Harris and Thomas Earn All-ACC Honors From Coaches
March 18, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
Harris was named third team All-ACC, while Thomas was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
The selections were made by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches. Balloting was conducted prior to last weekend's ACC Tournament and was based on regular season performance. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
C.J. Harris, who received eight points in the coaches' voting, led Wake Forest in scoring with 15.4 points per game during his senior season. He ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring and also led the league in free throw shooting at 84.7 percent (138-of-163).
Harris also ranked ninth in the ACC in 3-point field goals (1.9 per game) and 10th in minutes played (32.8).
Harris was an honorable mention All-ACC selection by ACSMA after earning third team honors as a junior in 2011-12.
Harris scored in double figures in 26 games this past year, including six 20-point performances. He 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 finished his career with 1,613 points in 124 games for an average of 13.0 per contest. He became just the 17th player in school history to score 1,600 points in a career.
Harris will go down as one of the top free throw shooters in league history with an 83.4 percent (533-of-639) mark for his career. He ranks seventh in school history and in the top 30 in ACC history in free throw percentage.
Devin Thomas was one of the most productive freshmen in the ACC this season. He averaged 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 averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 49.8 percent on the year.
Thomas, who was also named ACSMA's All-ACC Freshman Team last week, was listed on 10 ballots in the coaches' voting.
The Harrisburg, Pa. native led all ACC freshmen in rebounding and blocked shots and was the only rookie ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in each category. He ranked sixth in both rebounding and blocks. In conference play, Thomas ranked fourth in the league in rebounding and sixth in blocks.
Thomas led all ACC freshmen with eight double-figure rebounding games. He had two games of 14 rebounds, which is tied for the second-most by a rookie this year.
Thomas 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 led the team in rebounding and blocked shots (43) and ranked third in scoring and steals (32) and fourth in assists (41). He scored in double figures in 14 games, including five of the final six games of the year.
2013 Coaches’ All-ACC Team (Voting point totals in parenthesis)
2013 Coaches ACC All-ACC Freshmen Team
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