Nelson is Duke’s 56th All-ACC first team selection since the first team came out in 1954. It is the first All-ACC team selection for the senior from Elk Grove, Calif. Prior to this season he was an ACC All-Freshman team member in 2004-05 and was honorable mention All-ACC last season. This year he heads into the ACC Tournament leading the Blue Devils in scoring (15.2 ppg.), field goals made (156), free throws made (105), free throws attempted (173) and steals (49). He also led the team in conference play with 16.8 points per game, 92 made field goals, 63-of-104 from the free throw line and 31 steals.
He was also named to the ACC All-Defensive team on Monday. His 49 steals leads the team and he ranks 10th in the ACC with 1.63 steals per game. In conference only play he ranked fourth with 1.94 steals per game and consistently guarded the opposing team’s top offensive player.
Paulus, a guard from Syracuse, N.Y., also receives his first All-ACC team selection. He was named to the third team after averaging 11.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was the point guard of the offense that finished the regular season third nationally with 84.6 points per game. He finished the season with more steals (48) than turnovers (46), joining Sean Dockery, Steve Wojiechowski and Chris Duhon as the only point guards in Duke history to have more steals than turnovers in a season.
Singler was named to the All-ACC third team and the ACC All-Freshman team. He has put together one of the top freshman seasons in school history. He leads the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg.) and is second in scoring (14.2 ppg.), field goals made (150), three-point field goals (49) and blocks (22). His 427 points currently rank ninth all-time by a freshman at Duke while his 14.2 points per game is seventh best. His 49 three-point field goals is the fifth most while his .780 free throw percentage is ninth. He ranked third among ACC freshmen in scoring (14.2 ppg.), fourth in rebounding (6.1 rpg.) and third in minutes played (28.8 mpg.).
This season marks the 21st time Duke has had three or more players make All-ACC squads. The individual ACC season awards will be released on Tuesday.