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March 18, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Miami's Shane Larkin, who led Miami to the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference title, and national scoring leader Erick Green of Virginia Tech are among first-team honorees on the inaugural Coaches All-ACC Basketball Team announced on Monday.
The first-, second- and third-team selections were made by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches. Balloting was conducted prior to last weekend's ACC Tournament and was based on regular season performance.
Larkin and Green were joined on the first team by the Duke tandem of Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry, as well as Virginia guard Joe Harris.
Larkin, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Orlando, Fla., enters NCAA Tournament play leading the Hurricanes in scoring at 14.6 points per game while ranking fourth among ACC players in assists at 4.4 per game and second in steals. The 2013 ACC Tournament MVP's 48.6 percent shooting accuracy ranks ninth among conference players, and he is seventh in 3-point shots made with 63.
Virginia Tech's Green finished his season averaging 25.0 points per game. The 6-foot-4 senior from Winchester, Va., averaged 26.1 points in ACC regular season games, the highest mark in the conference since 2006 and the fifth highest since 1988. Green scored in double figures in each of his 32 games this year and owns a 35-game double-figure scoring streak dating back to last season.
Duke's Plumlee currently ranks second among ACC players in per-game scoring (17.2), rebounding (10.2) and field goal percentage (59.2 percent). The native of Warsaw, Ind., who was recently named the ACC's Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, also ranks among the league's top five in blocked shots and minutes played.
The Blue Devils' Curry heads into the NCAA Tournament ranked just behind Plumlee in scoring (17.0 points per game). The 6-foot-2 senior guard from Charlotte, N.C., ranks fourth in the ACC in 3-point shooting accuracy (43.0 percent) and second in 3-point shots made (83). His 81.7 free-throw shooting percentage (103-of-126) is third among ACC players. Virginia's Harris is scoring at a 16.9 points per game clip while ranking third in 3-point accuracy (43.2 percent) and fifth in made 3-pointers (73). The ACC's ninth-leading free throw shooter at 76.6 percent, the Chelan, Wash., native has scored 20 or more points nine times this season and has led the Cavaliers in scoring 19 times.
Miami's Kenny Kadji (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and North Carolina's Reggie Bullock (14.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and James Michael McAdoo (14.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg) were the leading vote-getters on the second team. They were joined by NC State's Lorenzo Brown (the ACC assist leader in assists per game at 7.2 and in steals at 2.0) and Richard Howell (12.7 ppg and an ACC-leading 10.7 rpg).
Ties in the voting resulted in a six-member third team, led by N.C. State's C.J. Leslie (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Florida State's Michael Snaer (14.5 ppg, 81.3 free-throw percentage). Boston College's Ryan Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg), Miami's Durand Scott (13.2 ppg, 1.6 steals per game), Wake Forest's C.J. Harris (15.4 ppg, ACC-leading 84.7 free-throw percentage) and Virginia's Akil Mitchell (13.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg) round out the squad.
2013 Coaches' All-ACC Team (Voting point totals in parenthesis)
Joe Harris, Jr., Virginia (33)
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke (33)
Shane Larkin, So., Miami (32)
Erick Green, Sr., Virginia Tech (31)
Seth Curry, Sr., Duke (31)
Reggie Bullock, Jr., North Carolina (23)
Kenny Kadji, Sr., Miami (23)
James Michael McAdoo, So., North Carolina (23)
Lorenzo Brown, Jr., NC State (21)
Richard Howell, Sr., NC State (19)
C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State (15)
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State (14)
Ryan Anderson, So., Boston College (9)
Durand Scott, Sr., Miami (9)
C.J. Harris, Sr., Wake Forest (8)
Akil Mitchell, Jr., Virginia (8)