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ACC Player Of The Year Race In 2014 Is Heating Up

by Nick Byerly
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Once thought to be a runaway contest, many players are throwing their names into the hat for “Player of the Year” in the ACC.

North Carolina State’s own, T.J. Warren has been on a role the entire season and is the league leading scorer with 23.8 points per game. Warren is shooting over 50 percent from the field and for many people it’s the only reason State has remained relevant. But with the team floundering and likely too miss the tournament means many will look in another direction.

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(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Marcus Paige, the star guard for Carolina has been a second half wrecking machine lately and is climbing the points per game ladder. Paige has quickly become the fourth best scorer in the ACC with 17.5 points per game and is the main reason for Carolina’s win against Duke and State recently. Paige also is fourth in the ACC with 4.7 assist per game and using the eye test is just a winner.

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Jabari Parker vying for the “Rookie of The Year” is also looking to be crowned the MVP. Parker is a huge part of Duke’s arsenal and is second in the league in scoring with 18.8 points per game. Parker is also ranked on top in defensive rebounds per game with 8.9. Parker has become a double-double guy which makes you take notice, especially considering the competition he has played.

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But if you judge based more so off offensive numbers, which is the biggest factor in most peoples mind. There is a case to be made for Olivier Hanlan, the Boston College guard which is scoring at a rate of 18.2 points per game. Hanlan is looked at as the guy other teams have to shut down when playing Boston College.

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Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

You also have rookie, Tyler Ennis the go to guy for Syracuse. Ennis much like Parker is eyeing “Rookie of The Year” honors, but the fact remains that Ennis has been the game winning crutch for Syracuse lately. The ACC leader for assist at 5.6 may not have the best numbers but is a consistent player.

But not just looking at the numbers, most are going to consider how the teams are preforming. So does it become a three person race with Parker, Ennis and Paige, simply because of the output of the wins the team accumulates? I view it this way, if you took that player off the team how would that team fare? Parker, Ennis and Paige taken off their respective teams still leave stars and points on the board. I just don’t see that with T.J. Warren, he is much too valuable to his team; therefore he is my favorite going forward.

Who’s your guy for “POY” in the ACC?

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