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Christmas, Brogdon, Gill, Anya, Grant & Jekiri receive nod
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The conference’s second-leading shot-blocker and two Virginia standouts are among the six players voted to the 2014-15 All-ACC Defensive Team announced by the league’s head coaches.
Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas, who leads all active ACC players with 247 career blocked shots, was joined by Virginia juniors Malcom Brogdon and Anthony Gill.
Also named to the defensive team are Miami’s Tonye Jekiri , NC State’s BeeJay Anya and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant.
Brogdon and Gill 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 per game, is fourth in the ACC at 1.5 blocked shots per contest.
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.
Notre Dame’s Grant has 58 steals and 17 blocked shots while keying the Fighting Irish to the No. 3 seed in this week’s New York Life ACC Tournament.
Coaches’ 2014-15 All-ACC Defensive Team
Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami
BeeJay Anya, So., NC State
Jerian Grant, Sr., Notre Dame
Rakeem Christmas, Gr., Syracuse
Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia
Anthony Gill, Jr, Virginia