Midseason All-ACC

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North Carolina fans will no doubt be thrilled to learn that for the second straight year, I don’t hold an all-conference vote.

It is, to say the least, the best decision for all parties. That is probably a legitimately unanimous opinion, unlike some other things.

But even without a vote, I do have a bye week and some time to kill. So how about a relatively mid(conference)season all-league team?

One ground rule: The teams as compiled need to be a group that could plausibly be on the floor at the same time. So no five-guard sets, and no teams with four 6-8 guys. That just won’t happen.

Anyway, here’s one very quick take:

FIRST TEAM

G Ty Lawson (UNC): 15.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.6 apg
G Jeff Teague (WF): 20.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 51.5 3FG%
G Toney Douglas (FSU): 20.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 spg
F Kyle Singler (DU): 15.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg
F Tyler Hansbrough (UNC): 22.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 52.2 FG%

* The numbers give a slight edge to Singler over teammate Gerald Henderson, but the visual evidence sure suggests Henderson is really good. I’m also having a hard time with the idea of leaving Jack McClinton off the first team, though anyone who has watched Florida State play has a good understanding of just how valuable Toney Douglas is for the Seminoles. Here’s guessing he’s the guy squeezed out by good players from the state of North Carolina at this time next month.

SECOND TEAM

G Tyrese Rice (BC): 17.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg
G Malcolm Delaney (VT): 18.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg
G Jack McClinton (THE U): 19.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 47.1 3FG%
F Gerald Henderson (DU): 15.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 apg
F Trevor Booker (CU): 14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 55.7 FG%

* What to do with Danny Green? He really has been better than most people realize, even if the numbers are not ultra-gaudy. The senior is certainly enjoying his best season.

THIRD TEAM

G Greivis Vasquez (UM): 16.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.7 apg
G Wayne Ellington (UNC): 15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.7 apg
G A.D. Vassallo (VT): 18.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.9 apg
F Danny Green (UNC): 13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 51.3 FG%
F Gani Lawal (GT): 15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg

* A couple guys snubbed here that are only a couple huge games away from vaulting into second-team contention: Clemson’s K.C. Rivers, Wake Forest’s James Johnson, Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen, N.C. State’s Brandon Costner and maybe Sylven Landesberg of Virginia.

The reality is, it seems pretty clear who the 10 best guards in the league are. Leave off Vasquez or Rivers at your own peril, but it’s tough to argue with the eight other guards mentioned.

It’s tougher to differentiate the forwards, especially since Henderson and Green are undersized compared to the rest of the competition.

So, who’s missing or out of place? It’ll be tough to tell until the next four weeks are over,.

Patrick Stevens

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