Pat Connaughton earned third-team all-ACC accolades for the second straight day,

Jerian Grant And Pat Connaughton Honored By ACC Coaches

March 9, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second consecutive day, University of Notre Dame seniors Jerian Grant (Bowie, Md.) and Pat Connaughton (Arlington, Mass.) were recognized as two of the best players in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Grant earned first-team all-ACC honors and Connaughton garnered third-team honors as selected by the league’s 15 head coaches.

Grant and Connaughton, who have helped their squad to a 26-5 record and 14-4 mark in ACC play heading into this week 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament, were selected for similar honors yesterday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). In addition to earning first-team all-ACC honors, Grant earned a spot on the all-ACC Defensive Team.

Grant and Connaughton have led the Irish to the most regular-season wins since the 1908-09 squad won 33 en route to a 33-7 record. The 14-4 record also matches the top conference record for a Notre Dame team. While a member of the BIG EAST Conference, the Irish finished with a 14-4 mark during both the 2007-08 and 2010-11 campaigns. Grant was joined on the first-team by Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the ACC Player of the Year, Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon and Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan.

Grant leads the ACC in assists (6.7 per game) and in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.23:1) and ranks fifth in scoring at 16.8 points per game. The 6-5, 203-pound guard earned ACC player-of-the week accolades twice during the 2014-15 campaign. He scored in double figures in 28 contests, netted 20-plus points on 10 occasions, dished off 10-plus assists four times and registered four double-doubles.

Grant averaged 16.4 points and 6.9 assists in Notre Dame’s 18 conference outings. He scored in double figures on 15 occasions, dished off eight or more assists eight times and recorded four double-doubles. His finest outing of the season came in Notre Dame’s 77-73 victory over Duke as he scored 23 points and dished off a career-best 12 assists. Grant has dished off eight or more assists in each of the last five games. He also had Connaughton leads the Irish in rebounding at 7.8 rebounds per game and ranks second in scoring at 12.6 points per game. In 18 conference games this season, he averaged 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. Connaughton reached double figures in 12 ACC conference outings. He netted 10-plus points in 23 games overall, grabbed 10-plus rebounds nine times and registered a team-leading eight double-doubles. In a five-point loss to Syracuse (65-60), he finished with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

The all-ACC second team was comprised of junior Montrezl Harrell (Louisville), senior Quinn Cook (Duke), sophomore Terry Rozier (Louisville), junior Marcus Paige (North Carolina State) and junior Justin Anderson (Virginia).

Joining Connaughton on the third team were freshman Tyus Jones (Duke), junior Brice Johnson (North Carolina), junior Trevor Lacey (North Carolina State) and sophomore Jamel Artis (Pittsburgh).

In addition to Grant, the all-ACC defensive team featured junior Tonye Jekiri (Miami), sophomore Beejay Anya (North Carolina State), senior Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse), junior Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia) and junior Anthony Gill (Virginia).

First Team All-ACC

Olivier Hanlan, Jr., Boston College

Jahlil Okafor, Fr., Duke

Jerian Grant, Sr., Notre Dame

Rakeem Christmas, Gr. Syracuse

Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia

Second Team All-ACC

Quinn Cook, Sr., Duke

Montrezl Harrell, Jr., Louisville

Terry Rozier, So., Louisville

Marcus Paige, Jr., North Carolina

Justin Anderson, Jr., Virginia

Third Team All-ACC

Tyus Jones, Fr., Duke

Brice Johnson, Jr., North Carolina

Trevor Lacey, Jr., NC State

Pat Connaughton, Sr., Notre Dame

Jamel Artis, So., Pitt

All-ACC Defensive Team

Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami

Beejay Anya, So., North Carolina State

Jerian Grant, Sr., Notre Dame

Rakeem Christmas, Gr., Syracuse

Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virgnia

Anthony Gill, Jr., Virginia

All-ACC Freshman Team

Jahlil Okafor, Duke

Tyus Jones, Duke

Justise Winslow, Duke

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State

Justin Anderson, North Carolina

ACC Player of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Duke

ACC Freshman of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Duke

ACC Coach of the Year

Tony Bennett, Virginia

Co-ACC Defensive Players of the Year

Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia

Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse

ACC Most Improved Player

Rakeem Christmas, Gr., Syracuse