The Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the men's basketball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) voted as the most outstanding player. It has been presented since the league's first season, 1953–54, by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, and beginning in 2012–13 has also been presented in separate voting by the league's head coaches. The award was first given to Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest, and the coaches' award was first presented in 2013 to Shane Larkin of Miami.
Two players have won the award three times: David Thompson of North Carolina State and Ralph Sampson of Virginia. Hemric, Len Chappell, Larry Miller, John Roche, Len Bias, Danny Ferry, Tim Duncan and J. J. Redick have won the award twice. There have been two ties in the award's history, which occurred at the end of the 2000–01 and 2012–13 seasons: In 2000–01 Joseph Forte of North Carolina and Shane Battier of Duke shared the award; and Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Larkin shared honors in 2012–13. Green and Larkin split the honor in the first year that the ACC began voting for players of the year by the conference's coaches and media separately (the media chose Green while the coaches chose Larkin).
Sixteen players have received either the Naismith or Wooden National Player of the Year awards in the same season that they received an ACC Player of the Year award.[a] Duke's Zion Williamson is the most recent player to achieve this (2019). Each of the original 1953 ACC members has had at least one of its players win the award. Five ACC members have not had a winner: Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. However, of these schools, only Florida State joined the ACC before 2013.
|ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding male basketball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Presented by||Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (1954–present)|
ACC head coaches (2013–2016)
|Most recent||Zion Williamson, Duke|
|†||Co-Players of the Year|
|*||Awarded a national Player of the Year award:|
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year (1904–05 to 1978–79)
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year (1954–55 to 1995–96)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
|M||ACC media selection (2013–2016)|
|C||ACC coaches' selection (2013–2016)|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player had been awarded the ACC Player of the Year award at that point|
|1953–54||Dickie Hemric||Wake Forest||Center||Junior|||
|1954–55||Dickie Hemric (2)||Wake Forest||Center||Senior|||
|1955–56||Ronnie Shavlik||NC State||Center||Senior|||
|1956–57||Lennie Rosenbluth*||North Carolina||Power forward||Senior|||
|1957–58||Pete Brennan||North Carolina||Small forward||Senior|||
|1958–59||Lou Pucillo||NC State||Point guard||Senior|||
|1959–60||Lee Shaffer||North Carolina||Power forward / Center||Senior|||
|1960–61||Len Chappell||Wake Forest||Power forward / Center||Junior|||
|1961–62||Len Chappell (2)||Wake Forest||Power forward / Center||Senior|||
|1962–63||Art Heyman*||Duke||Shooting guard / Small forward||Senior|||
|1963–64||Jeff Mullins||Duke||Small forward||Senior|||
|1964–65||Billy Cunningham||North Carolina||Guard / Forward||Senior|||
|1965–66||Steve Vacendak||Duke||Point guard||Senior|||
|1966–67||Larry Miller||North Carolina||Shooting guard||Junior|||
|1967–68||Larry Miller (2)||North Carolina||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|1968–69||John Roche||South Carolina||Point guard / Shooting guard||Sophomore|||
|1969–70||John Roche (2)||South Carolina||Point guard / Shooting guard||Junior|||
|1970–71||Charlie Davis[c]||Wake Forest||Guard||Senior|||
|1971–72||Barry Parkhill||Virginia||Shooting guard||Junior|||
|1972–73||David Thompson||NC State||Shooting guard / Small forward||Sophomore|||
|1973–74||David Thompson (2)||NC State||Shooting guard / Small forward||Junior|||
|1974–75||David Thompson* (3)||NC State||Shooting guard / Small forward||Senior|||
|1975–76||Mitch Kupchak||North Carolina||Power forward||Senior|||
|1976–77||Rod Griffin||Wake Forest||Power forward||Junior|||
|1977–78||Phil Ford*||North Carolina||Point guard||Senior|||
|1979–80||Albert King||Maryland||Guard / Forward||Junior|||
|1981–82||Ralph Sampson* (2)||Virginia||Center||Junior|||
|1982–83||Ralph Sampson* (3)||Virginia||Center||Senior|||
|1983–84||Michael Jordan*||North Carolina||Shooting guard||Junior|||
|1984–85||Len Bias||Maryland||Small forward||Junior|||
|1985–86||Len Bias (2)||Maryland||Small forward||Senior|||
|1986–87||Horace Grant||Clemson||Power forward||Senior|||
|1988–89||Danny Ferry* (2)||Duke||Center||Senior|||
|1989–90||Dennis Scott||Georgia Tech||Small forward||Junior|||
|1990–91||Rodney Monroe||NC State||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|1992–93||Rodney Rogers||Wake Forest||Small forward / Guard||Junior|||
|1993–94||Grant Hill||Duke||Shooting guard / Small forward||Senior|||
|1994–95||Joe Smith*||Maryland||Power forward||Sophomore|||
|1995–96||Tim Duncan||Wake Forest||Center||Junior|||
|1996–97||Tim Duncan* (2)||Wake Forest||Center||Senior|||
|1997–98||Antawn Jamison*||North Carolina||Power forward||Junior|||
|1999–00||Chris Carrawell||Duke||Shooting guard / Small forward||Senior|||
|2000–01†||Shane Battier*||Duke||Small forward||Senior|||
|2000–01†||Joseph Forte||North Carolina||Shooting guard||Sophomore|||
|2001–02||Juan Dixon||Maryland||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|2002–03||Josh Howard||Wake Forest||Small forward||Senior|||
|2003–04||Julius Hodge||NC State||Guard/Forward||Junior|||
|2004–05||J. J. Redick||Duke||Shooting guard||Junior|||
|2005–06||J. J. Redick* (2)||Duke||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|2006–07||Jared Dudley||Boston College||Small forward||Senior|||
|2007–08||Tyler Hansbrough*||North Carolina||Power forward||Junior|||
|2008–09||Ty Lawson||North Carolina||Point guard||Junior|||
|2009–10||Greivis Vasquez||Maryland||Point guard||Senior|||
|2010–11||Nolan Smith||Duke||Point guard||Senior|||
|2011–12||Tyler Zeller||North Carolina||Center||Senior|||
|2012–13†||Erick GreenM||Virginia Tech||Point guard||Senior|||
|2012–13†||Shane LarkinC||Miami (FL)||Point guard||Sophomore|||
|2013–14||T. J. Warren||NC State||Small forward||Sophomore|||
|2015–16||Malcolm Brogdon||Virginia||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|2016–17||Justin Jackson||North Carolina||Small forward||Junior|||
|2017–18||Marvin Bagley III||Duke||Power forward||Freshman|||
|2018–19||Zion Williamson*||Duke||Power forward||Freshman|||
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Duke (1953)||17||1963, 1964, 1966, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001†, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2015, 2018, 2019|
|North Carolina (1953)||15||1957, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1998, 2001†, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017|
|Wake Forest (1953)||10||1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2003|
|NC State (1953)||8||1956, 1959, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1991, 2004, 2014|
|Maryland (1953)[d]||6||1980, 1985, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2010|
|Virginia (1953)||5||1972, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2016|
|South Carolina (1953)[e]||2||1969, 1970|
|Boston College (2005)||1||2007|
|Georgia Tech (1978)||1||1990|
|Miami (FL) (2004)||1||2013†|
|Virginia Tech (2004)||1||2013†|
|Florida State (1991)||0||—|
|Notre Dame (2013)||0||—|
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Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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