After defeating Duke on Saturday, former UNC Tar Heels came out in full force to dispute the ACC’s choice for Player of the Year. It wasn’t Armando Bacot.
Bacot would’ve been a popular choice for player of the year given his statistics and consistency throughout the season — he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest. The junior established himself as one of the best big men in the country, yet that went unrecognized by the ACC, at least in terms of providing the UNC product the league’s highest honor.
Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Bacot deserved the honor in his postgame press conference.
“Bacot has been the Player of the Year in our conference, and he showed that today,” Krzyzewski said.
If that’s not high enough praise, then I don’t know what is. Yet, the ACC voters went with Wake Forest senior guard Alondes Williams.
UNC basketball: Former Tar Heels go to bat for Armando Bacot
The UNC family wasn’t thrilled with the ACC’s decision, so they stepped up to bat for Bacot, who himself had a great season.
This isn’t to take anything away from Williams, who averaged 19.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game while shooting an impressive 52 percent from the field.
Brandon Robinson, who is also a grad assistant, didn’t hide his feelings either.
Bacot was named to the All-ACC first team, and could be a first-team All American by the time the season is up.
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