The ACC landed two players on the Associated Press 1st Team Preseason All American Team announced on Tuesday.
North Carolina Senior Luke Maye and Duke Freshman RJ Barrett were named 1st Team All Americans along with Purdue’s Carson Edwards, Kansas big man Dedric Lawson, Nevada’s Caleb Martin and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ. Edwards was the leading vote-getter , appearing on 63 of 65 ballots from a national media panel.
Maye was a third-team All-American last season, and had entered his name into the NBA draft before withdrawing. During the 2017-18 season, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-point range.
Maye is probably most known for hitting the shot that beat Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four as a sophomore during their 2017 title run.
“I don’t know how much more we can ask of him,” North Carolina teammate Kenny Williams said. “I mean, 17 and 10, that’s hard to do, especially in the ACC.”
Barrett arrived at Duke as the #1 ranked player in the 2018 class, the latest highly ranked class recruited by coach Mike Krzyzewski. Clocking in at 6-7, the forward from Canada, he has been projected as the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA draft.
“Besides his ability, he has a passion to compete,” Krzyzewski said. “This young man has it. I love him, and I’m glad I’m going to have the opportunity to spend some time with him.
Why are there six instead of five? Martin and Happ are the first players to tie for the fifth spot on the AP All-America team since 2012-13.