Kendall Marshall got royally screwed today, I would love for anyone to rationally explain to me how the best point guard in the nation was left off the All-ACC first team? Nobody, and I mean nobody on the planet that has any type of knowledge about ACC basketball can justify his absence. The only excuse that’s out there is that UNC has three players on the first team without Marshall already. And that’s all that is, a stupid excuse. I don’t care that this is only the second time in conference history that three players from one team are represented on the first team. Who cares about that? The four best players in this conference play for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Virginias Mike Scott has been an automatic to make the team since about mid season. I have no problem with his inclusion because he actually deserves it. Duke freshman Austin Rivers being named the team however makes me sick. What’s even more absurd is the fact that it wasn’t even Rivers who edged out Marshall when you look at the votes. It was Marshall’s teammate Harrison Barnes with 153 votes to Marshall’s 151 who was the closest.
All season long even Tar Heel haters admitted that it was Marshall who was the most indispensable player on his roster. Now suddenly he’s not amongst the top five players in the conference? Give me a break! I can’t wait until the Cousy Award for the nations top point guard is announced and awarded to Marshall. If only that award were given out earlier it may have forced the voters hands. My question to everyone that left Kendall Marshall off their ballot is this. How stupid are all of you going to feel when Marshall wins the award as the nations best and you left him off your All-ACC team?
Marshall remained professional and adoring of his teammates in his reaction to his snub.
“I guess everyone has their own reasons,” he said. “You know, I may not score enough. But that’s perfectly fine with me. I’d much rather my teammates get those individual accolades as long as we’re still winning games. And it’s tough for a team like ours to have four big-time players that maybe votes are being spread out like that. But I don’t think any of us mind if one or another gets some type of accomplishment out of that.
“We’d all be happy for each other.”
If anything good can come from this mess. I hope it fuels Marshall. Fuels him to continue to play aggressive basketball and be the dual threat he proved he can be against Duke. And maybe more importantly for the future of the Tar Heels, I hope it motivates him to come back to school and prove once again that he is the best PG in college basketball.