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In today's print edition, I wrote about the topsy-turvy all-ACC situation, where it's possible only one member of the preseason all-ACC team may make first-team all-ACC at the end of the season, and the player-of-the-year race remains wide open.

Additionally, I checked in with tempo-free stat expert Ken Pomeroy to get his statistical take on the ACC awards race, with Mason Plumlee leading the pack, and I also put together my ballot if I had to vote today -- which, thankfully, I do not.

Pomeroy picks a national player of the year based on a proprietary formula that combines player performance with team success; Plumlee has been among the leaders all season and went into Tuesday night's games ranked fourth nationally. (Louisville's Russ Smith was No. 1.) Applying that same formula to the ACC, Pomeroy said Plumlee had a significant lead within the conference.

The rest of his all-ACC team going into Tuesday night's games:

Plumlee, Duke
Joe Harris, Virginia
Akil Mitchell, Virginia
Shane Larkin, Miami
Kenny Kadji, Miami

(The influence of Virginia's slow-tempo, high-efficiency offense is obvious here; Kadji, at the moment, is on the first-team bubble for most voters I've talked with -- totally worthy, but behind Erick Green and Richard Howell as things stand.)

My current ballot, very much subject to change, leaning toward Plumlee as POY at the moment but I find Green's raw numbers very hard to ignore:

FIRST TEAM
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Joe Harris, Virginia
Richard Howell, N.C. State
Shane Larkin, Miami
Mason Plumlee, Duke

SECOND TEAM
Ryan Anderson, Boston College
Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State
Reggie Bullock, North Carolina
Seth Curry, Duke
Kenny Kadji, Miami

THIRD TEAM
(about nine players under consideration here, but at the moment...)
Quinn Cook, Duke
C.J. Leslie, N.C. State
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Durand Scott, Miami
Michael Snaer, Florida State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mason Plumlee, Duke
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke

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Akil Mitchell

If you think Howell is a first-teamer, which I agree with, then I surprised you don't think Akil Mitchell merits inclusion at all. Mitchell's numbers are very close to Howell in every category and his defense has been excellent this year, as he has shut down bigger post players repeatedly. Why is Pomeroy's inclusion of two UVA players on his first-team an "obvious" indication of a flaw in his system? Maybe it's just that Mitchell is being overlooked. At a minimum, Mitchell's been far more worthy of inclusion than McAdoo, who's going to get plenty of votes based on little more than name recognition.

fair picks

I'd be interested in knowing which 4 you left out for 3rd team. Not that I have an issue with who you have there. Based on the entire year, CJ probably belongs there, although at this moment, if I were picking sides for a 3-on-3 game, I'd probably choose TJ Warren over CJ. TJ lately has been better than CJ in all aspects except for blocked shots.

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or luke.decock@newsobserver.com.
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