Preseason All-ACC Basketball Picks


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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke All-America guard Jason Williams heads up the
2001-02 All-Atlantic Coast Conference pre-season squad as voted on by
the attending media at the Conference's 40th annual Operation Basketball
held Sunday, October 28, at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in
Greensboro, N.C.


Williams, a 6-2, 195-pound junior was the media's unanimous choice as
the pre-season ACC Player of the year, receiving all 74 votes. Williams
was a consensus first-team All-America selection as a sophomore a year
ago, after becoming the first Blue Devil since Danny Ferry in 1989 to
lead the ACC in scoring with a 21.6 points per game average. The
Plainfield, N.J., product led Duke and was second in the ACC in assists
(6.2) and was the only player to rank among the top 20 nationally in
scoring (15th) and assists (19th).


Joining Williams on the media pre-season first-team are Maryland's Juan
Dixon and Lonny Baxter and Duke teammates Mike Dunleavy and Carlos
Boozer. Dixon led the Terps and was fifth in the ACC in scoring (18.2)
a year ago and has earned first-team All-ACC honors in each of the past
two seasons while Baxter earned second-team All-ACC recognition last
year after averaging 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Dunleavy
earned honorable mention All-ACC honors after averaging 13.3 points and
6.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2000-01. Boozer was also an honorable
mention All-ACC performer last season averaging 13.3 points and 6.5
rebounds.


NC State's Julius Hodge, a 6-6, 180-pound freshman from Bronx, N.Y., was
the media choice for the pre-season ACC Rookie of the Year,
out-distancing North Carolina's Jawad Williams by 20 votes.


2001-02 Media Pre-Season All-ACC Selections

First Team

Jason Williams, Duke 74#

Juan Dixon, Maryland 69

Lonny Baxter, Maryland 58

Lonny Baxter, Maryland 58

Carlos Boozer, Duke 37

Mike Dunleavy, Duke 35



Second Team

Chris Duhon, Duke 24

Roger Mason, Jr., Virginia 24

Jason Capel, North Carolina 14

Josh Howard, Wake Forest 11

Travis Watson, Virginia 11

#Denotes unanimous selection



2001-02 Media Pre-Season ACC Player of Year


Jason Williams, Duke 74



2001-02 Media Pre-Season ACC Rookie of Year



Julius Hodge, NC State 40

Jawad Williams, North Carolina 20

Anthony Richardson, Florida State 5

Chey Christie, Clemson 3

Elton Brown, Virginia 2

Barry Elder, Georgia Tech 1

3 no votes


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