UNC picked first in ACC basketball, Tigers ninth

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland junior forward Terence Morris heads up the 1999-2000 All-Atlantic Coast Conference pre-season squad as voted on by the attending media at the Conference's 38th annual Operation Basketball held October 24 in Greensboro.

Morris received 87 of a possible 89 votes and was joined on the first team by North Carolina senior Ed Cota, Wake Forest junior Robert O'Kelley, Duke junior Shane Battier and Georgia Tech senior Jason Collier.

1999-2000 Media Pre-Season All-ACC Selections

(89 ballots)

First Team

Terence Morris, Jr., Md. 87

Ed Cota, Sr., UNC 83

Robert O'Kelley, Jr., WF 77

Shane Battier, Jr., Duke 68

Jason Collier, Sr., GaT 32

Second Team

Chris Carrawell, Sr., Duke 26

Chris Williams, So., UVa 21

Brendan Haywood, Jr., UNC 20

Alvin Jones, Jr., GaT 8

Ron Hale, Sr., FSU 7

Honorable Mention: Kris Lang, So., UNC (6), Anthony Grundy, So., NCS (3), Donald Hand, Jr., Virginia (2), Justin Gainey, Sr., NCS (1), Kenny Inge, Jr., NCS (1), Max Owens, Jr., UNC (1), Damon Thornton, Jr., NCS (1).

In the probable order of finish in the 1999-2000 conference race, North Carolina picked up 74 of the 90 first- place votes and out-distanced second place Duke by a 792-to-712 margin. The Blue Devils garnered 16 first-place votes. Wake Forest was picked third, receiving 577 points. Maryland (481) edged NC State (442) for fourth while Georgia Tech (396) was the media's choice for sixth, followed by Virginia (358), Florida State (179) and Clemson (113).

1999-2000 Media Pre-Season Predicted Team Finish

(90 ballots)

Team Points

1. North Carolina (74) 792

2. Duke (16) 712

3. Wake Forest 577

4. Maryland 481

5. NC State 442

6. Georgia Tech 396

7. Virginia 358

8. Florida State 179

9. Clemson 113

Morris, an honorable mention AP All-America and first team All-ACC as a sophomore a year ago, out-distanced Duke's Shane Battier and Wake Forest's Robert O'Kelley in ACC Player of the Year balloting by 28 votes. One of the most versatile players in the ACC, Morris finished third among league leaders in field goal percentage (.554), third in blocked shots (2.3), fourth in free throw percentage (.825), eighth in rebounds (7.1), tenth in steals (1.6) and tenth in scoring (15.4).

1999-2000 Media Pre-Season ACC Player of Year

(88 ballots)

Terence Morris, Jr., Md. 42

Shane Battier, Jr., Duke 14

Robert O'Kelley, Jr., WF 14

Ed Cota, Sr., UNC 13

Brendan Haywood, Jr., UNC 2

Chris Carrawell, Sr., Duke 1

Alvin Jones, Jr., GaT 1

Chris Williams, So., UVa 1

Joining Morris the first team are North Carolina's Ed Cota who earned second-team All-ACC honors a year ago after averaging a career-high 10.5 points and 7.4 assists. Cota enters his senior season only 330 assists shy of tying the ACC and NCAA career assist record and is bidding to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in assists four times.

Wake Forest's Robert O'Kelley is the league's leading returning scorer after finishing third in the ACC a year ago with a 17.5 per game average . A second-team All-ACC choice in 1998-99, O'Kelley led the Deacs in assists (2.0) and minutes played (35.0).

Duke's Shane Battier tallied 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting .545 from the floor in 1998-99. Battier earned first-team Basketball News All-Defensive Team honors a year ago.

Georgia Tech senior Jason Collier averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds and earned second-team All-ACC honors a year ago after transferring from Indiana.

Duke's Jason Williams led all balloting for the 1999-2000 ACC Rookie of the Year with 47 votes. NC State's Damien Wilkins was second with 26 votes.

1999-2000 Media Pre-Season ACC Rookie of Year

(85 ballots)

Jason Williams, Duke 47

Damien Wilkins, NC State 26

Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Duke 5

Majestic Mapp, Virginia 3

Roger Mason, Virginia 2

Joseph Forte, North Carolina 1

Travis Watson, Virginia 1

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