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JEFF FISCHEL'S ACC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Barring something crazy over the weekend, Brogdon is my ACC Player of the Year. For power conference players who are using at least 24% of possessions, he's in the top 10 in efficiency in the country. The Defensive Win Shares stat says he's the best man-to-man defender among ACC guards. He's the complete package on the court.. and even a more impressive student and role model. Congrats to Humble Moses, my pick for POY.
I hope you don't think it was an easy choice going with Brogdon. It was actually this/close. Brice Johnson is even more efficient on offense, and is a remarkable rebounder. He gets his share of blocks, and is the rare big man who accumulates steals. 2 factors out of his control hurt his candidacy: 1) Roy's egalitarian substitution patterns; 2) Post players need to be fed, and at times, Brice hasn't been fed enough.
If there were an ACC Offensive Player of the Year Award, I'd choose Allen. Look around the major conferences, and he's the most efficient guard in the nation. Yes, even more efficient than Denzel Valentine, Buddy Hield, Yogi Ferrell.. you name it. For those wondering, the relatively high number of times his ankle found an opponent was not a factor in my rankings.
How do you measure the greatness of a great player on a not-great team? It's not easy. I voted for Erick Green over Shane Larkin in 2013, and TJ Warren over Jabari Parker in 2014. But this year, as great as Cat has been, I don't think he belongs in the POY conversation. In fact, for me, Barber was closer to 5-6-7 than he was to 1-2-3.
It was a 3-man race for the 5th spot: Blossomgame, Michael Gbinije and Brandon Ingram. I wish there were 7 spots on the 1st team. Look at the raw numbers: Jaron is third in the conference in scoring. He's top 10 in blocks and defensive rebounds. He shoots over 40% on 3s. Then, when you dig into the deeper stats, he's even more impressive. Gbinije has done everything for Syracuse, and Ingram is clearly the most outstanding talent in the ACC, but Blossomgame is my pick.