Wake Forest's Harris and McKie Named All-ACC, Thomas named All-Freshman
March 11, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's C.J. Harris and Travis McKie were named All-Atlantic Coast Conference and Devin Thomas earned ACC All-Freshman Team honors, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on Monday.
Harris and McKie were both honorable mention selections to the All-ACC teams. This marks the second straight season of earning All-ACC honors for both players.
Thomas was one of five rookies in the league named to the All-Freshman Team. He received 59 of a possible 77 votes to rank fourth in the voting.
Harris, a senior guard, is Wake Forest's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game. He ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring and leads the conference in free throw percentage at 85.2 percent on the year. Harris also ranks eighth in the ACC in 3-point field goals (1.9 per game) and 10th in minutes played (32.9).
A third team All-ACC selection last season, Harris has scored in double figures in 25 games this year including six 20-point performances. He has scored a career-high 29 points twice, leading the Deacons to wins over Boston College (Jan. 12) and Virginia Tech (March 10).
Harris was named the ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 25 after scoring 23 points to lead the Deacons to an 80-65 upset of then No. 2-ranked Miami the previous Saturday.
In conference play, Harris averaged 15.9 points and 1.9 assists while shooting 43.4 percent (36-of-83) from 3-point range and 87.6 percent (85-of-97) at the free throw line.
The Winston-Salem native is the second-leading career scorer among active ACC players with 1,594 points in 123 career games.
McKie, a junior forward, ranks second on the team in both scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). A true stat stuffer, McKie leads the Deacons in steals (41) and ranks second in scoring, rebounding, blocks (29) and free throw percentage (77.1%), third in 3-pointers made (32) and fifth in assists (36).
An honorable mention All-ACC pick last season as well, McKie currently ranks 10th in the ACC in rebounding and 12th in scoring. He is also sixth in the league in steals and ninth in free throw percentage. He is one of just three forwards ranked among the ACC's top 10 in steals.
McKie has scored in double figures in 23 games overall this season. The Richmond, Va. native has four double-doubles on the year, including three in conference play.
McKie has registered multiple assists in 13 games this season. He also has 11 multi-steal games and eight multi-block performances, including a career-high five blocks vs. Miami.
McKie leads all active ACC juniors with 1,326 career points and should enter next season as the league's leading returning career scorer.
Harris and McKie are the first Demon Deacons to earn multiple All-ACC honors since James Johnson was a third team pick in back-to-back seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Thomas has proven to be one of the most productive freshmen in the ACC this season. He is averaging just short of a double-double in conference play at 10.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game to go with 1.5 blocks and a shooting percentage of 51.8 percent.
Overall, Thomas is averaging 8.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 49.3 percent on the year.
The Harrisburg, Pa. native leads all ACC freshmen in rebounding and blocked shots and is the only rookie ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in each category. He ranks sixth in both rebounding and blocks. In conference play, Thomas ranks fourth in the league in rebounding and sixth in blocks.
Thomas leads all ACC freshmen with eight double-figure rebounding games. He has two games of 14 rebounds, which is tied for the second-most by a rookie this year.
Thomas has posted three double-doubles in conference play, including a performance against NC State that saw him finish with 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. His game against NC State, which led Wake Forest to an 86-84 upset of the then No. 18-ranked Wolfpack, earned him ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Jan. 28.
Thomas leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots (42) and ranks third in scoring and steals (30) and fourth in assists (37). He has scored in double figures in 13 games, including four of the past five entering the ACC Tournament.
Thomas is the 12th all-time Deacon to earn ACC All-Freshman Team honors and the first since McKie in 2010-11. Harris was also an All-Freshman selection in 2009-10.
At least one Deacon has earned All-ACC honors in 22 out of the last 24 seasons. This marks the fourth time in the past five seasons that Wake Forest has had multiple All-ACC picks.
ACSMA will announce the ACC Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year awards on Tuesday afternoon. The coaches' All-ACC teams and individual awards will be announced next Monday.