Terps guard Dez Wells named third team all-ACC


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Maryland guard Dez Wells was voted to the all-ACC third team by members of the media Monday afternoon, the second player under Coach Mark Turgeon to earn conference honors. Wells received 45 total points, ranking him 14th among ACC players but comfortably ahead of Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller, the last player to avoid honorable mention.

Wells finished the regular season 10th in the ACC with 14.8 points per game and has strung together a balanced season with averages of 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He has reached double-digit scoring in 16 of 18 conference games, including a career-high 33 in the opener against Boston College last December.

“He’s been my most consistent, best player throughout,” Turgeon said on the ACC coaches teleconference. “Dez has a lot more to do here in his time, but he has been our most consistent player to this point. There’s been times where he puts us on his back. He’s been our best road player, most of the time our best big-game player.”

Last season, only Alex Len was named honorable mention for Maryland, the first time the Terps had no all-conference players in 20 years. Wells eventually was named to the all-ACC tournament team after averaging 21.7 points on 57.9 percent shooting over three games, when Maryland reached the semifinals. The Terps begin play in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday against Florida State at Noon.

On Sunday, Wells scored 18 points on seven field-goal attempts in Maryland’s overtime upset over No. 5 Virginia.

“It gives us a lot of momentum,” Wells said after. “We play our best in tournament games. That’s been shown for us. But we have to go out there and execute and defend like we know we can and keep this momentum going.”

The full all-ACC team, all-rookie team and all-defensive team is below. The coaches team, as well as players of the year and such, will be announced later. First-team votes are in parentheses, with total votes after. Per company policy, Washington Post writers are not allowed to vote for awards.

FIRST TEAM

Jabari Parker, freshman, Duke, 231 (77).

T.J. Warren, sophomore, N.C. State, 231 (77).

Marcus Paige, sophomore, North Carolina, 223 (69).

C.J. Fair, senior, Syracuse, 200 (47).

K.J. McDaniels, junior, Clemson, 199 (46).

SECOND TEAM

Malcolm Brogdon, sophomore, Virginia, 170 (35).

Lamar Patterson, senior, Pittsburgh, 158 (10).

Tyler Ennis, freshman, Syracuse, 156 (13).

Rodney Hood, junior, Duke, 148 (4).

James Michael McAdoo, junior, North Carolina, 103 (2).

THIRD TEAM

Olivier Hanlan, sophomore, Boston College, 101 (3).

Joe Harris, senior, Virginia, 79 (1).

Rion Brown, senior, Miami, 52.

Dez Wells, junior, Maryland, 45.

Daniel Miller, senior, Georgia Tech, 34.

HONORABLE MENTION (10 POINTS OR MORE)

Eric Atkins, senior, Notre Dame, 30.

Talib Zanna, senior, Pittsburgh, 28.

Aaron Thomas, sophomore, Florida State, 27.

Akil Mitchell, senior, Virginia 17.

Jerami Grant, sophomore, Syracuse, 15.

Ryan Anderson, junior Boston College, 10.

ALL-FRESHMAN 

Ennis, 77.

Parker, 77.

London Perrantes, Virginia, 66.

Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina, 60.

Devin Wilson, Virginia Tech, 55.

ALL-DEFENSIVE 

McDaniels, 66.

Daniel Miller, 60.

Mitchell, 51.

Ennis, 38.

J.P. Tokoto, sophomore, North Carolina, 18.

MOST IMPROVED 

Paige, 27.

Warren, 15.

Brown, 14.

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR 

Justin Anderson, sophomore, Virginia, 29.

Ian Miller, senior, Florida State, 17.

Brice Johnson, sophomore, North Carolina, 13.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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