The ACC media members announced their choices for the All-ACC basketball teams, and to no ones surprise, Maryland got very little love.
You have to move all the way down the list to Third Team before the Terrapins get any love, where Dez Wells was given the honor. Wells, who averaged 14.8 points per game and 4.4 rebounds, joins Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan, Virginia’s Joe Harris, Miami’s Rion Brown, and Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller to round out the Third Team. Wells did not receive a single vote for the First Team.
Wells was a crucial player for the Terps in the ACC, averaging 15.4 points during conference play. That stat is notable, because rare are the players who actually elevate their game when the competition gets tougher; most players have great stats thanks to great out of conference play. Second Teamer Lamar Patterson, for example, shot about 45% on the year, but was actually a hair above 40% from the floor during conference play. Wells, on the other hand, scored more points and actually did it more efficiently.
Do I think it’s fair? Sure. These teams are formalities, and hold no weight. It doesn’t shock me that five of the ten spots for First- and Second-team are occupied by players from North Carolina schools. Dez was top ten in scoring despite not being top fifteen in minutes played, top ten in true shooting percentage (58%, tied with TJ Warren), and played well against just about everyone, consistently. Still, he played for Maryland, and the ACC ideally would like their affiliation with this school washed from history. To leave him off every team would have been obvious, but to giving him one of the last spots on the third team just makes sense.
Whatever. I’m happy for Dez anyway. He’s been a steady presence for the Terps and a guy who quietly leads by his performance on the court. Well done, sir!