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Pitt’s Justin Champagnie Named First-Team All-ACC, Finishes 2nd in POY Voting

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Pitt wing Justin Champagnie has been named a first-team All-ACC selection, the league announced on Monday, but tied for second in the ACC Player of the Year voting.

Champagnie is the first Pitt player to be named all-conference since the team joined the league in 2013.

The rest of the first-team all-league selections are Georgia Tech’s Moses Wright, Duke’s Matthew Hurt, Virginia forward Sam Hauser and Louisville guard Carlik Jones.

“It is an honor to receive all-conference honors,” Champagnie said in a press release. “I appreciate Coach Capel and the rest of the staff for pushing me and helping me throughout this season. I also wouldn’t be in this position without great teammates who give me the confidence to go out and be myself on the court. We want to continue to compete together and finish our season strong.”

Champagnie led the ACC in rebounding at 11.1 per game and also in double-doubles with 13. He finished second in the league in scoring with an 18.4 points per game average. He was also amongst the league’s leaders in field goal percentage, blocks and minutes played.

Champagnie is the first Pitt player to be named a first-team All-ACC player. Michael Young (third team) and Jamel Artis (honorable mention) were both honored in 2017. The last Pitt player to be named to an all-conference first team was Ashton Gibbs in 2011.

“Justin has had a terrific season and is well deserving of All-ACC honors,” head coach Jeff Capel said in a press release. “The best part of his game is that he remains focused on helping this team finish the season strong. We have a great opportunity ahead of us at the ACC Tournament and I know Justin is eager to compete with his teammates.”

Wright was voted as the ACC Player of the Year, with Champagnie and Jones tying for second. Wright received 33 votes, while Champagnie and Jones had 13 votes. Champagnie tied for third for Most Improved Player, which was won by Hurt.

Florida State’s Scottie Barnes was named the Freshman of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. Virginia Tech’s Mike Young was named Coach of the Year.

Barnes, Duke’s DJ Steward, Louisville Jae’Lyn Withers and North Carolina’s Caleb Love and Day’Ron Sharpe were named to the all-rookie team. Wright and Georgia Tech teammate Jose Alvarado, NC State’s Manny Bates, Virginia’s Jay Huff and Duke’s Jordan Goldwire were named to the all-defensive team.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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