Athlon published their preseason all-ACC selections yesterday, and Pitt cracked double digits.
There are four ways to make this team, mind you – first team, second team, third team and honorable mention. The conventional wisdom is that anything third team and honorable mention or a little bit more like participation trophies, and exist so that all the ACC members can have some kind of representation. Still, top-four in a sixteen team league means you are better than 75% of your competition, and I suppose that’s better than being average.
There are a few ways to slice Pitt’s 10-player haul. The first and most obvious is that THIS IS THE PRESEASON and really none of this amounts to a hill of beans. But if you are talking about actual analysis (because it’s June and we are bored as hell) then first and most obvious is to look at Pitt’s total number of selections vs other ACC teams. Only Clemson and Virginia Tech had more players named than Pitt (Clemson had 14 and the Hokies had 13). The much-hated UNC Tarheels were nipping at Pitt’s um…heels with nine selections. Continue reading “Ten Preseason All ACC Selections”