The Greatest Players in ACC History

The Atlantic Coast Conference.

One of the most, if not the most, prolific college basketball conferences ever. You have one of the best rivalries in all of sports, Duke versus UNC, and phenomenal coaches as well. How would a starting five look if you could choose anyone from the ACC?

Point Guard: Phil Ford; University of North Carolina. One of the best guards to break you down off the dribble. First player in ACC history to score 2,000 points alongside 600 assists.

Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan; University of North Carolina. The most prominent name to come out of the ACC. Led the Tar Heels to the 1982 National Championship and brought the title to UNC on his game-winning shot.

Small Forward: David Thompson; North Carolina State. Led N.C. State to a 27-0 season. Michael Jordan looked up to him, which says something.

Forward/Center: Tim Duncan; Wake Forest. Selected as the Defensive Player of the Year 3 times. Led the ACC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots; the only player to do so in the ACC.

Forward/Center: Tyler Hansborough; University of North Carolina. ACC leading scorer with 2,872 points. Led UNC all four years in points and rebounds. Finished off his career with cutting down the nets in 2009.

Sixth Man: J.J. Redick; Duke University. One of the best pure shooters in the game. Set the school and conference record in points prior to Tyler Hansborough.

Rotational Bench Players:

  • Jay Williams; Duke University. Led Duke to the 2001 National Championship and was a defensive mastermind against other guards.
  • Christian Laettner; Duke University. Possibly the most hated player in college basketball history, but was too good to care. Led Duke to 4 consecutive Final Fours, National Champions in 1991 and 1992.
  • Grant Hill; Duke University. Back-to-back National Champion in 1991-92.
  • Ralph Sampson; University of Virginia. Averaged a double-double in college and won the ACC Player of The Year 3 years.
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