UNC’s dynamic duo all season long–junior forward Luke Maye and senior point guard Joel Berry–were recognized for their efforts on Sunday, as they were each named to the All-ACC First Team.
The league announced its regular season award winners Sunday with the conference tournament set to begin Tuesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Maye was also named the ACC’s Most Improved Player, while Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III took home both the league’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
Results were determined by a vote by the league’s head coaches, member schools’ radio broadcasters and a select media panel.
It’s the first All-ACC honor for Maye and the second for Berry, who was a Second Team selection last season.
So far this year, Maye is averaging a double-double for the Tar Heels at 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. This comes after the former walk-on averaged just 5.5 points a night in 2016-17–making it the largest scoring increase by a UNC player from one year to the next in program history.
Berry, meanwhile, leads the team with a 17.8 point scoring average and joins Maye as the first pair of Tar Heels to each average at least 17 points since Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins in 1984.
This is also the first time since 2012 that UNC has placed multiple players on the All-ACC First Team, a year that Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and John Henson all earned the honor.
UNC–the No. 6 seed in the ACC Tournament–is currently scheduled to play the winner of No. 11 Syracuse and No. 14 Wake Forest on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.
For the full list of All-ACC teams, click here.
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