North Carolina was chosen Wednesday to finish atop the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball standings, and UNC's Harrison Barnes was selected the conference's preseason player of the year, according to a vote by media members gathered at the ACC Operation Basketball event.
Barnes, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound sophomore forward who averaged 15.7 points per game last season, was a unanimous selection to earn all-conference honors - earning votes from all 59 voting media members. Virginia senior forward Mike Scott also earned a spot on the preseason All-ACC team, which included six members because Scott and Duke's Seth Curry tied for the final spot on what would normally be a five-member team.
Scott is the first U.Va. player to earn preseason All-ACC honors since guard Sean Singletary was selected entering the 2007-08 season. Singletary also received four votes for preseason All-ACC player of the year heading into that season.
U.Va. was selected to finish fourth in this season's conference standings, while Virginia Tech was predicted sixth. Here's a rundown on how the complete voting went:
Preseason All-ACC team: Barnes, 59 votes*; John Henson, UNC, 47; Tyler Zeller, UNC, 46; Malcolm Grant, Miami,32; Curry, 20; Scott, 20*unanimous
Preseason player of the year: Barnes, 57 votes; Henson, 2
Predicted order of finish: 1. UNC (57 first-place votes); 2. Duke (2 first-place votes); 3. Florida State; 4. U.Va.; 5. Miami; 6. Virginia Tech; 7. Clemson; 8. N.C. State; 9. Maryland; 10. Georgia Tech; 11. Wake Forest; 12. Boston College