Originally created 03/08/06

Devils, Heels dominate ACC honors



DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's J.J. Redick delivered the kind of scoring onslaught rarely seen in the Atlantic Coast Conference, so it's no surprise that on Tuesday the senior sharpshooter was again named the league's top player.

Redick is only the 10th player to win the Associated Press player of the year award in back-to-back seasons. He earned 105 of 108 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Redick becomes the first player to win the award in consecutive seasons since Wake Forest's Tim Duncan (1996-97) and joins Danny Ferry (1988-89) as the only Duke players to do it.

Redick averaged 27.8 points to help Duke clinch at least a share of the league's regular-season title for the seventh time in 10 seasons. That scoring run, which included three 40-point games, helped him pass Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric as the league's all-time scoring leader.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Once again, Duke's Shelden Williams was the Atlantic Coast Conference's runaway choice as the Associated Press' best defensive player.

Williams earned the honor for the second-consecutive season, by getting 102 of 106 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, easily outdistancing Clemson's Vernon Hamilton (three votes) and teammate Sean Dockery.

Williams has led the league in blocked shots for three seasons in a row.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: As expected, Tyler Hansbrough turned the competition for the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Year into a one-man race.

The North Carolina center received all 108 votes for the award announced a day after he became the first freshman in ACC history to earn unanimous first-team all-conference honors.

Hansbrough probably will become the first freshman in school history to lead his team in scoring and rebounding. He ranks second in the league in scoring (19 points a game) behind only Duke's Redick, and he is seventh in rebounding (7.6).

COACH OF THE YEAR: After leading North Carolina to a surprising second-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Roy Williams was named the league's Coach of the Year, easily beating Duke's Mike Krzyzewski for the honor.

Williams received 94 votes from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association while Coach K got six. Virginia's Dave Leitao (five) and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton (three) rounded out the ballot.

The 10th-ranked Tar Heels (21-6, 12-4 ACC) lost their top seven scorers from last year's national title team, yet somehow won their final seven games.