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Singler makes all-ACC team for fourth time

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke senior captains Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith were named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team Monday.

Duke was the only school with two players on the first team, the second straight year it has done so.

It is the 17th season that the Blue Devils have had two first-team selections, with 11 of those seasons coming under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Singler, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Medford, has been named to the first team in each of the last two years and is a four-time all-ACC selection, with second-team honors in 2009 and third-team selection in 2008. He's averaging 17.4 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Singler is the 17th player in school history to earn first-team all-ACC honors in two or more seasons. He is just the fourth player to earn a spot on the all-ACC list in all four seasons, joining Mike Gminski, Johnny Dawkins and J.J. Redick.

Smith, who leads the ACC with an average of 21.6 points and is second in assists in conference games, was the only unanimous first-team selection, receiving all 75 first-place votes. It is his first career first-team honor and the second straight year he has made all-ACC. He was a second team choice last season.

Smith was also named to the ACC all-defensive team, the first such honor in his career.

Duke sophomore Mason Plumlee received honorable mention.

The two Blue Devil players were joined on the first team by Maryland's Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney and Boston College's Reggie Jackson.

For the first time in league history, the outright ACC regular-season champion failed to place any players on the first team. North Carolina did have three players make the second team and another on the third team.

Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes were on the second team, and Kendall Marshall was a third-team selection, making the Tar Heels the first team to place four players across the three teams since they did it in 2005, when they won the national championship.

The Tar Heels also had two players unanimously selected to two other teams. Barnes appeared on all 75 ballots in voting for the all-freshman team, and Henson was a unanimous pick to the all-defensive team.

Delaney, the ACC's second-leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, was also a repeat first-team selection.

Barnes, who led all ACC freshmen with a 14-point average, was joined on the freshman team by Marshall, Wake Forest's Travis McKie, Maryland's Terrell Stoglin and North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie.

Henson, who blocked at least one shot in the Tar Heels' last 15 games, and Smith were joined on the defensive team by Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert, Florida State's Chris Singleton and Clemson's Jerai Grant.

Duke's Kyle Singler (12) and Nolan Smith, left, another first-team ACC choice, are shown against Georgia Tech recently. - AP