March 9, 2009
Georgia Tech sophomore Gani Lawal has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team, while freshman Iman Shumpert has been named to the ACC’s all-Freshman team in voting announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Lawal, a 6-9 sophomore from Norcross, Ga., is Tech’s first All-ACC honoree since Javaris Crittenton in 2007, and the Jackets’ first post player so ho0nored since Chris Bosh in 2003. He ranks second in the ACC in rebounding (9.4 per game) and field goal percentage (55.5), and has the most games of 10 rebounds or more (17) and double-doubles (17) of any ACC player this year. He also leads Tech in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
Lawal also earned honorable mention on the league’s all-defensive team. He ranks sixth in the ACC in blocked shots in all games, third in ACC games only.
Shumpert, a 6-5 freshman from Oak Park, Ill., has averaged 10.5 points and 5.1 assists per game this year, playing more than 30 minutes per game. He ranks third in the ACC in assist average and second in steals, and among the league’s freshmen, he ranks third in scoring, first in assists and third in minutes. He is the seventh Tech player to make the All-Freshman team under head coach Paul Hewitt.
The rest of the All-ACC teams are as follows. The conference’s Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors will be announced Tuesday. 2009 All-ACC Men’s Basketball Teams & Individual Awards (76 Total Votes)
ALL-ACC(1st Team Vote - 3 points; 2nd Team Vote - 2 points; 3rd Team Vote - 1 point)
First Team PointS Tyler Hansbrough, Sr., North Carolina* 228 Toney Douglas, Sr., Florida State 226 Ty Lawson, Jr., North Carolina 224 Gerald Henderson, Jr., Duke 210 Jack McClinton, Sr., Miami 188 *unanimous 1st team
Second Team Points Jeff Teague, So., Wake Forest 185 Trevor Booker, Jr., Clemson 156 Tyrese Rice, Sr., Boston College 151 Kyle Singler, So., Duke 128 Greivis Vasquez, Jr., Maryland 116
Third Team Points James Johnson, So., Wake Forest 100 Malcolm Delaney, So., Virginia Tech 83 A.D. Vassallo, Sr., Virginia Tech 81 Danny Green, Sr., North Carolina 48 Gani Lawal, So., Georgia Tech 46
Honorable Mention (15 or more points) Points Wayne Ellington, Jr., North Carolina 41 K.C. Rivers, Sr., Clemson 33 Sylven Landesberg, Fr., Virginia 15
ALL-FRESHMAN Votes Sylven Landesberg, Virginia* 76 Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest* 76 Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech 70 Solomon Alabi, Florida State 59 Ed Davis, North Carolina 55 *unanimous
Honorable Mention (15 or more votes) Chris Singleton, Florida State 21
ALL-DEFENSIVE Votes Trevor Booker, Jr., Clemson 67 Toney Douglas, Sr., Florida State 67 Solomon Alabi, Fr., Florida State 53 Danny Green, Sr., North Carolina 28 L.D. Williams, Jr., Wake Forest 26
Honorable Mention (15 or more votes) Ty Lawson, Jr., North Carolina 20 Gani Lawal, So., Georgia Tech 17 Courtney Fells, Sr., NC State 16 Gerald Henderson, Jr., Duke 15