Larkin second in ACC player of the year voting
Mar 12, 2013 (Sun Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
CORAL GABLES -- Miami tried to make its case, but in the end, Shane Larkin fell a few votes short in the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year voting.
Virginia Tech's Erick Green took the honor with 38 of the 76 votes cast the the ACC media association. Larkin was second with 23 votes.
Green is the nation's leading scorer averaging 25.4 points a game for the Hokies, the No.12 seed in this week's ACC tournament in Greensboro.
Larkin leads the Hurricanes scoring 13.7 points a game and is considered one of the team's top defensive players too. He promised he wasn't too disappointed by finishing second.
"You can't be mad when somebody leads the country in scoring," Larkin said. "It's no big deal."
Miami coach Jim Larranaga, while respecting Green's accomplishments, had a different view.
"It just happens to be the criteria that voters use to select a player of the year," Larranaga said. "In our opinion, the player of the year should come from the team that wins the championship. You don't win without having great players."
Miami did get coach of the year (Larranaga) and defensive player of the year (Durand Scott). UM actually had the top two vote getters in the defensive voting.
1. Durand Scott, Miami 23 votes
2. Shane Larkin, Miami 21 votes
3. Michael Snaer, FSU 7 votes
4. Mason Plumlee, Duke 6 votes
5. Jontel Evans, Virginia 4 votes
6. Julian Gamble, Miami 4 votes
7. Richard Howell, NC State 4 votes
8. Akil Mitchell, Virginia 2 votes
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