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Heel Tough Blog: Multiple Tar Heels Earn All-Conference Honors

Bob Donnan - USA Today

The season certainly hasn’t gone the way that the Tar Heels have wanted it, but that didn’t stop numerous players from getting conference honors, as the ACC gathers in Greensboro for this year’s ACC Tournament. Here’s a list of all the accomplishments of every Tar Heel that was honored for the 2022-23 regular season:

Armando Bacot:

The best big man in the country was rewarded for another fantastic season in Chapel Hill, as he earned first-team All-ACC honors, after averaging a double-double in the 31 games Carolina has played so far. Bacot received the second-most first-team votes, behind Isaiah Wong of Miami garnering almost 340 votes. Other players on the first team include Hunter Tyson (Clemson), Tyree Appleby (Wake Forest), and Jamarius Burtin (Pittsburgh). Bacot finished third in the Player of the Year voting, as he received 9 total votes, behind the 30 of Isaiah Wong, and Tyree Appleby’s 23.

Leaky Black:

While Leaky didn’t win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Reece Beekman), he did earn All-Defensive team honors, along with Jesse Edwards (Syracuse), Dereck Lively II (Duke), and Kihei Clark, also from Virginia. Black did finish second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, as he received 18 votes, and Beekman of UVA received 29.

R.J. Davis:

Davis was named to the honorable mention All-ACC team After overcoming a slow start to the season coupled with a finger injury, Davis was on a trajectory to earn high conference honors, before suffering a concussion at Syracuse in late January. Davis earned 26 total votes, which was good for seventh most of the players named to the team.

Caleb Love:

Finally, junior guard Caleb Love also earned honorable mention honors, after having a season where he may have led UNC in scoring, but did so all while shooting below 40% from the field, and just over 30% from behind the arc. Love received 21 votes, the fewest of any player who received votes.

Up Next: Carolina starts play in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night when they take on the winner of the Louisville-Boston College game at 7 PM.

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