C.J. Fair was the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. And while he didn't quite match that hype, he did get rewarded for his efforts by getting named to the 2013-14 All-ACC Basketball First-Team.
Fair led SU with 16.9 PPG (7th in ACC) while also grabbing 6.2 RPG. Fair also ranks ninth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.441) and second in minutes played (37.8). Highlights on the season include, a 24-point game in Syracuse's win over Baylor in the Maui Invitational, a 28-point performance in Syracuse's overtime win over Duke and a 22-point, 7-rebound effort in the season-closing victory over FSU.
Freshman Tyler Ennis was named to the All-ACC Season Team. Ennis exceeding lofty expectations by playing way above his age and leading the Orange with clutch performance after clutch performance. Notable games include a 28-point performance in a Maui Invitational win over Cal, 20 points in a win over Villanova and a 20-point, six assist game against Maryland.
Finally, sophomore Jerami Grant was named to the All-ACC Honorable Mention. Despite spending a bunch of games on the bench with a back injury late in the season, Grant managed to average 12.0 PPG and 6.8 RPG as a core cog in the Orange machine. He recorded five double-doubles on the year, including a 24-point, 12-rebound effort in Syracuse's win over Duke.
Some will make the case that Ennis deserved to be on the top line as well while others might say Fair and Ennis should flip-flop while there's probably going to be a few non-SU folks who think their guy deserved the top spot over Fair. Regardless, when your team finishes 27-4 (14-4), your players were doing something right and the accolades are well-deserved.
ACSMA All-ACC Team
(First place votes in parenthesis, followed by total points)
Jabari Parker, Fr.. Duke (77) 231
Tony Warren, So., North Carolina State (77), 231
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (69) 223
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (47) 200
K.J. McDaniels, Jr. Clemson (46) 199
Malcolm Brogdon, So., Virginia (35) 170
Lamar Patterson, Sr. Pitt (10) 158
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (13) 156
Rodney Hood, Jr., Duke (4) 148
James Michael McAdoo, Jr., North Carolina (2) 103
Olivier Hanlan, So., Boston College (3) 101
Joe Harris, Sr., Virginia (1) 79
Rion Brown, Sr., Miami 52
Dez Wells, Jr., Maryland 45
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech 34
(10 points or more)
Eric Atkins, Sr., Notre Dame 30
Talib Zanna, Sr., Pitt 28
Aaron Thomas, So., Florida State 27
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia 17
Jerami Grant,So. Syracuse 15
Ryan Anderson, Jr., Boston College 10