CHAPEL HILL - University of North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige earned first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and was selected as the league's Most Improved Player in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the head coaches.
Forward James Michael McAdoo was named second-team All-ACC by the media and third team by the coaches.
Sophomore forward J.P. Tokoto was selected to the All-Defensive team by both the media and the coaches.
Forward Kennedy Meeks was voted to the All-Freshman team by both the media and coaches.
Paige, a sophomore from Marion, Iowa, is the first ever recipient of the ACC's Most Improved Player award. He becomes the 46th Tar Heel to earn first-team All-ACC honors and marks the 73rd time a UNC player has made the first team. He is the first UNC sophomore point guard to make the first team since Phil Ford in 1976. CoSIDA recently named Paige a second-team Academic All-America.
Paige leads UNC with 17.1 points a game, 138 assists, 75 three-pointers, a .395 three-point percentage and an .876 free throw percentage and is tied for the team lead with 49 steals. He has scored 20 or more points 11 times, is averaging nearly a dozen points in the second half and has earned UNC's defensive player of the game award 10 times. He is one of only two players in the league to rank in the Top 10 in both scoring (sixth) and assists (fourth). He also was the ACC Player of the Week a league-high four times this season.
The media selected McAdoo to the All-ACC second-team for the second consecutive year. Paige's and McAdoo's selection marks the fourth straight year that at least two Tar Heels earned All-ACC honors. The junior from Norfolk, Va., leads UNC in rebounding at 6.6 per contest and is the team's second-leading scorer at 14.2 a game.
Tokoto is the first Tar Heel to earn All-Defensive team honors since John Henson in 2011 and 2012. Tokoto is tied for the team lead in steals with 49, has 17 blocked shots and 121 defensive rebounds, just four off the team lead.
Meeks is the 19th Tar Heel to earn All-Freshman honors since the team was first selected in 1993. The Charlotte native is second among all ACC freshmen with 6.0 rebounds per game. He averages 7.4 points a game and leads Carolina in field goal percentage at .545.