Analyzed Sports | Stephen Patrick
Anyone ready for some college hoops? The regular season of the Atlantic Coast
Conference starts the weekend of Nov. 10 and the 65th Annual New York Life ACC
Tournament will be played for the second consecutive year at Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, tipping off with first-round games on Tuesday, Mar. 6 and concluding with the
Saturday night championship game on Mar. 10. The conference plays an 18-game,
regular-season conference schedule. Let’s take a look at this upcoming season.
ACC Freshman of the Year
Duke freshman Marvin Bagley was named the ACC preseason freshman of the year.
The 6’,11” Bagley made USA Today’s All-USA First Team as a junior last season before
reclassifying to the class of 2017. ESPN named him the top recruit in the nation.
ACC Player of the Year
Notre Dame senior forward Bonzie Colson was voted ACC Preseason Player of the
Year. The Notre Dame product finished strong during the closing of the 2016-17
season. He scored at least 20 points in eight of 12 games to end the season. He
finished the season averaging a double-double with 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per
game. Colson ranked ninth among all scorers and led the conference in rebounding.
All ACC Team
Colson, Allen and North Carolina’s Joel Berry II lead the Preseason All-ACC First Team.
They’re joined by Duke’s Marvin Bagley and Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers. Berry was
voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, while Lammers was last season’s
ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The Preseason All-ACC Second Team consists of
Miami’s Bruce Brown, Jr., Louisville teammates Quentin Snider and Deng Adel, Georgia
Tech’s Josh Okogie and Boston College’s Jerome Robinson.
The Defending ACC champions Duke Blue Devils lead the preseason media poll
conducted during the league’s annual media conference in Charlotte. The Blue Devils
finished 28-9 last season and won the New York Life ACC Tournament. Duke also
earned its 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and received 57 of 69 first-place
votes in the preseason poll.
The Blue Devils were also tabbed as the favorite prior to last season. The Blue Devils return Grayson Allen (the only starter) while welcoming a highly-rated recruiting class led by forward Marvin Bagley III. Allen, who averaged 13.5 points last season, will be moved from point guard back to his natural position of shooting guard, thanks to the arrival of freshman point guard Trevon Duval. Duke was picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 18th time in the 49-year history of the poll and the 17th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Best of the Rest
Defending NCAA champions UNC Tar Heels (seven first-place votes) placed second in
the polls followed by Notre Dame (four first-place votes), Miami (one first-place vote)
and Louisville. The ACC preseason poll had Virginia sixth, followed by Virginia Tech;
Florida State; and Georgia Tech. Syracuse was picked 10th, while Wake Forest, NC
State, Clemson, Boston College and Pittsburgh rounded out the voting.