Wrapping up the Pitt Hoops regular season, finishing .500 in ACC. Playing Syracuse again in the ACC Tournament, do they need this win to make sure they make NCAA Tournament?
From Pitt PR- Pitt junior forward Michael Young was named third team All-ACC as voted upon by Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) Sunday. An honorable mention All-ACC selection a year ago, Young ranks among the league leaders in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage this season.
The Duquesne, Pa., native enters the 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 54.0 percent (176-of-326) from the field and 79.0 percent (128-of-162) from the foul line. Young has scored in double figures in 28 of Pitt’s 30 games, including 17 times in ACC play. He is tied for fifth in the ACC in double-figure scoring games and it also tied for eighth with nine games with 20 or more points scored.
Young is the second Panther to earn All-ACC honors from ACSMA, joining Lamar Patterson who was a second team selection in 2014. Talib Zanna (2014), Jamel Artis (2015) and Young (2015) have received honorable mention status from the league’s media.
Pitt, 20-10 overall and 9-9 in the ACC, earned the No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play Syracuse (19-12, 9-9) in the second round of the event Wednesday, March 9. Tipoff is set for noon with ESPN and the ACC Network televising the contest.
Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon claimed Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades with Duke’s Brandon Ingram (Freshman of the Year), Miami’s Jim Larranaga (Coach of the Year), Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame (Most Improved) and North Carolina’s Isaiah Hicks (Sixth Man) receiving individual award honors.
Brogdon headlined the All-ACC first team along with Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Anthony Barber (NC State), Grayson Allen (Duke) and Blossomgame (Clemson). The second team was comprised of Michael Gbinije (Syracuse), Sheldon McClellan (Miami), Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame), Ingram (Duke) and Damion Lee (Louisville).
Young is joined on the third team by Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech), Anthony Gill (Virginia), Zach Auguste (Notre Dame) and Angel Rodriguez (Miami).
Ingram was a unanimous choice on the all-freshman team with Dwayne Bacon (Florida State), Malik Beasley (Florida State), Malachi Richardson (Syracuse) and Bryant Crawford (Wake Forest).
Brogdon (Virginia), Gbinije (Syracuse), Tonye Jekiri (Miami), Landry Nnoko (Clemson) and Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville) round out the all-defensive team.