Cardinal Basketball

Nwora Tabbed ACC Preseason Player of the Year; Cards Picked Third

Chris Humphrey

Chris Mack and the Louisville Cardinals were on of the more talked about teams at the annual ACC Operation Basketball earlier this week in Charlotte.

With the bulk of last year’s squad returning and a highly ranked six-man recruiting the Cards have received some major buzz throughout the off-season. With that said, it should come as no surprise that Louisville was picked to finish third in the ACC by the voting media members.

The return of Jordan Nwora is one of the major reasons why the Cards have been tabbed as one of the top teams in the country. The reigning ACC Most Improved Player was tabbed as league preseason player of the year.

ACC Preseason Order of Finish

1. Duke (51), 1564

2. North Carolina (19), 1493

3. Louisville (29), 1448

4. Virginia (12), 1405

5. Florida State, 1157

6. NC State, 1038

7. Notre Dame, 915

8. Syracuse, 910

9. Miami, 768

10. Pitt, 577

11. Clemson, 564

12. Georgia Tech, 437

13. Boston College, 382

14. Virginia Tech, 334

15. Wake Forest, 328

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Preseason All-ACC Team

First Team

Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 95

Tre Jones, Duke, 89

Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 81

John Mooney, Notre Dame, 51

Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 49

Second Team

Markell Johnson, NC State, 39

Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 19

Chris Lykes, Miami, 18

Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 11

Trent Forrest, Florida State, 11

Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year

Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 89

Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 8

Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 5

Casey Morsell, Virginia, 3

Cassius Stanley, Duke, 3

Matthew Hurt, Duke, 3

Preseason ACC Player of the Year

Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 55

Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 31

Tre Jones, Duke, 19

John Mooney, Notre Dame, 3

Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 2

Markell Johnson, NC State, 1

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