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Michael Young and Jamel Artis earn regular season ACC honors

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Pitt stars Michael Young and Jamel Artis, as expected, received some ACC recognition for their play this year. But instead of being first or second-teamers, the results were relatively light for both.

After votes were tallied, Young was named to the third team while Artis was only an honorable mention. That isn't bad, of course, and to get any recognition that all is nice. But considering where the two were in terms of production earlier in the year and even where they finished, those are overall some pretty disappointing results.

For much of the year, both players led the entire conference in scoring. Young finished second with 19.9 points per game. Artis, meanwhile, dropped all the way to 6th, finishing at 18.4 points per contest. Artis' production really dropped off. He hadn't scored his season average since that monster 43-point game against Louisville nearly two months ago and he had no more than 12 points in three of his final four games of the year. Despite all of that, the pair was still the highest scoring duo in the conference.

It's clear that more than stats go into this thing and at the end of the day, I'm perfectly fine with that. North Carolina State's Dennis Smith, Jr. was the only player on a losing team that made the First or Second Team, so Pitt's lack of success definitely had something to do with where Young and Artis finished. Along those lines was the case of Boston College's Jerome Robinson. At 18.7 points per game, he was the conference's fourth-highest scorer and was second among guards. Like Artis, he was only an Honorable Mention. Robinson, too, wasn't even close to making it since he didn't even garner half the number of points as the last guy on the third team did.

Stats matter but so do team results and that's no doubt a lot of what hurt Young and Artis in the voting. Plus, given Pitt's down season, they also didn't get the exposure they would have if the team was winning.

Voting, by the way, was done by the 15 head coaches and some media members. And given the friction between Pitt's head coach and his stars, I can't be the only one wanting to see where head coach Kevin Stallings placed those two guys ...

Curious to see what others thing of where they ended up so I've added a poll here.

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