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Duke picked to finish 2nd in ACC, Jalen Johnson named to preseason All-ACC first team

<p>Coach K hasn't led the Blue Devils to an ACC regular-season title since 2010.</p>

Coach K hasn't led the Blue Devils to an ACC regular-season title since 2010.

Duke hasn't taken home the ACC regular-season crown since 2010. The media expects that streak to extend another year.

The Blue Devils were selected to finish second in the conference in the ACC's annual preseason media poll, nabbing 34 first-place votes out of the 155 total votes as well as 2146 total points. Virginia was named the ACC favorite, taking 97 first-place votes and 2214 points, while Florida State placed third with 15 first-place votes and 1973 points and North Carolina fourth with seven first-place votes and 1933 points, respectively.

Freshman Jalen Johnson was named to the preseason All-ACC first team, finishing second in Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year voting to Florida State's Scottie Barnes. 

Johnson, the No. 13 ranked recruit in the country, nabbed 60 votes for Freshman of the Year, while Barnes, the No. 5 ranked recruit, garnered 64.

Sophomore Wendell Moore Jr. was awarded preseason All-ACC second team honors, with both Moore and fellow sophomore Mathew Hurt Hurt receiving votes for Preseason ACC Player of the Year. Johnson did not garner any Player of the Year votes.

In addition to Johnson, shooting guard DJ Steward, point guard Jeremy Roach and center Mark Williams received votes for Freshman of the Year.

Here's the full preseason honors:

Preseason All-ACC teams

First team:

Garrison Brooks, North Carolina (137 votes)

Sam Hauser, Virginia (89)

Scottie Barnes, Florida State (59)

Jalen Johnson, Duke (52)

Aamir Simms, Clemson (50)

Chris Lykes, Miami (50)


Second team:

David Johnson, Louisville (46)

Jose Alvarado (43)

M.J. Walker, Florida State (38)

Kihei Clark, Virginia (37)

Wendell Moore Jr., Duke (32)


Preseason Player of the Year

Garrison Brooks, North Carolina (102)

Sam Hauser, Virginia (24)

M.J. Walker, Florida State (10)

Wendell Moore Jr., Duke (7)

Aamir Simms, Clemson (5)

Matthew Hurt, Duke (3)

Chris Lykes, Miami (3)

Kihei Clark, Virginia (1)


Preseason Freshman of the Year

Scottie Barnes, Florida State (64)

Jalen Johnson, Duke (60)

Caleb Love, North Carolina (9)

Day'Ron Sharpe, North Carolina (6)

DJ Steward, Duke (4)

Reece Beekman, Virginia (3)

Jeremy Roach, Duke (3)

RJ Davis, North Carolina (3)

Mark Williams, Duke (2)

Cam Hayes, NC State (1)


Predicted order of finish

1. Virginia (97 first-place votes), 2214 total points

2. Duke (34), 2146

3. Florida State (15), 1973

4. North Carolina (7), 1933

5. Louisville (2), 1693

6. Syracuse, 1234

7. Miami, 1223

8. NC State, 1149

9. Georgia Tech, 1147

10. Clemson, 1057

11. Virginia Tech, 794

12. Notre Dame, 769

13. Pitt, 635

14. Boston College, 404

15. Wake Forest, 229

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