Jahlil Okafor wins ACC Player of the Year; Tony Bennett Coach of the Year
The ACC handed out its awards on Sunday. There is one surprise selection on the first team.
For the first time in the storied and proud history of the Atlantic Coast Conference, a freshman has won the Player of the Year award. Duke center Jahlil Okafor took home the honor, the conference announced on Sunday. Voting was done by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Okafor and Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant were the only unanimous selections to the ACC's first team. Also named All-ACC: Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas, Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon and Boston College's Olivier Hanlan.
Okafor, who is a projected No. 1 NBA pick on many draft boards, averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds this season. Grant led the ACC in assists (6.7 per game) and was fifth in scoring (16.8).
For Coach of the Year, Virginia's Tony Bennett took home the award for the second straight year. Bennett guided UVa to a No. 1 seed last season, and at 28-2 now, is on pace to repeat the feat. The Cavaliers continued to win down the stretch, going most of February without star Justin Anderson, who had surgery to repair a broken finger and is currently still out after recent emergency appendectomy.
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