March 8, 2010
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal was named third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference Monday in voting announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Teammate Derrick Favors was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team.
The 6-9 junior from Norcross, Ga., made the team for the second straight year, having been named to the third team in 2009. Lawal is the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer and rebounder this year, averaging 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. He ranks second in the ACC in rebound average and 13th in scoring.
Lawal has converted 52.7 percent of his field goal tries this year, and has blocked 44 shots, which ranks eighth in the ACC. He has recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds 11 times this season, which ranks No. 2 in the ACC.
Favors, named earlier Monday to the Sporting News’ national All-Freshman team, was the leading vote-getter on the ACC’s All-Rookie team. The 6-10 freshman from Atlanta is No. 2 behind Lawal in both scoring and rebounding for the Yellow Jackets, but No. 1 on the team in those categories for conference games only. Favors has shot 60.4 percent from the floor this year and blocked a team-high 61 shots.
Three players are unanimous choices to the All-ACC basketball team. Guards Greivis Vasquez of Maryland, Jon Scheyer of Duke and Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech were named as first-teamers, along with Duke’s Kyle Singler and Clemson’s Trevor Booker.
Forward Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest, Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg and three Smiths — Wake guard Ishmael Smith, Duke guard Nolan Smith and N.C. State center Tracy Smith — make up the second team.
The third team includes Lawal, Florida State forward Chris Singleton and center Solomon Alabi, Boston College forward Joe Trapani and Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson.
Joining Favors on the ACC All-Rookie team includes Maryland’s Jordan Williams, Miami’s Durand Scott, Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris and Florida State’s Michael Snaer.