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November 3, 2006

Rivals.com Preseason All-ACC Team

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There may be some debate about the depth of the ACC this season and how many teams it will place in the NCAA Tournament, but there is little argument that the conference is home to some of the nation's top talent.

North Carolina sophomore center Tyler Hansbrough, Virginia junior point guard Sean Singletary and Duke's Josh McRoberts each earned spots on Rivals.com's preseason All-America teams. Two other players Boston College's Jared Dudley and Florida State's Al Thornton were just on the cusp.

All that makes for a fairly easy pick for first-team All-ACC selections.

However, selecting the second team was about as difficult as projecting the league as a whole this season. Virginia senior guard J.R. Reynolds should team with Singletary to create one of the nation's backcourts.

North Carolina's Reyshawn Terry should continue to progress as perhaps the most natural small forward on a talented North Carolina roster.

From then on, none of the selections were easy even for the freshman team.

Here goes our best shot at predicting the best players in what should be the nation's most unpredictable conference this season.

Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-ACC First Team
G Sean Singletary, Virginia, Jr., 6-0, 175
The silky-smooth guard averaged 17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season for the Cavaliers and earned first-team All-ACC honors. Singletary, after playing through aches and pains for much of his first two seasons at UVa, claims to be close to 100 percent. That could spell trouble for other ACC guards this season. D.J. Strawberry of Maryland said Singletary "was the toughest player to guard in this league" during ACC media day.
F Al Thornton, Florida State, Sr., 6-8, 220
One thing to know about Thornton: He scored 37 points in an overtime loss at Duke last season, and did that with just three free throws. Thornton can score from just about any place on the floor. According to Virginia coach Dave Leitao, "People outside of the ACC probably don't know how good a player Al Thornton is." Thornton, who averaged 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, is garnering enough preseason attention to make some Seminole fans forget about their wayward football season. Well, perhaps just a few.
F Jared Dudley, Boston College, Sr., 6-7, 225
The talented inside-outside threat averaged 16.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists last year. He did that playing alongside All-ACC first-team performer Craig Smith. With Smith now gone, it will be Dudley's time to shine. A tough matchup for any team, Dudley has a knack for scoring. He is especially good at drawing contact and getting to the free-throw line. Dudley has the potential to earn ACC Player of the Year honors, and he could lead the Eagles to a strong season in conference play.
PF Josh McRoberts, Duke, So., 6-10, 230
The sophomore has unlimited talent and potential. McRoberts, who averaged 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a freshman, should see an enhanced role this season with the departures of J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams to the NBA. Because of his versatility, McRoberts causes matchup concerns for just about any interior player. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said that in the absence of injured point guard Greg Paulus, McRoberts might even be asked to bring the ball up the court on occasion. This is the season McRoberts will to begin to live up to the lofty expectations he brought with him from high school.
C Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, So., 6-9, 245
Hansbrough had a freshman season to remember. He averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds to lead the depleted defending national champion Tar Heels to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hanbrough is a bruising, punishing player that possesses a variety of moves that allow him to score in the post. Even with the influx of talent in Chapel Hill this season, Hansborough will still be the focal point for the Tar Heels. He, combined with an excellent recruiting class, could bring UNC its second national title in three years.
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-ACC Second Team
G J.R. Reynolds, Virginia, Jr., 6-3, 197
G Tyrese Rice, Boston College, So., 6-0, 183
G Toney Douglas, Florida State, So., 6-1, 196
F Reyshawn Terry, North Carolina, Jr., 6-8, 228
C Coleman Collins, Virginia Tech, 6-9, 235
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason ACC All-Freshman Team
G Javaris Crittendon, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 195
G Ty Lawson, North Carolina, 5-11, 175
G Gerald Henderson, Duke, 6-5, 215
F Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech, 6-8, 215
F Brandan Wright, North Carolina, 6-9, 200

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