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Duke Report’s 2016-17 ACC Basketball Preseason Predictions

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The Duke Report team is busy getting ready for the 2016-17 ACC Basketball season, which should be one of the best conferences college basketball, once again.

Duke is considered by many to be the favorite to win the conference, which all of us agree with. As part of our preview content to help you get ready for the season, we put together our preseason picks for a number of different ACC accolades.

The following includes individual predictions for who we think will be the ACC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and a dark horse team to watch. We also make our picks for the All-ACC First Team.

Considering all the talent around the league this season, it wasn’t easy making these picks.

Zion Olojede (@DukeNBA)

Regular Season Conference Champion: Duke
Player of the Year: Grayson Allen, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Coach of the Year: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Dark Horse Team: Syracuse

All-ACC 1st Team:

  • London Perrantes, Virginia
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
  • Michael Young, Pittsburgh
  • Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Freddie Hodges (@Skeelow22)

Regular Season Conference Champion: Duke
Player of the Year: Grayson Allen, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Rookie of the Year: Jayson Tatum, Duke
Coach of the Year: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Dark Horse Team: Virginia Tech

All-ACC 1st Team:

  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jayson Tatum, Duke
  • Justin Jackson, North Carolina
  • Michael Young, Pittsburgh
  • Austin Nichols, Virginia

Jim Oliver (@JimO828)

Regular Season Conference Champion: Duke
Player of the Year: Grayson Allen, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Rookie of the Year: Jayson Tatum, Duke
Coach of the Year: Tony Bennett, Virginia
Dark Horse Team: Virginia Tech

All-ACC 1st Team:

  • London Perrantes, Virginia
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
  • Michael Young, Pittsburgh
  • Tyler Lydon, Syracuse

Chris Summerville (@DukeOfHoops)

Regular Season Conference Champion: Duke
Player of the Year: Grayson Allen, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Jones, Duke
Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Coach of the Year: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Dark Horse Team: Virginia Tech

All-ACC 1st Team:

  • Joel Berry, North Carolina
  • London Perrantes, Virginia
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
  • Amile Jefferson, Duke

Brian Evans (@BdotEdot)

Regular Season Conference Champion: Duke
Player of the Year: Grayson Allen, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Amile Jefferson, Duke
Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Coach of the Year: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Dark Horse Team: N.C. State

All-ACC 1st Team:

  • Joel Berry, North Carolina
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
  • V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame
  • Jayson Tatum, Duke

David Aldridge (@davidmaldridge)

Regular Season Conference Champion: Duke
Player of the Year: Grayson Allen, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Coach of the Year: Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech
Dark Horse Team: Florida State

All-ACC 1st Team:

  • London Perrantes, Virginia
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
  • Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
  • Michael Young, Pittsburgh

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What do you think of our picks? What would be your preseason ACC predictions? Let us know in the comments section or through @DukeReport on Twitter!