The 2008-09 ACC basketball regular season has come and gone. Donâ€™t forget tickets are still available for the 56th annual ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Hotlanta (assuming you have 20/10 vision and a very nice pair of binoculars). Anyway, itâ€™s time once again for the Ballaâ€™s postseason awards. And the winners areâ€¦â€¦â€¦
All ACC First Team (in order)
Ty Lawson unc
Toney Douglas fsu
Jeff Teague wake
Tyler Hansbrough unc
Gerald Henderson duke
Reserves / 2nd Team
Tyrese Rice bc
Jack McClinton miami
Trevor Booker clemson
K.C. Rivers clemson
A.D. Vassallo Virginia Tech
Water boys / 3rd Team
Greivis Vasquez maryland
Jon Scheyer duke
Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech
Kyle Singler duke
Gani Lawal ga tech
PLAYER OF THE YEAR â€“ Lawson. The unc point guard edges out fsuâ€™s Douglas and last yearâ€™s winner, Hansbrough. Even though Douglas scored 75 more points than the next closest player (McClinton), Lawsonâ€™s numbers are better across the board. He emerged as the leader of the top ranked heels. Always lightning quick, his ability to drive to the hoop and distribute the ball was the difference in several unc wins. Any time a guard shoots better than 50% from the field, thatâ€™s a helluva year.
COACH OF THE YEAR â€“ Al Skinner, boston college. By a nose over fsuâ€™s Leonard Hamilton. Skinner did more with less in my opinion. The lightly regarded eagles beat both unc and duke, and were the only team to win in the Dean Dome this season.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR â€“ Sylvan Landesberg, uva. One of the few bright spots in an otherwise long season for the wahoos. If the name of this award was changed to â€œNewcomer of the Yearâ€ the award would have gone to bcâ€™s Joe Trapani, the vermont transfer.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR â€“ Douglas. Iâ€™m going with Douglas over freshman teammate Solomon Alabi. With all the great guards in the conference this season, it was Douglas who usually had to shut down a high scoring opponent, leading the ACCâ€™s top defensive team along the way. Plus, he didnâ€™t have the benefit of Alabiâ€™s condor-like wing span.
Looking for a job? Facing foreclosure? Need some quick cash? Hereâ€™s how this yearâ€™s tourney will play out:
Round 1: miami over VT, clemson over ga tech, nc state over maryland, bc over uva
Quarters: unc over miami, fsu over clemson, wake over nc state, duke over bc
Semis: fsu over unc, wake over duke
Finals: wake over fsu
You heard it here first. Hell, what do I have to lose? Before the season I predicted the Hokies would be a sweet sixteen team this year.
Letâ€™s just hope the only tornado that comes near the Georgia Dome this year is an improbable run by Delaney, Vassallo, and company. Remember, in last yearâ€™s SEC tournament which started at the Georgia Dome and ended at Alexander Coliseum, the georgia bulldogs pulled off an even bigger shocker to make the NCAAâ€™s.