DURHAM, N.C. - Duke seniors Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee were selected to the inaugural Coaches All-ACC Basketball First Team as announced by the league office Monday. In addition, senior Ryan Kelly earned honorable mention honors despite missing 13 league games with a right foot injury.
Along with his All-ACC recognition, Plumlee was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon earned a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team.
On the All-ACC squad, the Blue Devil tandem of Curry and Plumlee was joined on the first team by Shane Larkin (Miami), Erick Green (Virginia Tech) and Joe Harris (Virginia). Plumlee and Harris led the way in voting with 33 points apiece.
The All-ACC first, second and third team selections were made by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches. Balloting was conducted prior to last weekend's ACC Tournament and was based on regular-season performance.
Curry heads into the NCAA Tournament third in the ACC in scoring (17.0). The 6-foot-2 senior guard from Charlotte, N.C., also ranks fourth in the ACC in 3-point shooting accuracy (43.0 percent) and second in 3-point shots made (83). His 81.7 free-throw shooting percentage (103-of-126) is third among ACC players. Curry, a second team All-ACC selection by the media, has scored in double figures 25 times with 16 games with 20 or more points scored.
Plumlee currently ranks second among ACC players in per-game scoring (17.2), rebounding (10.2) and field goal percentage (59.2 percent). The native of Warsaw, Ind., who was recently named the ACC's Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, also ranks among the league's top five in blocked shots and minutes played. Plumlee, a first team all-conference pick by the media, has 17 double-doubles and is one of 15 players in the NCAA averaging a double-double on the year.
Larkin, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Orlando, Fla., enters NCAA Tournament play leading the Hurricanes in scoring at 14.2 points per game while ranking fourth among ACC players in assists at 4.3 per game and second in steals (64). The 2013 ACC Tournament MVP's 48.4 percent shooting accuracy ranks ninth among conference players, and he is tied for eighth in 3-point shots made with 59.
Virginia Tech's Green finished his season averaging 25.0 points per game. The 6-foot-4 senior from Winchester, Va., averaged 26.1 points in ACC regular season games, the highest mark in the conference since 2006 and the fifth highest since 1988. Green scored in double figures in each of his 32 games this year and owns a 35-game double-figure scoring streak dating back to last season.
Virginia's Harris is scoring at a 16.9 points per game clip while ranking third in 3-point accuracy (43.2 percent) and fifth in made 3-pointers (73). The ACC's ninth-leading free throw shooter at 76.6 percent, the Chelan, Wash., native has scored 20 or more points nine times this season and has led the Cavaliers in scoring 19 times.
Miami's Kenny Kadji (13.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and North Carolina's Reggie Bullock (14.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and James Michael McAdoo (14.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) were the leading vote-getters on the second team. They were joined by NC State's Lorenzo Brown (the ACC assist leader in assists per game at 7.2 and in steals at 2.0) and Richard Howell (12.7 ppg and an ACC-leading 10.7 rpg).
Ties in the voting resulted in a six-member third team, led by N.C. State's C.J. Leslie (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Florida State's Michael Snaer (14.5 ppg, 81.3 free-throw percentage). Boston College's Ryan Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg), Miami's Durand Scott (13.4 ppg, 1.6 steals per game), Wake Forest's C.J. Harris (15.4 ppg, ACC-leading 84.7 free-throw percentage) and Virginia's Akil Mitchell (13.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg) round out the squad.
On the All-ACC Defensive Team, coaches selected Plumlee along with the Miami backcourt duo of Shane Larkin and Julian Gamble, Virginia's Jontel Evans and Florida State's Michael Snaer.
On the All-ACC Freshman squad, Sulaimon earned a spot alongside Boston College's Olivier Hanlan, NC State's T.J. Warren, Wake Forest's Devin Thomas, Georgia Tech's Robert Carter Jr., and North Carolina's Marcus Paige.
2013 Coaches' All-ACC Team
(Voting point totals in parenthesis)
Reggie Bullock, Jr., North Carolina (23)
Kenny Kadji, Sr., Miami (23)
James Michael McAdoo, So., North Carolina (23)
Lorenzo Brown, Jr., NC State (21)
Richard Howell, Sr., NC State (19)
C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State (15)
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State (14)
Ryan Anderson, So., Boston College (9)
Durand Scott, Sr., Miami (9)
C.J. Harris, Sr., Wake Forest (8)
Akil Mitchell, Jr., Virginia (8)
Devin Booker, Sr., Clemson (6); Ryan Kelly, Sr., Duke (6); Alex Len, So., Maryland (6); P.J. Hairston, So., North Carolina (4).
All-ACC Defensive Team
Durand Scott, Miami (7)
Jontel Evans, Virginia (6)
Shane Larkin, Miami (6)
Julian Gamble, Miami (5)
Mason Plumlee, Duke (5)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (5)
All-ACC Freshman Team
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (11)
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke (10)
T.J. Warren, N.C. State (10)
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest (10)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (7)
Robert Carter, Jr., Georgia Tech (7)