This was a tough one based on how much the landscape has changed in College Basketball over the past decade with the one and done rulemaking historical comparisons tougher to do.
I did my top 10 based (mostly) on what the player contributed to team success and individual honors (can’t be on an all-decade team without being 1st team All ACC at least once). I also mainly kept one and done players off the list but one was impossible to keep off
The Top 10:
While not a major factor for the last championship of the previous decade, he was a massive piece to a 2012 UNC team that seemed poised to win another title before Kendall Marshall broke his wrist in a second-round game.
The heartbeat of the 2010 National Champion Duke team that ended up as a first-team All-American and 2x All ACC selection.
The 2017 Final Four MOP was a 3rd team All American, 2x All ACC selection, and an ACC Tournament MVP in his storied career.
A man who didn’t do a ton of flashy stuff but he just won and won.
While we mentioned Joe Harris setting the tone for what was to come, Kyle Guy and company helped put the Cavaliers (finally) over the top in 2019 with their championship win over Texas Tech.
The lone one and done on the list and you just couldn’t keep him off even without winning a title.
The attention he brought alone to the game of College Basketball was a once in a generation type thing and with the all the hype, he lived up to it.
A consensus first-team All American, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Athlete of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP.
No, he was not part of the title team (much like Joe Harris) but he was huge in building what Virginia became and his of ACC accomplishments over the 10 years are second to none.
*First team All American (2016)
*Second-team All American (2015)
*National Defensive Player of the Year (2016)
*ACC Player of the Year (2016)
*3x First-team All ACC (2014-2016)*