Virginia became just the second regular season champion in ACC history to not have one player selected to the all-conference first team by the media. However, redshirt sophomore Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia’s leading scorer this year, was named first-team all-ACC by the league’s coaches.
Brogdon is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season, the only player in the conference to score in double figures in every ACC game. Though he was the leading vote-getter on the media’s second team, Brogdon finished 11 votes behind Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels for first-team honors.
Duke’s Jabari Parker, North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren, North Carolina’s Marcus Paige and Syracuse’s C.J. Fair were named to the first team by both media and coaches.
Virginia senior Joe Harris, a first-team selection a year ago, was named to the second team by the coaches. He was voted to the third team by the media. Harris’s scoring dipped nearly five points per game (from 16.3 to 11.4) this season as he blended in with a more balanced roster.
But Virginia’s best ACC run since Ralph Sampson’s days in Charlottesville did not go completely overlooked by media members doling out individual awards.
Virginia guard Justin Anderson, an All-Met from Montrose Christian, won the ACC’s first sixth man of the year award, beating out Florida State’s Ian Miller and North Carolina’s Brice Johnson in voting. The Montross, Va., native averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds coming off the bench in all but five games this season, and contributed several game-changing blocks when the Cavaliers racked up 13 wins in a row before Sunday’s loss at Maryland.
Senior forward Akil Mitchell, a third-team selection last season and an honorable mention this year, also earned a spot on the conference’s all-defensive team.
Point guard London Perrantes, owner of the ACC’s best assist-to-turnover ratio during league games, was named to the all-ACC freshman team along with Virginia Tech’s Devin Wilson.
A year after Maryland had no player named to any of the three all-conference teams for the first time in 20 seasons, Terrapins guard Dez Wells was voted to the third team.
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.
Alex Prewitt contributed to this report.