Oct. 20, 2010
Charlotte, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference this coming season, ahead of Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest, mirroring the projections on many preseason magazines.
Defending national champion Duke was a nearly unanimous preseason choice to win the ACC Wednesday in ballotting by the media attending the league’s annual Operation Basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C.
The Blue Devils earned 61 of a possible 62 first-place votes in ballots cast by media members at the league’s Operation Basketball preseason media event Wednesday. Senior Kyle Singler – the most outstanding player at last year’s Final Four – was the preseason player of the year.
Virginia Tech, led by all-ACC pick Malcolm Delaney, was picked second. North Carolina was voted third following last year’s struggles, and had the league’s predicted rookie of the year in freshman Harrison Barnes.
North Carolina State was picked fourth, followed by Florida State, Maryland, Clemson, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest.
2010-11 ACC Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
1 Duke (61) 743
2 Virginia Tech 632
3 North Carolina (1) 622
4 NC State 526
5 Florida State 496
6 Maryland 432
7 Clemson 335
8 Miami 305
9 Georgia Tech 274
10 Boston College 173
11 Virginia 164
12 Wake Forest 134
2010-11 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team
Kyle Singler, Duke, 62 (unanimous)
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, 61
Nolan Smith, Duke, 55
Tracy Smith, NC State, 45
Chris Singleton, Duke, 29
2010-11 ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Kyle Singler, Duke (38 of 62 votes)
2010-11 ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Harison Barnes, North Carolina (46 of 62 ballots)
GEORGIA TECH HOOPSFEST
The Yellow Jackets will make their first public appearance Friday night with its annual Georgia Tech Hoopsfest, from 6:30-8:30 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The night includes a 20-minute scrimmage by the Tech team, poster giveaways and an autograph session, a dunking performance by Sky Hawk, games, food and prizes. Admission is free and the media is welcome.
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Georgia Tech already is one of the smaller teams in the ACC this year, but it will be even smaller over the next few weeks leading up to its exhibition game against Clark Atlanta on Nov. 5. Red-shirt freshman center Daniel Miller is out for the next three weeks with mononucleosis, which has forced him out of practice since Saturday afternoon. True freshman center Nate Hicks suffered a concussion during Sunday afternoon’s practice, and will be out at lease one week, perhaps two.