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Saturday May 28th

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Our ACC Media Day Ballots

The ACC hosted its annual Operation Basketball on Wednesday in Charlotte, and with that came the preseason media poll. In addition to checking out the final poll with the previous link, we are also giving you a look at the three Daily Tar Heel reporters who submitted ballots of their own. 

Feel free to agree or disagree with us in the comments, or hit us up on Twitter. We love Twitter. 

We also talked about media day in our most recent podcast. Be sure to check that out as well.

Sports Editor Pat James (@patjames24)

One of my selections on my All-ACC Ballot obviously sticks out from my co-workers as well as fellow media members. Toward the end of the 2014-15 season, few players in the ACC were as impressive as North Carolina forward Justin Jackson. In 11 of UNC's final 12 games of the season, Jackson scored in double figures, shot 52.1 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from 3-point land. I expect this version of Jackson to be the one the Tar Heels get from the beginning to the end of the season. Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon's ability to contribute in almost every facet of the game separates him from some of the ACC's best players, and I see his role continuing to expand in his senior season. Duke first-year Brandon Ingram, who was ranked by DraftExpress.com as the No. 1 NBA draft prospect in the ACC, is the obvious pick for the Rookie of the Year. UNC, UVa. and Duke are shoulders above the rest of the ACC field, but I see Miami — which returns 73 percent of its scoring — as a potential sleeper in the conference.  

All-ACC Ballot

  1. Malcolm Brogdon, Guard, Virginia
  2. Marcus Paige, Guard, North Carolina
  3. Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke
  4. Justin Jackson, Forward, North Carolina
  5. Anthony Gill, Forward, Virginia 

Preseason Player of the Year Ballot

  1. Malcolm Brogdon, Guard, Virginia 

Preseason Rookie of the Year Ballot

  1. Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. North Carolina
  2. Virginia
  3. Duke
  4. Miami (FL)
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Louisville
  7. N.C. State
  8. Florida State
  9. Syracuse
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Wake Forest
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Clemson
  14. Georgia Tech
  15. Boston College

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Senior Writer Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo)

The first three players on my All-ACC Ballot seemed to be pretty straightforward, as Brogdon and Paige are seen as the top two players in the league by most people, along with myself, and I'm expecting Brandon Ingram to take on a huge roll with the Blue Devils in his rookie campaign. I'm also expecting big steps forward from both Johnson and Gill this season in their senior seasons. Ingram seemed to be the easy choice for Rookie of the Year, and what set Brogdon apart from Paige when it came down to player of the year for me was the fact that two of Virginia's four top scorers from last season (Justin Anderson and Darian Atkins) will no longer be around, while the Tar Heels are returning each of their top four scorers from last season. I feel like Brogdon will only be given the opportunity to up his game with that void. 

All-ACC Ballot

  1. Malcolm Brogdon, Guard, Virginia
  2. Marcus Paige, Guard, North Carolina
  3. Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke
  4. Brice Johnson, Forward, North Carolina
  5. Anthony Gill, Forward, Virginia 

Preseason Player of the Year Ballot

  1. Malcolm Brogdon, Guard, Virginia 

Preseason Rookie of the Year Ballot

  1. Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. North Carolina
  2. Virginia
  3. Duke 
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Miami
  6. N.C. State
  7. Louisville
  8. Syracuse
  9. Florida State
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. Clemson
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Georgia Tech
  15. Boston College

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Assistant Sports Editor C Jackson Cowart (@cjacksoncowart)

After injuries hampered Marcus Paige in his junior campaign, the 2014 ACC Preseason Player of the Year seems primed to bounce back in his final season in Chapel Hill. Teammates Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill assume the load for conference contender Virginia, and Demetrius Jackson will channel his efficient and explosive play into a lead role with the Irish. Watch out for ACC leading returning scorer Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who could really turn heads in his sophomore season if he capitalizes on a breakout first-year campaign. The Player of the Year should be a battle between two standout senior guards, Paige and Brogdon, but the advantage goes to the headliner of the more prolific squad — so Paige earns the nod. After Duke's mass exodus of its championship roster, Brandon Ingram should inherit the lead scoring role for the Blue Devils and is a shoe-in for Rookie of the Year. North Carolina, Virginia and Duke are easy picks atop the conference standings, but Florida State — whose loaded backcourt features scoring sensation Ratham-Mayes alongside prized prospect Dwayne Bacon — should wreak havoc on ACC opponents and could surprise come tournament time.

All-ACC Ballot

  1. Marcus Paige, Guard, North Carolina
  2. Malcolm Brogdon, Guard, Virginia
  3. Demetrius Jackson, Guard, Notre Dame
  4. Anthony Gill, Forward, Virginia
  5. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Guard, Florida State

Preseason Player of the Year Ballot

  1. Marcus Paige, Guard, North Carolina

Preseason Rookie of the Year Ballot

  1. Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. North Carolina
  2. Virginia
  3. Duke 
  4. Florida State
  5. Miami
  6. Notre Dame
  7. N.C. State
  8. Louisville
  9. Syracuse
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Wake Forest
  12. Georgia Tech
  13. Clemson
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Boston College

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