Tuesday, March 06, 2007

All-ACC teams 2007

Senior DJ Strawberry was named 2nd team All-ACC this week based off his excellent second half run in league play in which he averaged 16.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. It was the first time since Drew Nicholas (2nd team) and Steve Blake (1st) in 2003 that a Maryland player made 2nd team or better. Strawberry deserved this honor and was possibly the best player in the league over the final six game of the season, while not taking 20 shots a game like some other more heralded players.

I only have two bones to pick regarding the selections. The fact that James Gist was honorable mention All-ACC may not be a travesty but he was behind James Mays, DeMarcus Nelson and Ben McCauley in votes. Gist had more points, rebounds and blocks per game in league play than either Mays or McCauley. Mays and McCauley are fine players who had excellent games during the season but there is no question which player coaches would take if given the opportunity. DeMarcus Nelson!???!

The second bone is that Greivis Vasquez was not selected to the All-Rookie team while Duke's Jon Scheyer made the team. Vasquez played point guard for a team that finished on a seven game winning streak and during the last eight games he averaged 6.5 assists per game. He also scored 12.3 points per game over the last eight games. At Duke he nearly notched a triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 rebounds. Point guard is the most challenging position on the floor, especially for a freshman who had a regular diet of upperclassmen point guards he had to play against. There were some impressive freshmen in the ACC this season but none had a bigger impact and a better result in the win column than Vasquez.

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