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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Duke tabbed to win ACC, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora, UNC’s Cole Anthony honored

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    Duke was selected as the favorite to win the 2019-20 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, as chosen by media members at 2019 Operation Basketball. Picked as the preseason ACC favorite for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in seven years, the Blue Devils are the reigning ACC Tournament champion.

    Duke received 51 first-place votes out of the 111 total votes and finished with 1,564 points, leading North Carolina, Louisville and Virginia atop the preseason poll.

    Louisville forward Jordan Nwora was chosen the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, well ahead in the voting over North Carolina’s Cole Anthony and Duke’s Tre Jones.

    Anthony, the former Archbishop Molloy and Oak Hill Academy (VA) star, was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.

    Duke opens the 2019-20 season versus Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 5.

    ACC Preseason Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)

    1. Duke (51), 1564

    2. North Carolina (19), 1493

    3. Louisville (29), 1448

    4. Virginia (12), 1405

    5. Florida State, 1157

    6. NC State, 1038

    7. Notre Dame, 915

    8. Syracuse, 910

    9. Miami, 768

    10. Pitt, 577

    11. Clemson, 564

    12. Georgia Tech, 437

    13. Boston College, 382

    14. Virginia Tech, 334

    15. Wake Forest, 328

    Preseason All-ACC Team

    First Team

    Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 95

    Tre Jones, Duke, 89

    Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 81

    John Mooney, Notre Dame, 51

    Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 49

    Second Team

    Markell Johnson, NC State, 39

    Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 19

    Chris Lykes, Miami, 18

    Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 11

    Trent Forrest, Florida State, 11

    Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year

    Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 89

    Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 8

    Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 5

    Casey Morsell, Virginia, 3

    Cassius Stanley, Duke, 3

    Matthew Hurt, Duke, 3

    Preseason ACC Player of the Year

    Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 55

    Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 31

    Tre Jones, Duke, 19

    John Mooney, Notre Dame, 3

    Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 2

    Markell Johnson, NC State, 1



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.