Monday, October 26, 2009


For the first time in the 41-year history of preseason voting, there is a tie for No. 1. Duke, chosen first on 25 of 48 ballots cast, and North Carolina, recipient of 20 picks for the top spot, each finished with 545 points. Media members attending the ACC’s Operation Basketball on Sunday event cast the ballots.

While the tie is unprecedented, the selection of the Tar Heels and Blue Devils is far from rare. Either UNC (18 times) or Duke (12) had been chosen first in 30 of the previous 40 years of the informal (and non-binding) survey.

A similar oddity occurred in the voting for Player of the Year. Duke’s Kyle Singler, named on 19 ballots, is the predicted winner of the honor even though two other players outpolled him in the All-ACC selection process. Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez was an all-conference choice on 45 of the 48 ballots and Clemson forward Trevor Booker garnered 44 votes. Singler secured 43 votes for All-ACC but won the Player of the Year voting over Vasquez 19-15.

Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors, considered by some as the top freshman in the nation, was the runaway winner in the Rookie of the Year contest. He earned 40 votes; UNC forward John Henson was named on the other eight ballots.

Voting was conducted by media members attending the league’s Operation Basketball event at the Grandover Resort, a conference, hotel, spa and golf facility located less than two miles from the site of the ACC’s founding in 1953.

Here's the predicted order of finish, with first-place votes and total points: Duke (25), 5451. UNC (20), 5453. Clemson, 4094. Georgia Tech (2), 3875. Maryland, 3786. Wake Forest (1), 3157. Florida State, 3148. Virginia Tech, 2739. Boston College, 25110. Miami, 13511. Virginia, 11612. N.C. State, 76
2009 ACC pre-season all-conference team:

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, 45
Trevor Booker, Clemson, 44
Kyle Singler, Duke, 43
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, 24
Ed Davis, North Carolina, 21

2009-10 Player of the Year: Kyle Singler, Duke, 19; Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, 15; Trevor Booker, Clemson, 8

2009-10 Rookie of the Year: Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech, 40; John Henson, North Carolina, 8;

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