Virginia basketball picked to win ACC, UNC’s Brooks named preseason player of year

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North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks (15) maneuvers around North Carolina State’s D.J. Funderburk (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its preseason honors on Wednesday with Virginia being picked to win the conference and North Carolina senior Garrison Brooks being named preseason player of the year.

Virginia earned 97 first place votes from the media – more than double Duke’s 34 first place votes.

Duke’s Wendell Moore

The Tar Heels were picked fourth while N.C. State came in eighth.

Duke and North Carolina are well repreneted across All ACC teams and preseason players of the year.

UNC’s Brooks was far-and-away picked as preseason ACC player of the year with 102 points. Sam Hauser of Virginia was second behind Brooks with 24 points.

Duke’s Wendell Moore and Matthew Hurt also received some points for preseason player of the year.

North Carolina had three freshman receive points for ACC freshman of the year – Caleb Love, Day’Ron Sharpe, and R.J. Davis.

Blue Devil freshman Jalen Johnson and Mark Williams also appeared on the preseason ACC freshman of the year list.

N.C. State’s Cam Hayes – the Wolfpack’s lone representative on preseason lists – received a vote for freshman of the year.

2020 Operation Basketball preseason predicted order of finish

  1. Virginia (97), 2214
  2. Duke (34), 2146
  3. Florida State (15), 1973
  4. North Carolina (7), 1933
  5. Louisville (2), 1693
  6. Syracuse, 1234
  7. Miami, 1223
  8. N.C. State, 1149
  9. Georgia Tech, 1147
  10. Clemson, 1057
  11. Virginia Tech, 794
  12. Notre Dame, 769
  13. Pitt, 635
  14. Boston College, 404
  15. Wake Forest, 229

First-place votes in parentheses; 155 total voters

Preseason All-ACC Team First Team

  • Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 137
  • Sam Hauser, Virginia, 89
  • Scottie Barnes, Florida State, 59
  • Jalen Johnson, Duke, 52
  • Aamir Simms, Clemson, 50
  • Chris Lykes, Miami, 50

Preseason All-ACC Team Second Team

  • David Johnson, Louisville, 46
  • Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech, 43
  • M.J. Walker, Florida State, 38
  • Kihei Clark, Virginia, 37
  • Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 32

Preseason ACC Player of the Year

  • Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 102
  • Sam Hauser, Virginia, 24
  • M.J. Walker, Florida State, 10
  • Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 7
  • Aamir Simms, Clemson, 5
  • Matthew Hurt, Duke, 3
  • Chris Lykes, Miami, 3
  • Kihei Clark, Virginia, 1

Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year

  • Scottie Barnes, Florida State, 64
  • Jalen Johnson, Duke, 60
  • Caleb Love, North Carolina, 9
  • Day’Ron Sharpe, North Carolina, 6
  • DJ Steward, Duke, 4
  • Reece Beekman, Virginia, 3
  • Jeremy Roach, Duke, 3
  • RJ Davis, North Carolina, 3
  • Mark Williams, Duke, 2
  • Cam Hayes, NC State, 1

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