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Jackets Picked to Finish Fourth in ACC

Oct. 22, 2006

ATLANTA – Consistent with most pre-season college basketball publications, Georgia Tech was projected to finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season by the sports writers and broadcasters attending the ACC’s 38th Annual Operation Basketball media day.

The media group also named Tech freshman forward Thaddeus Young as its pick for ACC Rookie of the Year, while Tech point guard Javaris Crittenton was the thirf-leading vote-getter in that category. Junior guard Anthony Morrow, the ACC’s top three-point shooter last year, was named to the all-conference second team.

The Yellow Jackets return six of their top seven scorers from a team that went 11-17 last year, and have added a freshman class ranked as high as sixth in the nation.

North Carolina was the media’s choice to win the conference, while Duke was picked to finish second and Boston College to finish third. Behind Tech were, in order, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Wake Forest, Miami and NC State.

The Yellow Jackets received one second-place vote, 13 for third place, 30 for fourth and 10 for fifth. The Tar Heels received 59 of 62 possible first-place votes.

Tech has just completed its first week of pre-season practice, and has an exhibition game scheduled for Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. against Morehouse at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Jackets open the regular season Nov. 10 against Elon.

All-ACC

First Team Tyler Hansbrough, UNC, 62 Jared Dudley, BC, 58 Sean Singletary, UVa, 53 Al Thornton, FSU, 53 Josh McRoberts, Duke, 52

Second Team Anthony Morrow, GT, 7 Coleman Collins, VT, 6 Reyshawn Terry, UNC, 4 J.R. Reynolds, UVa, 4 Zabian Dowdell, VT, 2

ACC Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, UNC, 48 Al Thornton, FSU, 4 Josh McRoberts, Duke, 4 Sean Singletary, UVa, 3 Jared Dudley, BC, 3

ACC Rookie of the Year Thaddeus Young, GT, 24 Ty Lawson, UNC, 15 Javaris Crittenton, GT, 4 Wayne Ellington, UNC, 2 six others with 1 vote

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