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NC State picked to finish 6th in ACC by media; Dennis Smith Jr. is preseason Rookie of the Year

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The Pack gets a pretty solid vote of confidence from the media.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Operation Basketball Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

NC State has been picked to finish sixth in the ACC by the league’s media members on Wednesday afternoon. Not surprisingly, Duke is the overwhelming No. 1 choice, followed by UNC, Virginia, Louisville, and Syracuse to round out the top five.

Dennis Smith Jr. earned a preseason first-team All-ACC nod, garnering the most votes of any freshman player, which also made him the preseason pick for ACC Rookie of the Year.

Here are the full voting results, via TheACC.com’s release:

ACC Operation Basketball 2016-17 Preseason Poll

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Team & Points

1. Duke (85) - 1359

2. North Carolina (6) - 1239

3. Virginia - 1125

4. Louisville - 1034

5. Syracuse - 905

6. NC State - 772

7. Notre Dame - 716

8. Florida State - 705

9. Miami - 650

10. Virginia Tech - 645

11. Clemson - 623

12. Pitt - 511

13. Wake Forest - 309

14. Georgia Tech - 199

15. Boston College – 128

2016-17 Preseason All-ACC Team

(votes in parenthesis)

First Team

Grayson Allen, Duke (87)

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson (70)

Joel Berry II, North Carolina (45)

London Perrantes, Virginia (36)

Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (34)

Second Team

Justin Jackson, North Carolina (22)

Jayson Tatum, Duke (21)

Tyler Lydon, Syracuse (20)

Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (16)

Michael Young, Pitt (14)

ACC Preseason Player of the Year

Grayson Allen, Duke (70)

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson (7)

London Perrantes, Virginia (5)

Joel Berry II, North Carolina (5)

Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (2)

Andrew White, Syracuse (1)

Davon Reed, Miami (1)

ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year

Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (51)

Jayson Tatum, Duke (20)

Harry Giles, Duke (10)

Tyus Battle, Syracuse (5)

VJ King, Louisville (2)

Jonathan Isaac, Florida State (2)

Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech (1)