Clemson men’s basketball ranks No.5 in the 2023 ACC Preseason Poll

CHARLOTTE — PJ Hall (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) was tabbed preseason First Team All-ACC on Thursday by media at the league’s annual preseason media day, which was held in Charlotte on Wednesday. Hall is the second Clemson player since 2020 to be named preseason All-ACC First Team, joining Aamir Simms.

In addition, Clemson was chosen to finish fifth in the ACC. That is the highest preseason prediction for the Tigers since 2008-09 when they were also picked to finish fifth.

Hall was named to the first team along with Kyle Filipowski (Duke), Armando Bacot (North Carolina), Reece Beekman (Virginia) and Norchad Omier (Miami (Fla.)). He is coming off of a Third Team All-ACC season in 2022-23. He averaged a team-leading 15.3 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds per contest and 37 blocks and 22 steals. He shot 53.5 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from three. He finished 78.6 percent from the foul line.

In league play, Hall was even better. The Spartanburg, S.C. native averaged a team-best 17.6 points to go with 6.6 rebounds. He shot 54.0 percent in ACC play, including 83.3 percent at the foul line. He maintained a high average from three (38.6 percent).

Hall became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Clemson history against Notre Dame (March 4, 2023) and has 1,043 points entering this season. He became just the 11th from the state of South Carolina to score 1,000 points at Clemson.

Despite being on a minute restriction last year, Hall produced 27 double-digit scoring games, ten 20-point games and four double-doubles.

Clemson set a new mark for league wins in any conference last season with 14 ACC victories. The 14 wins broke a school record by three games. The .700 winning percentage was the third best in Clemson history, and better than 11 of the previous 13 Clemson teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Clemson started 7-0 and 10-1 in the ACC last year and the seven consecutive league wins tied a school record that dated to 1967. The Tigers had six wins over teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, just one less than Clemson’s Sweet 16 team of 2018. Many of the victories were in dominant fashion. The Tigers won eight ACC games by double digits and five of those were by at least 20 points. No other ACC team had as many league wins by that margin.

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2023 ACC Preseason Poll

School, Points

1. Duke (44), 757

2. Miami (5), 693

3. North Carolina (1), 670

4. Virginia (1), 593

5. Clemson, 570

6. Wake Forest, 440

7. NC State, 420

8. Virginia Tech, 390

9. Pitt, 380

10. Syracuse, 321

11. Florida State, 294

12. Boston College, 227

13. Georgia Tech, 157

14. Louisville, 108

15. Notre Dame, 100


First-place votes in parentheses

51 total voters


Preseason All-ACC

First Team

Kyle Filipowski, Duke, 51

Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 50

PJ Hall, Clemson, 48

Reece Beekman, Virginia, 44

Norchad Omier, Miami, 42


Second Team

Judah Mintz, Syracuse, 39

Nijel Pack, Miami, 34

Blake Hinson, Pitt, 33

Tyrese Proctor, Duke, 24

Quinten Post, Boston College, 23


ACC Preseason Player of the Year

Kyle Filipowski, Duke, 35 votes

Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 13

PJ Hall, Clemson, 2

Tyrese Proctor, Duke, 1


ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year

Elliot Cadeau, North Carolina, 40 votes

Jared McCain, Duke, 6

Caleb Foster, Duke, 3

Donald Hand Jr., Boston College, 1

Carlton Carrington, Pitt, 1

Via Clemson Athletic Communications 

Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire