The annual ALL-ACC teams were released today, and all five of the Duke Blue Devils starters found their names on one of the squads.
Mason Plumlee received 73 first-place votes, leading the ACC and landing the power-forward on the All-ACC First Team. The senior averaged 17.2 ppg, 10.3rpg, and 1.5 bpg, leading the Blue Devils to an impressive 27-4 regular season.
Seth Curry found himself on the second All-ACC team, an impressive feat for a guard who played the entire season with a leg injury, which often limited his mobility and comfort. The senior, who you could easily argue should’ve been a part of the first-team squad, averaged 17.1ppg, 1.6apg, and shot .435 from beyond the arc.
Quinn Cook, who may have been the most pleasant surprise this season, was named to the third-team All-ACC. Cook will likely find himself in the running for first-team next year, as the point guard developed into one of Duke’s most dangerous weapons throughout the season. The sophomore from Washington, DC ended the season with averages of 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, and 5.3apg.
Rasheed Sulaimon received a spot on the All-ACC Freshman team. There was a point this season where I was worried that Sulaimon was playing so well that he would leave for the draft, but inconsistency slowed his progress, and he saw his minutes take a hit when Ryan Kelly returned from injury. Sulaimon is awfully good when he is on, and awfully bad when he is off. I am fine with him making only the freshman team. He ended the season with averages of 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, and 2.1apg.
Ryan Kelly, Duke’s knight in shining armor, earned himself a spot on the Honorable Mention All-ACC team, which I think is the ‘Man, people are going to be pissed if we don’t put these guys’ names SOMEWHERE’ team. Kelly’s return from injury boosted Duke back into one of the favorites to win a National Championship in most people’s eyes, bringing a wide-range of skills that the Blue Devils had been missing from their lineup. Kelly likely would’ve found himself on the second-team or higher if he had been healthy the entire season, but injuries took him out for a large chunk of ACC play, limiting him to just five ACC contests.
The complete list of All-ACC teams can be found here.
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