CLEMSON — The ACC released its all-conference teams Monday, a guard-heavy lineup that included Clemson forward Trevor Booker as a second-team, all-conference member.
The first team was comprised of Tyler Hansbrough, Toney Douglas, Ty Lawson, Gerald Henderson and Jack McClinton.
Hansbrough became the first player in ACC history to be unanimously selected four times to the All-ACC team.
Booker was joined on the second team by Jeff Teague, Tyrese Rice, Kyle Singler and Greivis Vasquez.
Here at The Post and Courier's Clemson bureau, we thought we'd offer some objective analysis regarding the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association's first-team picks.
Ty Lawson, guard, North Carolina: First team
Post and Courier view: First team
This point guard led the ACC in assists (6.5 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.32). The lightning-quick guard is also shooting 54 percent from the floor, 81 percent from the foul line and 47 percent from 3-point range. Lawson's overall skills have improved each season and N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe said he believes the guard is the key to UNC attack, not 2008 National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough.
Toney Douglas, guard, Florida State: First team
P&C view: First team
Not only is he considered the best defensive player in the conference, but Douglas is also the second-leading scorer in the ACC. Tough, athletic and skilled.
Jeff Teague, guard, Wake Forest: Second team
P&C view: First team
An explosive guard who is deadly from beyond the arc and can also attack the basket off the bounce, Teague has the second-best shooting percentage by a guard (.493) in the league after Lawson. The sophomore is also in the top 10 in scoring, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. The ACSMA selected Jack McClinton as first-team selection in place of Teague, but Teague was more productive in nearly every category.
Tyler Hansbrough, center, North Carolina: First team
P&C view: First team
There has been some talk that Hansbrough, the reigning National Player of the Year, might not even draw first-team accolades in his own conference. Hansbrough leads the conference in scoring and his numbers are basically in line with his career averages. While his rebounding and free throw attempts are down, he is also averaging three minutes less per game compared to last season.
Gerald Henderson, guard, Duke: First team.
P&C view: Second team
Sure, you can make the case for Henderson, a fine all-around talent. But how do you keep Booker — the conference's leading rebounder and most accurate shooter — off the first team?
Trevor Booker, center, Clemson: Second team
P&C view: First team
Though his lack of size will likely keep him at Clemson for his senior year, according to John Hollinger, Booker is the most efficient player in the ACC. Booker has a diversified offensive game, leads the league in rebounding and is a top-10 shot blocker. Though just 6-7, Booker plays bigger with long arms and explosiveness.
--Post and Courier's Player of the Year: Douglas
The ACC will announce its player of the year in the coming days. No player did as much with as little supporting help in the regular season, at least on the offensive end. Douglas scored 29.8 percent of his team's points, the highest percentage of any player in the league. Add in his leadership and defense, and Douglas has been as valuable as any player in the conference.
--Post and Courier's Most Improved Player: Malcolm Delaney, guard, Virginia Tech. Delaney doubled his points per game and improved his efficiency as a sophomore.
--Post and Courier's Freshman of the Year: Al-Farouq Aminu, forward, Wake Forest: It's more than likely going to be one-and-done for Aminu. At 6-9, the athletic Aminu ranks near the top in rebounding and can score.
--Post and Courier's Defensive Player of the Year: Douglas. A lockdown, on-ball defender, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called him the best defender he has seen this season.
--Post and Courier's Coach of the year: Leonard Hamilton. If you believe success is relative to expectations, then FSU's Hamilton is your guy. The Seminoles earned the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament despite being picked 10th in the preseason poll.
Unless Maryland, Miami or Virginia Tech make a surprise run in the ACC Tournament, it appears they will be left out of the NCAA Tournament field.
Both ESPN.com and Bracketology.com have six ACC teams in the tournament: North Carolina, Duke, Wake, Florida State, Clemson and Boston College.
First Team: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (228), Toney Douglas, Florida State (226), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (224), Gerald Henderson, Duke (210), Jack McClinton, Miami (188)
Second Team: Jeff Teague, Wake Forest (185), Trevor Booker, Clemson (156), Tyrese Rice, Boston College (151), Kyle Singler, Duke (128), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (116)
Third Team: James Johnson, Wake Forest (100), Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech (83), A.D. Vassallo, Virginia Tech (81), Danny Green, North Carolina (48), Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech (46)
Honorable Mention: Wayne Ellington, North Carolina (41) K.C. Rivers, Clemson (33) Sylven Landesberg, Virginia (15)
All-Freshman Team: Sylven Landesberg, Virginia (76), Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest (76), Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech (70), Solomon Alabi, Florida State (59), Ed Davis, North Carolina (55)
All-Defensive Team: Trevor Booker, Clemson (67), Toney Douglas, Florida State (67), Solomon Alabi, Florida State (53), Danny Green, North Carolina (28), L.D. Williams, Wake Forest (26)
1. Tyler Hansbrough, UNC 21.1
2. Toney Douglas, FSU 20.8
3. Jack McClinton, UM 19.7
4. Jeff Teague, WF 19.4
5. A.D. Vassallo, VT 18.8
3-pointer a game
1. Jack McClinton, UM 3.1
2. Terrence Oglesby, CU 2.9
3. Lewis Clinch, GT 2.7
4. A.D. Vassallo, VT 2.4
5. Toney Douglas, FS 2.4
1. Trevor Booker, CU 9.7
2. Gani Lawal, GT 9.4
3. Jeff Allen, VT 8.7
4. James Johnson, WF 8.4
5. Alade Aminu, GT 8.3
1. Ty Lawson, UNC 6.5
2. Tyrese Rice, BC 5.4
3. Inman Shumpert, GT 5.1
4. Greivis Vasquez, MD 4.8
5. Malcolm Delaney, VT 3.8
Ranking the ACC's top players by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
*PER is statistical system created by John Hollinger, which rates a player's per-minute productivity. It takes into account positives like field goals, assists, blocks, rebounds; and negatives such as fouls, turnovers, missed shots ect. (Stats courtesy draftexpress.com)
1. Trevor Booker, Clemson (30.5 PER) Booker leads the league in rebounding (9.7) and shooting percentage (56.9). Does he get enough touches in the Clemson half-court offense?
2. Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (30.3) Hansbrough's numbers are down slightly but he is still an elite frontcourt player.
3. Ty Lawson, North Carolina (29.2) The league's fastest player is also its most productive point guard.
4. Danny Green, North Carolina (26.6) Only ACC player in the top 10 in steals and blocks. Also an effective long-range shooter.
5. Gerald Henderson, Duke (25.5) Multi-dimensional wing can do it all.