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March 18, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Six first-year players from different schools comprise the inaugural Coaches All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshmen Team announced on Monday.
The team was selected by the league's 12 head coaches. Voting took place prior to last weekend's ACC Tournament and was based on regular-season performance.
Boston College's Olivier Hanlan, Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon, NC State's T.J. Warren, Wake Forest's Devin Thomas, Georgia Tech's Robert Carter Jr., and North Carolina's Marcus Paige were named to the 2013 squad.
Hanlan, of Aylmer, Quebec, ranks fifth among ACC scorers at 15.4 points per game and scored in double figures in 28 games - including 16 of the Eagles' 18 ACC games. Sulaimon, who has started 29 of Duke's 32 games, ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game. The native of Houston, Texas, has handed out 65 assists and is shooting 81 percent from the foul line.
Warren, of Durham, N.C., came on strong down the stretch and is averaging 12.4 points per game for the Wolfpack while leading the ACC in field goal percentage at 62.6 percent. Thomas emerged as an inside presence for Wake Forest, ranking sixth among conference rebounders at 7.5 per game blocked shots (43). The Harrisburg, Pa., native was the only freshman to rank among the ACC's top 10 in both categories.
Georgia Tech's Carter ranks 12th among ACC rebounding leaders at 6.7 per game. The Thomasville, Ga., native ranks second on the teams in scoring at 9.9 points per game while starting all 31 contests. North Carolina's Paige's currently leads all ACC freshmen and ranks third overall in assists per game (4.7). The Marion, Iowa, is averaging 8.0 point per game.
2013 Coaches ACC All-ACC Freshmen Team
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College 11
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke 10
T.J. Warren, NC State 10
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest 10
Marcus Paige, North Carolina 7
Robert Carter, Jr., Georgia Tech 7