The ACC: 1965-1974 All-Era

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ACC’s all-era teamsMcMillenBurlesonSouth CarolinaCharlie DavisLarry MillerNorm SloanDean SmithNorth CarolinaF David ThompsonMarylandC Len ElmoreN.C. State
First team\ \ \ PG John Roche, South Carolina (22.5 points, 82.1 FT percentage)\ SG Charlie Scott, North Carolina (22.1 points, 7.1 rebounds)\ F David Thompson, N.C. State (26.8 points, 46-inch vertical leap)\ F Tom McMillen, Maryland (20.5 points, 9.8 rebounds)\ C Tom Burleson, N.C. State (19.0 points, 12.7 rebounds)\ \ \ Second team\ \ \ G Charlie Davis, Wake Forest (24.9 points, 86.2 FT percentage)\ F/G Larry Miller, North Carolina (21.8 points, 9.2 rebounds)\ F Bobby Jones, North Carolina (13.7 points, 60.8 FG percentage)\ C Len Elmore, Maryland (11.8 points, 12.2 rebounds)\ C Tom Owens, South Carolina (15.8, 13.3 rebounds)\ \ \ Coach: Dean Smith (four ACC titles, four Final Fours)
David Thompson is the best player in ACC history.\ \ \ Billy Jones of Maryland was the first black player in ACC history, but Charlie Scott was the first great one. John Roche is the point guard.\ \ \ Tom McMillen, Tom Burleson and Len Elmore were the top post players of the era. McMillen was class of them, and Burleson usually outplayed Elmore in individual matchups.\ \ \ Elmore and Tom Owens are the posts on the second team.\ \ \ Larry Miller was an accomplished player — a consensus All-American, two-time ACC player of the year. But he played before the conference was fully integrated. Charlie Davis is the point.\ \ \ Bobby Jones was the era’s best defensive player, a basketball Swiss Army knife like John Havlicek or Scottie Pippen.\ \ \ Smith was the easy choice as coach. He was 116-40 (.744) in ACC games, including the conference tournament.\ \ \ A somewhat apocryphal story: When Norm Sloan led N.C. State to a 57-1 record and a national championship over two seasons, the rebuttal went — just think what Dean would have done with that team.
Patrick Stevens

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