Thursday, March 11, 2010

TW ACC Awards

ACC Player of the Year: Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

No player in the conference has the kind of impact on a game like Vasquez. He can score, distribute and rebounds as well as any guard in the conference. There isn’t a guard who has his combination of inside-outside game and ability to score off the dribble and off screens. He is one of the better clutch shooters in the conference as well.

ACC Coach of the Year: Gary Williams, Maryland

It is amazing to think that in the middle of last season Williams was under siege after several recruiting foul ups and a hatchet piece in the Washington Post. Many fans, even me, were wondering if Williams time at Maryland was coming to an end. Since the end of the regular season last year, a depressing loss to Virginia, Maryland has won 15 of the last 19 conference games. Even at the beginning of the season this team didn’t look like a likely NCAA Tournament team but it has been a miraculous turnaround. Even though Williams received a great deal of praise for his coaching last season, mostly because of a weaker roster, I think his game management this year has been better.

ACC Rookie of the Year: Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

A very close race between Favors and Maryland’s Jordan Williams. I give the nod to Favors because his conference scoring numbers are slightly better and he is a much better shot blocker. Williams has a big advantage in turnovers, 18 to Favors 35 in league play. Favors and Williams finished the season very strong and there were no freshman who were close to them in this race.

 

All-ACC Teams

1st Team All-ACC

G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

G Jon Scheyer, Duke

G Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech

F Kyle Singler, Duke

F Trevor Booker, Clemson

 

The first three are fairly obvious though I think Delaney is probably an overrated player. After that Singler had a fantastic ACC stretch after struggling in the early season. He averaged 18.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds in ACC play while shooting 41% from 3-point range. I chose Booker over Aminu, Nolan Smith and Tracy Smith but he isn’t much better than either of those three. Booker has a slightly better all-around game than the other three even though he often tried to go for the spectacular block instead of playing position defense.

2nd Team All-ACC

G Nolan Smith, Duke

G Sylven Landesberg, Virginia

F Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest

F Tracy Smith, N.C. State

F Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

 

Smith has turned into a pure scoring guard who takes a boat load of shots and doesn’t get many assists or rebounds. Even though Landesberg ended the season by getting suspended he had an excellent year though he seemed stifled by Tony Bennett’s system at times. Aminu is a great talent but lacks the maturity and toughness that the best players in the conference possess. His disappearance at the end of the season when the Deacons were swooning is similar to Jeff Teague’s indifference last season. Tracy Smith is probably better than a couple of players in the 1st Team list but he has few credible players along side him at N.C. State and his guards are barely capable of getting him the ball as often as he should get it. Favors may be a bit of a surprise as he has had some up and down moments but the freshman ranks 2nd in field goal %, 2nd in rebounds per game, 1st in blocks and is the 16th best scorer in conference games. To me that ability to dominate in many different areas makes him better than the likes of Chris Singleton or Dorenzo Hudson.

 

All-ACC Defensive Team

F Chris Singleton, Florida State

F Solomon Alabi, Florida State

F Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest

G Sean Mosley, Maryland

G Terrell Bell, Virginia Tech

 

Both Singleton and Aminu are near the top of the conference in steals and blocks. Neither are great one-on-one defenders but they can guard anywhere from a SG through PF with ease. Mosley usually gets the leading scorer for the other team and has normally done a fine job. Bell is Seth Greenberg’s defensive stopper and uses impressive strength and quickness to guard forwards and guards.

 

All-ACC Rookie Team

 

F Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

F Jordan Williams, Maryland

G Michael Snaer, Florida State

G C.J. Harris, Wake Forest

G Durand Scott, Miami

 

There is a big dropoff after the top two players. Williams had a spectacular freshman season and was notching solid performances against the best frontcourts in the conference. Williams doesn’t have much help in the blocks for Maryland, unlike Favors. Snaer, Scott and Harris all showed promise. Scott’s play towards the end of the season was particularly noteworthy. Still all three have a lot of room for improvement in the offseason.

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