Virginia fifth-year senior forward Mike Scott earned first team all-ACC honors, the conference announced Monday. He became the second Cavaliers player since 1992 to gain such recognition and was two votes shy of being a unanimous selection.
Scott led the conference in field goal percentage (57.3 percent) this season, while finishing second in scoring (17.9 ppg) and tying for fifth in rebounding (8.3 rpg). He was named the ACC’s player of the week Monday for the fourth time this season, which was a conference-high. The Cavaliers (22-8, 9-7 ACC) will own the No. 4 seed in this week’s ACC tournament in Atlanta.
“He’s had a terrific year,” Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said in a teleconference Monday. “Certainly last year it would have been great to have him, but right now, it’s greater to have him this year. I’m certainly proud of him and his improvement. … He’s had one of those seasons that, as a senior, you certainly hope to have heading into postseason play.”
Also on Monday, the ACC named junior guard Jontel Evans to the conference’s all-defensive team. Evans joined Adam Hall (2001) as the only players in program history to make the ACC all-defensive team, which has been honored since 2000.
Evans tallied 48 steals this season, which ranked No. 4 in the ACC. Only North Carolina forward John Henson and Florida State forward Bernard James earned more votes than Evans in the all-defensive team balloting. That unit was rounded out by Florida State guard Michael Snaer and Clemson guard Andre Young.
Scott was joined on the all-ACC first team by Henson, North Carolina forwards Tyler Zeller (unanimous) and Harrison Barnes and Duke guard Austin Rivers.