Larkin, Kadji, Scott & Gamble Earn ACC Honors
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Fresh off their ACC tournament title, several players from the University of Miami men's basketball team were honored as standouts in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott each earned a spot on the inaugural Coaches All-ACC Basketball Team announced on Monday. Larkin, Scott and Julian Gamble were also named to the All-ACC Defensive Team. The selections are based on the result of a vote from the conference's 12 coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own players and ballots were received prior to the ACC Tournament.
Larkin was named first team All-ACC after an outstanding sophomore season in which he led Miami in scoring, assists, steals and 3-point percentage over 30 regular season games. He received 10 of a possible 11 first place votes for All-ACC balloting. The Orlando, Fla., native's defensive prowess was impressive, recording a steal in 26 games this season, including 20 straight games from Nov. 13 through Feb. 5. Larkin, who was named first team All-ACC and to the All-ACC Defensive Team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) following the conclusion of the regular season, is a finalist for the Cousy Award and the Wooden Award. He has been named an All-American by The Sporting News and earned All-District honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Kadji earned second team All-ACC honors after playing a vital role for the Hurricanes this season. The 6-foot-11 forward led Miami in rebounding, pulling down 206 boards over 30 regular season games. He also was second on the team in scoring, blocks and 3-point percentage. The senior from Cameroon elevated his game in conference play, leading Miami in scoring, rebounding and 3-point percentage. Kadji also had some memorable performances, including a game-winning 3-pointer Feb. 17 at Clemson and a career-high 23 points to clinch the ACC regular-season title March 9 on Senior Day. He was named second team All-ACC by the ASCMA following the conclusion of the regular season.
Scott's impact on the floor this season was recognized by the conference coaches as they named the senior third team All-ACC. Scott, who was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the ASCMA following the conclusion of the regular season, is considered Miami's best on-ball defender. The Bronx, N.Y., native used his 6-foot-5 frame to lock down guards and wings all season. Scott had at least one steal in 22 of his 27 games this season and collected multiple steals in 15 games this year. In 27 regular season games, Scott collected 44 total steals and three blocks, while averaging 12.9 points per game. He was named All-ACC honorable mention by the ASCMA.
Gamble was an impact player that often did not receive the recognition he deserved this season. The senior filled in for an injured Reggie Johnson late in December and helped guide Miami to an ACC regular season title and an ACC tournament championship. Gamble averaged 6.6 points per game during the regular season, but made a huge impact on defense. The Durham, N.C., native led the Hurricanes in blocks (54) and ranked fourth in steals (13) over 30 regular season games.
Joe Harris, Jr., Virginia (33)
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke (33)
Shane Larkin, So., Miami (32)
Erick Green, Sr., Virginia Tech (31)
Seth Curry, Sr., Duke (31)
Reggie Bullock, Jr., North Carolina (23)
Kenny Kadji, Sr., Miami (23)
James Michael McAdoo, So., North Carolina (23)
Lorenzo Brown, Jr., NC State (21)
Richard Howell, Sr., NC State (19)
C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State (15)
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State (14)
Ryan Anderson, So., Boston College (9)
Durand Scott, Sr., Miami (9)
C.J. Harris, Sr., Wake Forest (8)
Akil Mitchell, Jr., Virginia (8)
Devin Booker, Sr., Clemson (6); Ryan Kelly, Sr., Duke (6); Alex Len, So., Maryland (6); P.J. Hairston, So., North Carolina (4).
All-ACC Freshmen Team
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (11)
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke (10)
T.J. Warren, NC State (10)
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest (10)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (7)
Robert Carter, Jr., Georgia Tech (7)
All-ACC Defensive Team
Durand Scott, Sr., Miami (7)
Jontel Evans, Sr., Virginia (6)
Shane Larkin, So., Miami (6)
Julian Gamble, Sr., Miami (5)
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke (5)
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State (5)