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March 6, 2006
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RALEIGH, N.C. - A pair of senior All-Americans and a star rookie helped their teams finish atop the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now they're headlining the all-league team.
Duke's J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, and North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough were unanimous selections to the All-ACC team released Monday by The Associated Press. Redick, Williams and Hansbrough were first-team picks on all 108 votes by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. They were joined on the first team by Boston College's Craig Smith and Virginia's Sean Singletary.
Hansbrough is the first freshman in league history to earn unanimous first-team honors and is one of a league-high three all-conference picks for the Tar Heels, who had senior David Noel on the second team and junior Reyshawn Terry on the third team.
Redick led the league with nearly 28 points per game and passed Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric to become the conference's career scoring leader. The 6-foot-4 guard was a first-team All-American and All-ACC pick last season, a second-team all-league pick as a sophomore and a third-team pick as a freshman.
Williams, a 6-9 senior, led the ACC with 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game while ranking third in scoring at 18.8 points. Williams was a first-team all-league pick as a junior and a second-team selection as a sophomore.
The duo helped the Blue Devils clinch at least a share of the ACC regular-season title for the seventh time in 10 seasons.
''When you have two guys like that, it's a great advantage,'' Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. ''My guess is guys like Redick and Williams are going to stay in the NBA a lot longer than some of the kids in their class who rushed off to try to get into the league. Those kids have taken their time, they've improved their games every year and I think they're very well-prepared for what's going to come after college.''
Hansbrough, a 6-9 freshman, turned in a stellar season to help a program that lost its top seven scorers from last year's national-title winner. He ranked second in the league in scoring (19 points) and seventh in rebounding (7.6), and is on pace to become the first Tar Heel freshman to lead the team in both categories.
He was joined by teammates Noel and Terry, who helped the Tar Heels go from unranked in the preseason to a surprising second-place league finish. Both players stepped into more prominent roles, with Noel going from key reserve to team leader averaging 12.7 points.
Terry's rise was even more pronounced. He averaged only 4.5 minutes last year, but ranked second to Hansbrough on the team with 14 points per game.
Smith ranked among the league leaders in scoring (17 points) and rebounding (8.5) to help the Eagles finish third in their first ACC season. Singletary averaged nearly 18 points and four assists, becoming Virginia's first player to make the first team since Bryant Stith in 1992.For more college basketball coverage, check out collegebasketball.rivals.com.