When Jaron Blossomgame was chosen by the media to the 2016 All-ACC first team, it marked the second time in a three-year span a Clemson player was selected. K.J. McDaniels, Jr. was similarly honored in 2014.
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Blossomgame is just the 12th Tiger picked in the 63 years the school has been a member of the ACC. That’s a piddling average of fewer than a pair of all-conference players per decade. Five of those dozen All-ACC performers were selected since 2000, a sign the program has upped its game either in bringing in talent or training those it recruits.
Three Tigers made all-conference since 2010, tying for fourth-most in the league.
This is also just the third time Clemson had a pair of All-ACC picks within a three-year span. Will Solomon was chosen in 2000 and Edward Scott in 2002. Elden Campell and Dale Davis both made it in 1990, the only time the Tigers ever finished first in the league.
No Clemson player has ever been a repeat selection for the first team. Blossomgame is a junior, and one of only six non-seniors honored. McDaniels, similarly chosen as a junior three seasons ago, went pro rather than return.
In 1975 Clemson was the first to see one of its freshmen, Skip Wise, voted to the All-ACC first team. Two sophomores were chosen over the years, Choppy Patterson in 1960 and Will Solomon in 2000.
Eleven of 16 teams that participated in the ACC since 2010 had at least one member picked during that span. The schools that were shut out: Florida State, Georgia Tech, 2015 member Louisville, 2014 member Pitt, and Wake Forest. Georgia Tech’s last All-ACC player, Alvin Jones, was tabbed in 2001.
|THE CHOSEN FEW
All-ACC Selections By School Since 2010
(Syracuse and Notre Dame Joined in 2014, Maryland Left After 2014)
|No.||School||Most Recent Season, Player|
|9||Duke||2016, Grayson Allen|
|5||North Carolina||2016, Brice Johnson|
|4||Virginia||2016, Malcolm Brogdon|
|3||Clemson||2016, Jaron Blossomgame|
|3||NC State||2016, Anthony Barber|
|3||Virginia Tech||2013, Erick Green|
|2||Boston College||2015, Olivier Hanlan|
|2||Maryland||2011, Jordan Williams|
|2||Syracuse||2015, Rakeem Christmas|
|1||Miami||2013, Shane Larkin|
|1||Notre Dame||2015, Jerian Grant|