The chips have fallen where they did, so it’s time to take a look back at the best the ACC had to offer this season.
First Team All-ACC
- Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (POY)
- Brice Johnson, North Carolina
- Grayson Allen, Duke
- Cat Barber, NC State
- Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
With 15 ACC teams from which to choose, the normal difficulty of selecting a first team was mitigated by Brogdon, Johnson, Allen and Barber being virtual locks. Brogdon gets the nod for ACC Player of the Year over Johnson for his outstanding defense, but it was a close race. The senior is the best player to suit up for Tony Bennett’s team in recent memory thanks to his incredible efficiency and on-ball defense. It’s certainly possible that these four players end up on several All-American teams, although Barber will lose some votes because of NC State’s lack of success this year. The wild card is Notre Dame’s Jackson. I went back and forth here. The media and coaches chose Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame, but Jackson won the eye test for me. He was a tremendous pure point guard for the Irish this year, and Mike Brey’s team would have likely ended up in the bottom third of the conference without him.
Second Team All-ACC
- Michael Gbinije, Syracuse
- Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
- Anthony Gill, Virginia
- Michael Young, Pittsburgh
- Damion Lee, Louisville
Gbinije, Blossomgame and Gill were head and shoulders above Young and Lee. The first two took on greatly augmented roles this season, playing as deluxe Swiss Army Knives for teams that overachieved.