CHAPEL HILL, NC - MARCH 05: Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils watches on against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean E. Smith Center on March 5, 2011 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nolan Smith has been named the 2011 ACC Player of the Year by a near-unanimous margin, with the only dissenting votes being one each to Smith's teammate Kyle Singler and Maryland's Jordan Williams. It was a Carolina sweep for the rest of the individual awards, with Tar Heels Roy Williams and Harrison Barnes named Coach oft the Year and Rookie of the Year respectively, joined by Defensive Player of the Year John Henson, another Heel.
It's interesting that UNC dominated today's ACC awards handout, as they failed to land a single player on the 2011 all-conference first-team. Smith, Singler, and Williams were joined by Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney and Boston College's Reggie Jackson.
Smith has been among the nation's best players all year long, averaging 21.6 points and 5.2 assists while leading Duke to the brink of an ACC regular season title minus the injured Kyrie Irving.