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Pitt Receives No Recognition in ACC Awards Voting

Pitt Receives No Recognition in ACC Awards Voting

Pitt received no recognition in the postseason Atlantic Coast Conference awards released by the conference on Monday.

Panthers wing Justin Champagnie was not selected for the All-ACC freshman team, despite finishing sixth in scoring average amongst qualified conference freshmen and third in rebounds.

Champagnie’s 12.2 points per game trailed only Duke’s Vernon Carey, Virginia Tech’s Landers Nolley II, Boston College’s Jay Heath, Syracuse’s Joe Girard and Duke’s Cassius Stanley amongst qualified freshmen.

His 7.2 rebounds per game trailed only Carey and North Carolina’s Aramando Bacot.

Carey was named the ACC’s rookie of the year and he, Nolley, Stanley, Florida State’s Patrick Williams and North Carolina’s Cole Anthony were selected to the all-freshman team. Anthony played just 10 conference games this season due to injury.

Duke’s Tre Jones was named player of the year and defensive player of the year. Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton was named coach of the year and Williams was named sixth man of the year. North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks was named most improved player.

Jones, Carey, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora, Notre Dame’s John Mooney and Syracuse’ Elijah Hughes were chosen as first-team All-ACC.

Brooks, Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite, Florida State’s Devin Vassell and Trent Forrest and NC State’s Markell Johnson were on the second team.

The third team was comprised of Anthony, Virginia’s Kihei Clark, Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado, Clemson’s Aamir Simms and Wake Forest’s Olivier Sarr.

The all-defensive team included Jones, Diakite, Forrest, Georgia Tech’s James Banks III and Boston College’s Steffon Mitchell.

ALAN SAUNDERS’S BALLOT

Player of the year

Nwora

Coach of the year

Hamilton

All-ACC

Nwora, Hughes, Carey, Jones, Mooney
Brooks, Johnson, Prentiss Hubb, Nolley, Michael Devoe
Braxton Key, Brandon Childress, Forrest, Alvarado, Mitchell

Defensive player of the year

Forrest

Most improved player

Buddy Boeheim

Sixth man of the year

Williams

Freshman of the year

Carey

All-freshman team

Carey, Nolley, Champagnie, Isaiah Wong, Williams

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They were deservedly shut out. They do not have a standout player that deserves any awards. That is why they finished last again. They are just not good enough yet. Harsh, but true. Hopefully the transfer Horton and Hugley can come in and help. He can really use a grad transfer that can make open shots. They had not a soul that could sink open shots or crack a zone.

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