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Hoops | Preseason All-ACC Poll & Teams Announced

October 19, 2021

The ACC has released a few preseason honors and predictions following last week's ACC Tipoff in Charlotte. 

There weren't too many surprises in the preseason poll and it starts with Duke being the favorite to win the ACC in Mike Krzyzewski's final season as head coach. 

Notre Dame basketball seems to have more respect entering this season as the Fighting Irish are predicted to finish No. 8 in the ACC. 

ACC Men's Basketball Tipoff - 2021 Preseason Poll 
1. Duke (47), 1,132
2. Florida State (14), 1,034
3. North Carolina (5), 1,001
4. Virginia (9), 949
5. Virginia Tech (5), 857
6. Louisville (1), 791
7. Syracuse, 781
8. Notre Dame, 599
9. NC State, 555
10. Georgia Tech, 524
11. Clemson, 430
12. Miami, 428
13. Wake Forest, 274
14. Pitt, 253
15. Boston College, 112
(First-place votes in parentheses and Points)

The Irish were likely a little disrespected as Notre Dame got just one player on the preseason All-ACC teams. 

Point guard Prentiss Hubb was named to All-ACC Second Team after averaging 14.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and shot 39.2 percent from the field as a junior. 

There could have been an argument made for Nate Laszewski to sneak in as well after he averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 43.4 percent from three-point range a year ago. 

Preseason All-ACC
First Team

Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse, 68
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 52
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 49
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 46
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 37
Second Team
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 25
Kihei Clark, Virginia, 23
Prentiss Hubb, Notre Dame, 17
Mark Williams, Duke, 12
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 9
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 9
Malik Williams, Louisville, 9
Preseason Player of the Year
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 28
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 16
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse, 13
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 12
Kihei Clark, Virginia, 5
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 3
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 2
Mark Williams, Duke, 2

Notre Dame didn't have a freshman get recognized, but it wouldn't be a shock to see guard Blake Wesley make a case by the end of the year. 

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 64
Trevor Keels, Duke, 5
Terquavion Smith, NC State, 3
Dontrez Styles, North Carolina, 3
Igor Milicic Jr., Virginia, 3
Wooga Poplar, Miami, 1
Benny Williams, Syracuse, 1
Cameron Hildreth, Wake Forest, 1

Notre Dame will open its exhibition season with Nazareth College on Oct. 29th and St. Norbert College on Nov. 5.

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