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Heel Tough Blog: Four Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Honors

The ACC postseason awards were handed out on Monday afternoon as Tar Heel head coach Hubert Davis took home the Coach of the Year honors and guard RJ Davis received the Player of the Year award. Along with those awards, the conference also released their all-conference teams for this season, which were also Tar Heel ladened. Here is a look at which guys landed where and who might have been spurned.

First Team: RJ Davis

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As expected, the conference player of the year not only landed on the first team, but received the most points in doing so with 373, ten more than fellow first teamer PJ Hall. Davis led the conference in scoring (21.1) and field goals (216) and was second in the conference in 3-point field goals (97). He also finished third in the conference in free throw percentage (88.6), third in free throw makes (124) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (41.6) all while playing the second-most minutes this season. Davis will now turn his attention towards the national awards, including the National Player of the Year.

Second Team: Armando Bacot

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Bacot fell just nine points short of joining Davis on the first team, but landed on an All-ACC team for the fourth straight season. He took a little bit of a step back from a year ago, but he still averaged a double-double with 14.0 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. He shot 54.7% from the field,  which was the second-lowest mark of his career, but made up for it with his best season from the free throw line where he shot 77.7%. He also had a strong year defensively, doing the best job he’s done at protecting the rim since he arrived back in 2019.

Third Team: Harrison Ingram

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The Stanford transfer had a strong first season in Chapel Hill on the way to the first all-conference honors of his career. He averaged a career-high 12.5 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game, including a double-double in conference play. He shot career-highs from the field overall (43.3%) and from 3-point range (37.4%) and also averaged a career-low 1.4 turnovers per game. Defensively, he had a very nice year, highlighted by his career-best 1.4 steals per game.

First Team All-Defense: Armando Bacot

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As we mentioned above, Bacot had arguably his best season defensively and was rewarded for it. He finished with a league-high 222 defensive rebounds, as well as the fourth-most blocks with 1.6 per game. His defensive rating was the second-best of his career at 95.2 and shows just how good he was on that end of the floor.

First Team All-Rookie: Elliot Cadeau

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Cadeau only received 39 votes for the all rookie team, but it was enough for him to earn the nod. Cadeau averaged 7.7 points per game and 4.0 assists per game in his first season in Chapel Hill. He shot 44.4% from the field, including 49.7% on 2-pointers.

Snubbed: Cormac Ryan

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It might be a little greedy considering the other four starters on the team received recognition but Ryan had a good enough season to at least be an honorable mention. He averaged 11.5 points per game and while he may have shot 37.9% overall, he did shoot 34.3% from beyond the arc and 86.4% from the line.

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