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Heel Tough Blog: Heels Picked to Win ACC, Multiple Players Earn Preseason Honors


Last week the ACC conducted its preseason media responsibilities by hosting ACC Tipoff in Charlotte, the new home of the conference. While players and coaches met with the assembled media, the media made their preseason predictions for the 2022-23 season, and the results which were very friendly to the Tar Heels were released this afternoon.

Carolina, which was voted as the preseason AP #1 team yesterday, was picked by the media to win the ACC, after receiving 90 of the 101 available first-place votes. This is the first time Carolina has been the preseason favorite since 2015-16, where they would go on to win the ACC regular season, and ACC tournament, and play for the national title. Duke was picked second by the media, while longtime ACC foe, Virginia was picked to finish third, as the league is set to have a bounce-back season, headlined by its traditional powers.

Armando Bacot:

After averaging a double-double last season, Bacot was selected as the preseason ACC Player of the Year, after tying the record for most double-doubles in a single season last year in NCAA Division I history. In addition to being selected as the preseason player of the year, Bacot also earned preseason All-ACC honors.

Caleb Love:

The junior guard from Missouri was selected as a preseason, All-ACC First Team member. Joined with him are Armando Bacot, Jeremy Roach (Duke), Isaiah Wong (Miami), and Terquavion Smith (NC State).

R.J. Davis:

The backcourt mate of Caleb Love, Davis earned second-team All-ACC honors after a phenomenal sophomore season. He’s joined by Jayden Gardner (Virginia), Dereck Lively II (Duke), Justyn Mutts (Virginia Tech), and PJ Hall (Clemson).

Listed below are the full results via

2022 ACC Preseason Poll (101 total votes)

1. North Carolina (90), 1504

2. Duke (2), 1339

3. Virginia (6), 1310

4. Miami (2), 1138

5. Florida State, 1064

6. Notre Dame, 971

7. Virginia Tech (1), 921

8. Syracuse, 700

9. Wake Forest, 672

10. NC State, 548

11. Clemson, 528

12. Louisville, 477

13. Boston College, 368

14. Pitt, 320

15. Georgia Tech, 260

First-place votes in parentheses

Preseason All-ACC (101 total votes)

First Team

Name, School, Votes

Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 100

Isaiah Wong, Miami, 81

Caleb Love, North Carolina, 58

Terquavion Smith, NC State, 46

Jeremy Roach, Duke, 35

Second Team

Name, School, Votes

Jayden Gardner, Virginia, 32

Dereck Lively II, Duke, 19

Justyn Mutts, Virginia Tech, 18

PJ Hall, Clemson, 17

RJ Davis, North Carolina, 14

Preseason Player of the Year

Name, School, Votes

Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 82

Isaiah Wong, Miami, 5

Caleb Love, North Carolina, 4

Jeremy Roach, Duke, 3

PJ Hall, Clemson, 2

RJ Davis, North Carolina, 2

Terquavion Smith, NC State, 1

Hunter Cattoor, Virginia Tech, 1

Dariq Whitehead, Duke, 1

Preseason Rookie of the Year

Name, School, Votes

Dereck Lively II, Duke, 57

Dariq Whitehead, Duke, 25

Tyrese Proctor, Duke, 5

Mark Mitchell, Duke, 3

Tyler Nickel, North Carolina, 2

Jalen Washington, North Carolina, 2

JJ Starling, Notre Dame, 2

Kyle Filipowski, Duke, 2

Prince Aligbe, Boston College, 1

Isaac McKneely, Virginia, 1

Seth Trimble, North Carolina, 1

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