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Syracuse’s Christmas, Virginia’s Brogdon lead voting by ACC media members
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The conference’s second-leading shot-blocker and two Virginia standouts are among the five players voted to the 2014-15 All-ACC Defensive Team announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on Sunday.
Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas, who leads all active ACC players with 247 career blocked shots, was named on 58 of the 64 ballots, while Virginia junior Malcom Brogdon received 50 votes and Darion Atkins was on 38 ballots.
Also named to the defensive team are Miami Junior Tonye Jekiri (38 votes) and NC State’s BeeJay Anya (29 votes).
Brogdon and Atkins have played major roles in a stifling Virginia defense that leads the nation in scoring defense (50.2) and ranks third in field goal percentage defense (.357).
Miami’s Jekiri, the ACC’s leading rebounder at 10.2 rebounds per game, is fourth in the ACC at 1.5 blocked shots per game.
NC State’s Anya has blocked at least one shot in 28 of his 31 games and leads the ACC and ranks 20th nationally in blocked shots per game, averaging 2.7 per game.
ACSMA 2014-15 All-ACC Defensive Team
Rakeem Christmas, Gr., Syracuse, 58
Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia, 50
Darion Atkins, Sr., Virginia, 38
Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami, 38
BeeJay Anya, So., NC State, 29