In ACC games, he shot 39 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from 3-point range.
He was outplayed by
freshman Harrison Barnes in the regular-season finale with the ACC championship on the line, and scored slightly fewer points than Barnes (15.9 ppg to 15.8 ppg) in ACC games. North Carolina
So how did Singler earn first-team All-ACC honors?
First, a confession. I don’t vote for the All-ACC teams and haven’t for several years. When the season ends I’m so overburdened doing my job that I don’t have enough time to give the All-ACC teams the careful consideration they deserve, particularly when it comes to offensive linemen in football who I might never see play.
But having seen Singler constantly as a Duke beat writer this season, I feel qualified to break down his credentials.
First of all, you can’t consider just ACC statistics when evaluating a player’s season. To do that would ignore more than half the games that were played, and you can make the argument that nonconference results are at least as important to a team and a league as in-conference results when it comes to NCAA tournament selection time.
The ACC’s official statistics list four players with enough attempts in all categories who shot at least 42 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line while scoring at least 17 points per game for the entire season.
Duke’s Nolan Smith,
’s Reggie Jackson and Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney are three of them. They are all first-team All-ACC selections. Boston College
Singler is the other.
Even if you want to consider ACC statistics only, there is a significant factor working in Singler’s favor. Yes, his shooting numbers dropped substantially in ACC play, and he was the No. 7 ACC scorer in conference games. But he also grabbed 7.8 rebounds per game against ACC opponents (ranking seventh in the league) despite playing primarily a wing position.
That’s more than
’s Tyler Zeller (6.6 rpg in ACC play), a 7-foot center who is one of the players who’s considered to have been snubbed in the All-ACC balloting. North Carolina
There is a valid argument for keeping Singler off the All-ACC team because of his shooting slump and struggles in the big games against rival
. There also is understandable angst that the ACC regular season champion Tar Heels didn’t have a first-team All-ACC player. North Carolina
But there also are plenty of arguments, using just statistics, for putting Singler on a first-team All-ACC ballot. Those statistics don’t even consider Singler’s strong defensive skills and leadership.
Bottom line, it’s difficult to look at the full package Singler has brought to the floor for the entire season and say he hasn’t been one of the five best players in the conference.