GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami senior Durand Scott has been voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Defensive Player of the Year by the league's 12 head coaches.
The coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players and cast their ballots before last week's ACC Tournament, chose Scott in a tight vote. Scott received three votes to edge Virginia guard Jontel Evans, who received two. Seven other players received one vote each.
The 6-foot-5 Scott, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., has usually been called upon to be the lockdown defender for a Hurricane unit that has allowed just 60.7 points per game while forcing opponents to shoot a shade under 40 percent from the floor.
Scott, who ranks third among ACC players with 1.6 steals per game, was also named the 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media and was named to the 2013 Coaches All-ACC Defensive Team on Monday.
The senior was selected as the conference's top defender, but two of his teammates also garnered some attention. Senior big men Julian Gamble and Kenny Kadji each received a vote for ACC Defensive Player of the Year, making them two of the seven players who tied for third in votes.
Defensive Player of the Year
(With votes received)
Durand Scott, Sr., Miami (3)
Jontel Evans, Sr., Virginia (2)
Lorenzo Brown, Jr., NC State (1)
Julian Gamble, Sr., Miami (1)
Joe Harris, Jr., Virginia (1)
Kenny Kadji, Sr., Miami (1)
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke (1)
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State (1)
Okaro White, Jr., Florida State (1)
Durand Scott's 2012-13 Awards
• ACC Defensive Player of the Year (ASCMA)
• ACC All-Tournament First Team
• ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
• All-ACC Third Team (Coaches)
• All-ACC Defensive Team (Coaches)
• All-ACC Honorable Mention (ASCMA)
• ACC All-Defensive Team (ASCMA)
• ACC Player of the Week - Dec. 17
• ACC Player of the Week - Jan. 28