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THE BIG COUNTDOWN: All-ACC preseason teams, rankings announced

Here’s how the media think the ACC accolades and standings will shake out this season.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Media Day Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

As part of the proceedings that go along with ACC Basketball Media Day, the participating media are asked to fill out ballots for preseason accolades. Preseason Player and Rookie of the Year were selected, as were the All-ACC team and predicted standings.

Unsurprisingly, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora and North Carolina’s Cole Anthony were picked as Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Duke is the preseason favorite to win the conference, followed by North Carolina, Louisville, and Virginia. This is the fourth straight season that the Blue Devils have been picked to finish first, and sixth time in the last seven years.

Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite earned a spot on the preseason All-ACC team, and picked up two votes for Player of the Year. First year Casey Morsell got three votes for Rookie of the Year.

You can see the ballot I submitted here.

Here are the full results.

All-ACC Team

First Team

Jordan Nwora, Louisville
Tre Jones, Duke
John Mooney, Notre Dame
Cole Anthony, North Carolina
Mamadi Diakite, Virginia

Second Team

Markell Johnson, NC State
Vernon Carey Jr., Duke
Chris Lykes, Miami
Garrison Brooks, North Carolina
Trent Forrest, Florida State

Player of the Year

Jordan Nwora, Jr., F, Louisville

Rookie of the Year

Cole Anthony, Fr., G, North Carolina

Predicted Order of Finish:

  1. Duke (51 first place votes)
  2. North Carolina (19)
  3. Louisville (29)
  4. Virginia (12)
  5. Florida State
  6. NC State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Syracuse
  9. Miami
  10. Pitt
  11. Clemson
  12. Georgia Tech
  13. Boston College
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Wake Forest

The season gets underway for the reigning National Champion Cavaliers on November 6 as Virginia travels to Syracuse.