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Tar Heel guard voted Most Improved, Cavalier forward top Sixth Man
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige has been voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 basketball season, and Virginia sophomore guard Justin Anderson is the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on Monday.
UNC’s Paige, also voted to the All-ACC first team, is the only league player to rank among the conference’s top six in scoring (17.1 ppg) and in assists (4.5). The 6-foot-1 native of Marion, Iowa, has scored 30 plus points twice this season – 32 against Louisville and 35 at NC State – and 20 or more points 10 times. He ranks second in the ACC in free-throw percentage at .876.
Paige, who led the Tar Heels to a 23-8 regular-season record and the No.4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, improved on a freshman season in which he ranked seventh on UNC’s team in scoring at 8.2 points per game.
Paige received 27 votes in ACSMA’s voting for the Most Improved award. NC State’s T.J. Warren followed with 15, and Miami’s Rion Brown received 14 votes.
Virginia’s Anderson helped the Cavaliers (25-6 overall) to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Anderson was a major reason Virginia won 16 of 18 regular-season games, contributing 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest despite starting just five of 31 games.
A native of Montross, Va., Anderson has averaged just over 22.2 minutes of playing time per game while shooting nearly 42 percent from the floor and just over 71 percent from the foul line.
Anderson received 29 votes for the Sixth Man of the Year award from ACSMA members. Florida State’s Ian Miller received 17 votes and North Carolina’s Brice Johnson placed third in the voting with 13.
ACSMA 2013-14 Most Improved Player
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina
ACSMA 2013-14 Sixth Man of the Year
Justin Anderson, So., Virginia