Those of us who reconsidered our votes for All-ACC, or never wavered at all, ultimately decided that it was no big deal to place two deserving Duke players on the first team even if the Blue Devils didn't finish atop the conference standings. That meant selecting both Jahlil Okafor and Quinn Cook for the league's top five.
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The preponderance of voters didn't agree, but it was the correct choice, at least in this corner.
There's really nothing new about a school placing two or more players on the All-ACC first team. Over the past quarter-century, from 1991 through the 2015 season, it's happened in 14 different seasons, 56 percent. Twenty different squads in those 25 years had at least two players selected.
And, six times during that span, it's happened with multiple teams in the same season.
This is the third straight season there are no teammates on the all-conference squad. The last two years that doubtless reflects the more numerous options available to voters in an expanded league.
As for a non-first place finisher having multiple players on the ACC's first team, that's been the case seven times, most recently in 2011 when Duke, the second-place team, had Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler selected.
Since 1991 there were two cases when a squad had three players chosen among the league's top five: Duke in 2002 (Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer) and UNC in 2012 (Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Harrison Barnes). In the latter case, the choice of Barnes ahead of his teammate, Kendall Marshall, was a serious injustice of the minor variety.
Multiple Picks from Same Schools on Same First Team All-ACC Squad
|Season||Multiple Picks||Regular Season Finish|
|2012||NC (Zeller, Henson, Barnes)||first|
|2011||D (Smith, Singler)||second|
|2010||D (Scheyer, Singler)||first-tie|
|2009||NC (Hansbrough, Lawson||first|
|2006||D (Redick, S. Williams)||first|
|2005||NC (May, Felton)||first|
|D (Redick, S. Williams)||third|
|2002||D (J. Williams, Dunleavy, Boozer)||second|
|2001||D (Battier, J. Williams)||first-tie|
|2000||D (Carrawell, Battier)||first|
|M (Dixon, Baxter)||second|
|1999||D (Brand, Langdon)||first|
|M (Francis, Morris)||second|
|1998||D (Langdon, McLeod)||first|
|NC (Jamison, Carter)||second|
|1996||GT (Marbury, Harpring)||first|
|1995||WF (Childress, Duncan)||first-tie|
|NC (Stackhouse, Wallace)||first-tie|
|1993||NC (Montross, Lynch)||first|
|D (Hurley, G. Hill)||third-tie|
|No doubles: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015|