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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Duke’s Nolan Smith is the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, and three of the league’s other individual awards belong to regular season champion North Carolina.
The Tar Heels’ Roy Williams is the coach of the year, Harrison Barnes is the league’s top freshman and John Henson is its defensive player of the year.
The individual award winners were announced Tuesday following a vote of 75 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Smith, a unanimous all-ACC pick, received 73 votes for the individual honor. He leads the league with an average of 21.6 points and is the ACC-record 14th Blue Devil to win the award and first since J.J. Redick in 2006.
Williams received 52 votes to win the coaching award for the second time in the ACC.

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    I am a UNC fan but agree 100% with Nolan Smith being named the ACC player of the year. He is a tremendous talent. With that said Roy Williams has to be the Coach of the Year. How can a team go 14-2 in the conference and not place a single player on the all-conference team? It has to be a great coaching job..


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