
Marquie Cooke, Virginia Tech	 3
James Gist, Maryland	         3
Isaiah Swann, Florida State	 3
Ra'Sean Dickey, Georgia Tech	 2
Cheyenne Moore, Clemson	         1
Diego Romero, Florida State      1
Cedric Simmons, NC State	 1
Deron Washington, Virginia Tech	 1

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