Parker, Warren, Paige on all-ACC first team
A Duke program that’s seen so much excellence over the years experienced a rarity on Monday.
On the same day he was named first-team all-ACC, Duke’s Jabari Parker joined Austin Rivers in 2012 as the only two Blue Devils freshmen to be named a first-team all-American.
The Sporting News honored Parker, a 6-8 forward, as one of the nation’s five best players. He’s the only freshman on the team, which also included seniors Doug McDermott of Creighton, Russ Smith of Louisville and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati along with Arizona junior Nick Johnson.
Parker leads Duke with 19.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, having led the ACC with 14 double-doubles during the regular season. He’s posted double-doubles in six consecutive games entering this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
In addition to his all-American honor on Monday, Parker was also named first-team all-ACC by both the media and the coaches. Parker was the lone unanimous selection to the both the coaches and media all-ACC teams.
He was joined on the media’s first-team list by N.C. State forward T.J. Warren, a sophomore from Durham who is the ACC’s leading scorer at 24.8 points per game.
North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige, Syracuse senior forward C.J. Fair and Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels rounded out the media’s first-team group.
Duke’s Rodney Hood and UNC’s James Michael McAdoo were selected to the media’s second team along with Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon, Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis and Pittsburgh senior Lamar Patterson.
The ACC coaches’ first team included Parker, Paige, Brodgon, Fair and Warren.
Hood made the second team while McAdoo was picked to the third team.
North Carolina and Duke were also represented on the ACC’s all-freshman team, voted by the coaches
Parker and Ennis were unanimous selections. UNC’s Kennedy Meeks, Virginia’s London Perrantes and Devin Wilson of Virginia Tech rounded out the team.
UNC’s Paige was named the league’s most improved player in a poll of the coaches. Paige, an ACC all-freshman team pick last season, leads the Tar Heels in scoring with 17.1 points per game. He also averages 4.45 assists and 1.58 steals per game.
Florida State senior Ian Miller, a guard from Charlotte, was named the ACC’s sixth man of the year by the coaches.