For second team, I see things a little differently. Despite Kyrie's awesomeness, I would have to put him second team. It's not that I don't think he's good enough or important enough, but I foresee two alpha dogs on Duke this year with Kyrie a far second.
As for my second team, it would be the following:
-Chris Singleton: He'll pull a Shelden and get back-to-back Defensive Players of the ACC
-Durand Scott: Love his game. He nearly kicked Duke out of the ACC tournament single-handedly. That's impressive.
-Jordan Williams: Someone's gonna have to take a few shots at UMD
-Dorenzo Hudson: Seems to be a popular pick nowadays. Also, he's got game
-Demontez Stitt / Reggie Jackson: the best players on not-go-good-teams-who-could-put-up-great-numbers
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What about Tracy Smith or CJ Leslie of State? Not sure if thats how Smith spells his first name.
Or Iman Shumpert of GT?
N. Smith (DUKE)*
T. Smith (NCSU)
Congrats to Captains Amile Jefferson & Quinn Cook. Go lead this team to nets and hardware fellas!
If UNC finishes in the top four in the league (and they probably will) and Harrison Barnes is their best player (which he probably will be), then Barnes will be first-team All-ACC, regardless of what any other player in the league does this year.
I am reluctant to suggest this, especially since no one else has done so. However, I would not discount Seth Curry from potential Second Team achievement. It is obviously FAR too early to be sure of any of these candidates, however I have a visceral feeling he is going to make very substantial contributions this season.
Duke has nothing to complain about WRT All-ACC selections, especially since Duke had three players in the top seven last year. But my real point is that neither Carolina, State, nor Wake have anything to worry about. There seems to be a persistent state of NC bias in the selections brought about by so many of the voters being from there, and it has existed forever, back to the day when the Big Four were the only decent basketball schools in the ACC. I don't think it's corrupt; I just think the Big Four players are well known to the writers and media guys, both on the court and personally. Moreover, I think it is easy for players in Boston, Tallahassee, Miami, or Blacksburg to get overlooked.