March 5, 2012

Three Heels make first-team All-ACC

Greensboro, N.C. (AP, ACSMA) - North Carolina placed its entire starting frontcourt on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.

The All-ACC teams were announced Monday after a vote of 62 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), which includes Tar Heel Illustrated publisher Adam Powell.

Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes represent the regular-season champion Tar Heels, and they were joined by Virginia's Mike Scott and Duke's Austin Rivers.

Zeller, the only unanimous selection, ranks fifth in scoring (16.3) and second in rebounding (9.3). Henson leads the league with averages of 10.3 rebounds and three blocks. Barnes is third in scoring, averaging 17.4 points.

North Carolina is the second team in league history with three first-teamers and first since Duke in 2002.

Rivers is the seventh freshman to make the first team and first since Tyler Hansbrough in 2006.

Scott made a league-best 57.3 percent of his shots.

The Tar Heels beat Duke over the weekend to claim the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed for the league tournament that begins Thursday in Atlanta.

A fourth Tar Heel, point guard Kendall Marshall, and the league's leading scorer, Maryland's Terrell Stoglin, made the second team. They were joined by Florida State's Michael Snaer, Virginia Tech's Erick Green and N.C. State's C.J. Leslie.

Marshall averaged 9.6 assists - matching the highest in league history - while Stoglin scored 21.2 points per game.

The third team consists of Duke's Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee, Wake Forest's C.J. Harris, N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown and Miami's Kenny Kadji.

Henson and Snaer were joined on the all-defensive team by Florida State's Bernard James, Virginia's Jontel Evans and Clemson's Andre Young.

The all-freshman team consisted of Rivers, Boston College's Ryan Anderson, Virginia Tech's Dorian Finney-Smith, Miami's Shane Larkin and Maryland's Nick Faust.

Henson was listed on 61 ballots for the all-defensive team while Rivers and Anderson appeared on 61 ballots for the all-freshman team.

The league will announce its individual award winners - player, coach, rookie and defensive player of the year - on Tuesday.

First-team votes were worth three points, with second-team votes worth two points and third-team votes worth one point:

FIRST TEAM

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (186)
Mike Scott, Virginia (184)
John Henson, North Carolina (170)
Austin Rivers, Duke (164)
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina (153)

SECOND TEAM

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (151)
Terrell Stoglin, Maryland (131)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (127)
C.J. Leslie, NC State (99)
Erick Green, Virginia Tech (70)

THIRD TEAM

Seth Curry, Duke (65)
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest (57)
Lorenzo Brown, NC State (52)
Kenny Kadji, Miami (45)
Mason Plumlee, Duke (43)

HONORABLE MENTION

Bernard James, Florida State (42); Andre Young, Clemson (35); Travis McKie, Wake Forest (26); Durand Scott, Miami (26).

ACC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM*

John Henson, North Carolina (61)
Bernard James, Florida State (54)
Jontel Evans, Virginia (39)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (31)
Andre Young, Clemson (29)

ACC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM*

Austin Rivers, Duke (61)
Ryan Anderson, Boston College (61)
Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech (53)
Shane Larkin, Miami (43)
Nick Faust, Maryland (41)





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