One of the activities for the ACC Basketball Media Day event, also known as Operation Basketball, is for the members of the media to submit their selections for preseason conference rankings and awards.
Duke was well represented in multiple categories and the Blue Devils took the top spot as the team expected to win the league by most writers.
With 41 first-place votes, it was actually a bit surprising to see Duke listed as such a heavy favorite. North Carolina was next in line in the preseason rankings with 12 first-place votes.
The media is obviously buying into the hype of Duke’s talented incoming freshman class, which includes top-rated center Jahlil Okafor, who was also selected by the media as the Preseason Rookie of the Year and a member of the All-ACC team.
— The ACC (@theACC) October 29, 2014
Here are the listings in full detail:
2. North Carolina
7. Notre Dame
8. Florida State
9. N.C. State
12. Wake Forest
13. Georgia Tech
14. Boston College
15. Virginia Tech
Preseason All-ACC Team
Marcus Paige – North Carolina
Montrezl Harrell – Louisville
Jahlil Okafor – Duke
Malcolm Brogdon – Virginia
Jerian Grant – Notre Dame
Preseason ACC Player of the Year – Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year – Jahlil Okafor, Duke
What do you think about the preseason choices? I’ll be posting my preseason predictions and selections in the next couple weeks after completing our team-by-team conference previews!