Wake Forest, North Carolina and Georgia Tech were picked ahead of the Blue Devils, who also received three first place votes. The Demon Deacons received 65 of a possible 91 votes for 965 points.
Wake Forest sophomore guard Chris Paul edged out N.C. State's Julius Hodge for pre-season ACC Player of the Year honors by a 38-to-35 count. North Carolina's Marvin Williams was the media's clear cut choice as the pre-season ACC Rookie of the Year, receiving 60 of 87 ballots cast.
Paul and Hodge joined North Carolina's Rashad McCants and Sean May and Duke's J.J. Redick on the pre-season All-ACC team.
2004-05 Pre-Season ACC Poll (1st place votes)
No. Team (First Place Votes) Points 1. Wake Forest (65) 965 2. North Carolina (13) 866 3. Georgia Tech (10) 836 4. Duke (3) 746 5. NC State 607 6. Maryland 605 7. Florida State 414 8. Virginia 394 9. Clemson 256 10. Virginia Tech 171 11. Miami 146
2004-05 Pre-Season All-ACC Team
Name, Class, Team Votes Chris Paul, So., Wake Forest 85 Julius Hodge, Sr., NC State 85 Rashad McCants, Jr., North Carolina 70 Sean May, Jr., North Carolina 34 .J. Redick, Jr., Duke 33
2004-05 Pre-Season ACC Player of the Year
Name, Class, School Votes Chris Paul, So., Wake Forest 38 Julius Hodge, Sr., NC State 38 Rashad McCants, Jr., North Carolina 8 Sean May, Jr., North Carolina 3 Justin Gray, Jr., Wake Forest 2 Jarrett Jack, Jr., Georgia Tech 2 B.J. Elder, Sr., Georgia Tech 1 J.J. Redick, Jr., Duke 1
2004-05 ACC Pre-Season ACC Rookie of the Year
Name, School Votes Marvin Williams, North Carolina 60 Sean Singletary, Virginia 7 DeMarcus Nelson, Duke 5 Marquie Cooke, Virginia Tech 3 James Gist, Maryland 3 Isaiah Swann, Florida State 3 Ra'Sean Dickey, Georgia Tech 2 Cheyenne Moore, Clemson 1 Diego Romero, Florida State 1 Cedric Simmons, NC State 1 Deron Washington, Virginia Tech 1