March 10, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C.—University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) was named to the All-ACC Second Team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. In addition, Pitt senior forward Talib Zanna (Kaduna, Nigeria/Bishop McNamara H.S.) was named an honorable mention All-ACC selection.
ACSMA will announce its league Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday. The ACC coaches’ all-league team will be released later today.
On the year, Patterson leads Pitt in both scoring (17.6 ppg.) and assists (411) and ranks among league leaders in a variety of statistics including scoring (4th), assists (4th), field goal percentage (8th) and 3-point field goal percentage (4th). While playing a role in 41 percent of Pitt’s overall field goals, he has scored 30 or more points two times, 20 or more points 11 times and reached double figure scoring in 29 of 31 contests. An Oscar Robertson and Naismith National Player of the Year Award Watch List recipient, Patterson set a school-record with three ACC Player of the Week awards (Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Jan. 27). He was also named the Legends Classic Most Valuable Player.
In his career, Patterson became just the third player in school history to score more than 1,000 points (1,341), grab 500 rebounds (559) and dish out 400 assists (411) in a career. He has tied the school record for most career games played (143) and has started 97 consecutive contests at Pitt.
Zanna is averaging 12.5 points per game, ranks second in the ACC and leads Pitt in rebounding (8.3 rpg.) and has converted 56.1 percent (128-228) of his field goal attempts on the season. He has also recorded four 20-point games, 10 double-doubles, 23 double figure scoring games and 11 double figure rebounding games on the year. In 130 career games played, Zanna became the 43rd player in school history to score over 1,000 career points (1,038 currently) and the 21st player at Pitt to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career.
Pitt (23-8, 11-7 ACC) enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed. It begins ACC Tournament play on Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. ET against either No. 12 seed Wake Forest or No. 13 seed Notre Dame. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN.
2014 ACSMA AWARDS
ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM
Jabari Parker, Duke; T.J. Warren, NC State; Marcus Paige, North Carolina; C.J. Fair, Syracuse; K.J. McDaniels, Clemson
ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia; Lamar Patterson, Pitt; Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; Rodney Hood, Duke; James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College; Joe Harris, Virginia; Rion Brown, Miami; Dez Wells, Maryland; Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame; Talib Zanna, Pitt; Aaron Thomas, Florida State; Akil Mitchell, Virginia; Jeramie Grant, Syracuse; Ryan Anderson, Boston College
ALL-ACC DEFENSIVE TEAM
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson; Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech; Akil Mitchell, Virginia; Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina
ALL-ACC FRESHMAN TEAM
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; Jabari Parker, Duke; London Perrantes, Virginia; Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina; Devin Wilson, Virginia Tech
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
(votes in parenthesis)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (27); T.J. Warren, NC State (15); Rion Brown, Miami (14); Lamar Patterson, Pitt (5); K.J. McDaniels, Clemson (3); J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina (2); Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (2); 9 others receiving one vote
ACC SIXTH MAN AWARD
(votes in parenthesis)
Justin Anderson, Virginia (29); Ian Miller, Florida State (17); Brice Johnson, North Carolina (13); Aaron Thomas, Florida State (4); Andre Dawnkins, Duke (4); Coron Williams, Wake Forest (3); 6 others tied with one vote