When I sat down to put together these teams I thought it was going to be much easier than it turned out to be. We all know the big names: Hansbrough, Teague, Singler, Rice, Vasquez, etc. Those guys, among others, are the guys you see on ESPN because of their play, their point totals, and their intensity (i.e. Vasquez). That said, after sitting down and looking at each players efficiency ratings and the contributions they make to their teams, two of the players mentioned above didn't even make my 2nd team. That said, I present to you my All-ACC Honors. To be fair, efficiency ratings were taken from within the ACC schedule.
1st Team All-ACC
PG) Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
We all know about Teague's spectacular shooting from beyond the arc and his impressive point totals, but what you may not know is how efficient a player he is. He is the ranked 19th in offensive efficiency, with a value of 114.42. His 20.9 PPG account for 25% of Wake's total scoring and he accounts for more than 21% of Wake's totals in FG made and attempted, FT made (31%) and attempted, 3pt FG made (40%) and attempted, assists, and steals. He is 45th in the country in true shooting percentage, which is great considering how many shots he takes. A 1.1 A/TO ratio isn't good, but for a player expected to score as much as he does, its manageable. These numbers have pushed him past Lawson into his rightful role as a 1st team All-ACC PG and could be close to All-America honors.
SG) Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
Now here is a guy that has BURST onto the scene as, I consider easily, the best SG in the conference. He is 3rd in the conference in offensive efficiency, with a value of 123.8. He accounts for 7.5% or more of all of his teams important statistical categories, including 38.6% of their made FGs, 32,1% of their made FTs, 36% of their made 3pt FGs, 25% of their points, 27% of their assists, and 23.6% of their steals. 18.6 points, 3.7 assists, 4,3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals a game. He's a great player and, with the help of Vassallo, is really carrying this team.
SF) James Johnson, Wake Forest
The small forward crop is relatively weak this year in the ACC, with the exception of Johnson and Duke's Gerald Henderson. I feel like James Johnson is the better of the two, and the numbers support that. He's 10th in the conference in offensive efficiency at 118.24. His 13.6 PPG accounts for 16.3% of Wake's production. What is even more impressive is he accounts for 13% or more of all of Wake's important statistical categories, with highlights in blocks (26.5%), rebounds (17.5%), and steals (19%). 13.6 points, 8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.7 steals is just a stellar line.
PF) Kyle Singler, Duke
Like Johnson, Singler is just another do-it-all forward that contributes all across the stat-line. He ranks 21st in offensive efficiency at 113.13. He also accounts for 18% or more of his teams production in EVERY important statistical category. He highlights this in 3pt FG made (24%), points (21%), and rebounds (19%). His 16.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.8 steals a game have been vital to Duke's success, and without him Duke would be middle of the pack in the ACC.
C) Tyler Hansbrough, UNC
We all know about Tyler Hansbrough. Many of you probably hate him. I actually do not; I love his tenacity and the way he plays. It just won't translate to the NBA very well. That said, there is sufficient reason to put him 1st team this year. He is 11th in efficiency at 117.64 and accounts for 31.9% of his teams made FTs, 19% of UNC's points, and 16.6 % of their made FGs, which is high considering how many FTs he takes. His 21.8 points, and 7.8 rebounds are down from last year, and he doesn't contribute much elsewhere, but he does enough to get first team All-ACC Center honors.
Second Team and All-Freshman after the jump...
2nd Team All-ACC
PG) Ty Lawson, UNC
6th in efficiency at 123.27, and may very well be the second best player in the conference, but is stuck at a loaded position and Teague is just better. That said, his 15.2 points and 6.6 assists acount for 16.4% and 33.4% of his teams totals. Also, 2.3 SPG is great, and accounts for 24.3% of what his team grabs, which is very very good.
SG) A.D. Vassallo, Virginia Tech
Another standout SG, like Delaney, and he just happens to be on the same team. Technically G-F, I cheated and made him a SG for this list. He is 24th in efficiency at 112.09 and he's accounting for 39% of his teams made 3pt baskets, and 22% of their assists, 25% of their points, and 26.3% of their made FGs. 18 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 assists a game.
SF) Gerald Henderson, Duke
Like Singler and Johnson, Henderson contributes at every category, and is 13th in efficiency at 117.02. His 14.8 points a game accounts for 18.5% of Duke's output, and he accounts for 20% of Duke's blocks, 17% of their steals, and 14% of their assists. 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1 block and 1.6 steals a game; Henderson contributes in all aspects of the game. All this at 52% FG shooting.
PF) Trevor Booker, Clemson
Not the highest in efficiency, falling to 45th at 98.9, Booker still is a player that puts up great numbers and has elevated his game this year. His 9.1 rebounds a game accounts for 22.2% of what Clemson reels in, and he makes 23% of their FTs, 18.6 of their points, and 37.8% of their blocks. His all around game is great this year, at 14.8 points, 1.9 assists, 9.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 1.4 steals a game.
C) Ben McCauley, North Carolina State
This was a tough spot to fill, but I really like McCauley's game. He's 25th in efficency at 111.9, and accounts for 18.5% of their points, 18.6% of their rebounds, and check this, 21.6% of their steals. Thats great for a big man. 13.1 points, 1.8 assists, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals a game. N.C. State isn't that good, but they'd be terrible without McCauley down low.
All Freshman Team
PG) Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech
68th in efficiency, at 84.36, 11.7 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals. 37.4% of GT's assists this year have come from Shumpert. Another great PG down in Atlanta to follow Jack and Crittenton.
SG) Reggie Jackson, Maryland
8th in efficiency at 120.3, 8 points, 1.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals a game. Not many good freshman SGs get minutes in the ACC, and he does the most with what he's given.
SF) Sylven Landesberg, Virginia
37th in efficiency at 104.8, he is dominating throughout his freshman year. His 17.1 points a game account for 23% of his team's output. He's also contributing 2.5 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 0.8 steals a game. Check out what he does for his team. 35% of his teams FTs.
PF) Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
50th in efficiency and 95.45, we all know what he brings to the table. 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game is great. 2 assists is good, as is 1.6 blocks a game. He is shooting 52% from the field, but only 10% from behind the arc. 25% of his teams blocks is great.
C) Ed Davis, UNC
I cheated, but no freshman center has contributed like Davis. 42nd if efficiency at 100.84, 7.7 rebounds in 20 minutes a game is phenomenal. He's also putting up 7 points, 2 blocks, and is shooting 52%. Thats 30.8% of UNC's blocks, and 16.5% of their rebounds....in one half.