Duke freshman big man Vernon Carey Jr. is both The Associated Press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton is the coach of the year.
Carey and teammate Tre Jones were the only unanimous picks to the AP All-ACC team announced Tuesday, a day after the league named Jones its player of the year. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound Carey earned eight votes for AP player of the year while Jones earned six in voting by 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league’s 10 states.
Carey was the unanimous choice for newcomer of the year after averaging team highs of 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting nearly 58% for the 10th-ranked Blue Devils. It marks the third straight year a Duke player swept the AP awards as top ACC player and newcomer, following Marvin Bagley III in 2018 and AP national player of the year Zion Williamson last year.
Hamilton, who led the fourth-ranked Seminoles to the program’s first league regular-season title, earned 13 votes for AP ACC coach of the year while two-time reigning coach of the year Tony Bennett of Virginia earned the other two.
On the AP All-ACC teams, the Seminoles joined Duke as the only schools to have multiple picks, with Trent Forrest and Devin Vassell being second-team selections.
Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes, Notre Dame’s John Mooney and Louisville’s Jordan Nwora joined Duke’s Carey and Jones on the first team. North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks, Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe and Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite joined FSU’s Forrest and Vassell on the second team.
The 2019-20 AP All-ACC team, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown ("u-" denotes unanimous selections):
u-Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 6-10, 270, Fr., Southwest Ranches, Florida
Elijah Hughes, Syracuse, 6-6, 215, R-Jr., Beacon, New York
u-Tre Jones, Duke, 6-3, 185, So., Apple Valley, Minnesota
John Mooney, Notre Dame, 6-9, 245, Sr., Orlando, Florida
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 6-7, 225, Jr., Buffalo, New York
Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 6-9, 235, Jr., LaFayette, Alabama
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 193, So., Orlando, Florida
Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 6-9, 224, R-Sr., Conakry, Guinea
Trent Forrest, Florida State, 6-4, 210, Sr., Chipley, Florida
Devin Vassell, Florida State, 6-7, 194, So., Suwanee, Georgia
Coach of the year – Leonard Hamilton, Florida State
Player of the year – Vernon Carey Jr., Duke
Newcomer of the year – Vernon Carey Jr., Duke
AP All-ACC voting panel:
Rick Bozich, WDRB-TV, Louisville, Kentucky; Lauren Brownlow, WCMC-FM, Raleigh, North Carolina; Chris Carlson, The Post-Standard of Syracuse, New York; Bennett Conlin, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia; Matt Connolly, The State of Columbia, South Carolina; Joe Giglio, The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina; Steve Hewitt, Boston Herald; Michele Kaufman, Miami Herald; Zach Klein, WSB-TV, Atlanta; Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Tom Noie, South Bend (Indiana) Tribune; Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal; Curt Weiler, Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat ; Steve Wiseman, The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina; Norm Wood, Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia.
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