The ACSMA announced its All-ACC basketball teams over the weekend and Pitt stars Jamel Artis and Mike Young were both honorable mentions.
The All-ACC First Team was comprised of Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), and Olivier Hanlan (Virginia Tech).
The Panthers didn't have a representative on the three teams, but on the heels of his strong conference season, Artis nearly cracked the third team and was the odd man out. With 33 points, he finished with the most of all players receiving honorable mention consideration. He finished seven points behind North Carolina's Brice Johnson for a spot on that third team. Young finished with a total of 14 points.
Artis led the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game followed closely by Mike Young's 13.5. Both shot right around 50% from the field and Young led the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per contest. Despite the presence of upperclassmen James Robinson and Cameron Wright, it was pretty evident that Young and Artis were the nucleus of the team in terms of production and consistency.
Only three of the 15 players on the three teams were underclassmen, so for Artis and Young to gain consideration was good to see. Obviously this was a down year for the basketball team and the way they finished was discouraging. But with both players only true sophomores this season, the future is still somewhat bright for the young team.