I would say Zeller (POY), Henson (best 2-way player in the league, though Zeller is not far off), Scott and Rivers are - and all should be - locks.
Barnes will probably nab the 5th spot due to rep and attention, though I'm not sure he really deserves it. He has put up solid numbers all year, at least in terms of scoring, but has rarely been dominant or clutch. And to me, Barnes is the least impactful of the Heels' "big four" in terms of overall influence on games and how the team overall plays. I see Marshall and Snaer as more deserving, with Stoglin and Kadji also deserving of consideration.
Count me among the Duke fans who aren't especially bothered by Henson. In fact, i found some of his antics in the first Duke -UNC game almost comical, particularly when he tried to act like some sort of tough guy. Does anyone seriously think he could take anyone on the Duke team, especially Tyler? Not me.
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."
Stones, we talkin' bout stones?
So you don't think Roy has done a good job after losing two starters, and couldn't be considered at least on par with coach K this season because he started with good players... Like making good players better shouldn't count?
Here's some stones for ya....(best Palin voice)
For example, looking at players being coached to improve their games overall, I'll take the continued improvement I've seen in Zeller, Henson and Barnes over the continued improvement, or lack of, in Mason, Miles, and Kelley's games all day. That's coaching, and UNC is winning.
Coach K is a great coach that has been lucky this season with some tough individual play from his players to keep this team from middle of the pack ACC play. I'll give him credit for keeping them in position to be lucky, recognizing they have to bomb away to have a chance, and keeping them tough, that's good coaching, no doubt.
But Roy is coaching well too, and should get at least equal credit for what his team is accomplishing.
Rivalry talk here, and a day off to joust a little,..nobody get all mad.
And then the "they have to bomb away to have a chance"?? Is that to imply that 3-point shooting is somehow not real basketball or is some sort of desperation strategy for this team?
No woofing on Ole Roy and the Heels here, just taking note of your lack of respect for what Coach K and this Duke team have achieved.
And it's not just because there are good players around him. Everybody else had good players around them too all those years.
I think he hurts himself on defense because he paces himself to play extended minutes without a backup. More energy and effort would make his D tougher. He's not a bad defender, he's average, and is up there in league steals.
All said, he does need to improve that D, shoot better, and finish at the rim better. That's a few reasons he won't make first team All-ACC.