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UNCs May headlines All-ACC team

Heading into the season, most observers thought the ACC was unquestionably the top conference in college basketball.
With just 16 teams left to battle for a national championship, three of which are from the ACC, a debate could be held about which conference was indeed the best. But it would be hard to debate that any conference had better individual players than the ACC.
Six performers from the league were named to the 2005 Rivals.com All-America Team, meaning one of those players wouldn't even be a first-team all-conference pick.
Additionally, selecting the all-conference first and second teams left standout performers like Duke's Daniel Ewing, North Carolina's Jawad Williams, Maryland's John Gilchrist and Nik Caner-Medley, Wake Forest's Eric Williams and Clemson's Sharrod Ford on the outside looking in.
Equally difficult was trying to pick an ACC Player of the Year, but our choice is UNC's Sean May, a double-double machine for the Tar Heels this year.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder from Bloomington, Ind., has averaged nearly 17 points and 11 rebounds in leading North Carolina into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney. He's also shooting 55 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the foul line, while delivering in the big games.
"He's an unbelievably quick jumper for such a big guy," said Duke's Lee Melchionni, who watched May score 49 points and pull down 42 rebounds in two games against the Blue Devils. "He's a heck of a player. That's all you can say."
May's consistent effort and ability to dominate the game in the lane are reasons why many expect the Tar Heels to win it all in St. Louis in two weeks, something May said his team is shooting for.
"It's a tremendous feeling," said May, who had 24 points and 17 boards to help UNC advance to the Sweet 16 with a 92-65 win against Iowa State on Sunday. "We know we deserve to be here, but our goal wasn't to make the Sweet 16. That's just a step toward our goal."
2004-05
All-ACC First Team
Sean May: North Carolina, 6-9, junior, forward: A force in the middle for the Heels, May's averaging 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field.
Shelden Williams: Duke, 6-9, junior, forward: Williams is a dominating defensive player, as well as a solid offensive performer. He's averaging 15.4 points, 11.3 boards and 3.8 blocks for the Devils.
Chris Paul: Wake Forest, 6-0, sophomore, guard: His season ended earlier than he hoped, but Paul ran the show for an exlosive Demon Deacons offense and averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
J.J. Redick: Duke, 6-4, junior, guard: The nation's most dangerous shooter, Redick averages 22.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game and has knocked down 118 3-pointers at a 41-percent clip.
Raymond Felton: North Carolina, 6-1, junior, guard: A jet with the ball and UNC's catalyst at both ends of the floor, Felton's averaging 12.6 points, seven assists, four rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.
Second Team
Guillermo Diaz: Miami, 6-2, sophomore, guard: An offensive machine, Diaz averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds for the surprising Hurricanes and trailed only Redick in scoring in conference games.
Justin Gray: Wake Forest, 6-2, junior, guard: A deadly 3-point shooter with a knack for hitting big shots, Gray averaged 16 points and three boards for the Deacons. He also nailed 92 3-pointers and shot 41 percent from beyond the arc.
Julius Hodge: N.C. State, 6-7, senior, forward: Hodge has rebounded from a slow start to help lead State to the Sweet 16. He's averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Jarrett Jack: Georgia Tech, 6-3, junior, guard: The Jackets didn't meet lofty expectations this season, but Jack was tremendous, averaging 15.5 points, 4.8 boards and 4.5 assists, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 87 percent from the line.
Rashad McCants: A stomach ailment cost McCants a few games late in the season, but he still averages 15.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists and ranks as one of the nation's most explosive offensive players.
Photos from the Associated Press.