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Blake Hinson Snubbed in Player of Year Voting

Pitt Panthers star Blake Hinson was not considered for ACC Player of the Year.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Pitt Panthers forward Blake Hinson capped a brilliant two-year tenure in Pittsburgh with the best season of his life and was rewarded for it with a first-team All-ACC selection in 2024. 

But Hinson, the unquestioned leader and best player on this Pitt team which has surprised so many, was not included in ACC Player of the Year voting. North Carolina's R.J. Davis ran away with the award, garnering 68 of 75 possible votes.  

Duke's Kyle Filipowski earned three, Clemson's P.J. Hall got two and North Carolina's Armando Bacot and Boston College's Quinten Post each received one vote. 

Last year, Pitt's best player was far and away Jamarius Burton. He earned First-Team All-ACC consideration as well and was a viable contender for ACC Player of the Year while leading his team to 21 wins and a top-five finish in the conference during the regular season. He lost out to Miami's Isaiah Wong but still earned votes. That wasn't the case for Hinson. 

Not only was Hinson shut out from ACC Player of the Year Voting, but he was out-voted by at least one interesting name and that's Quinten Post. Make no mistake, Post is having a fine season and is playing like one of the ACC's best big men in a conference loaded with fantastic frontcourt players. 

But compare the two resumes and it's a wonder why Post was considered a more viable ACC Player of the Year candidate than Hinson. The 7-footer, Post averaged 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 43.6% from 3-point range on 3.1 attempts per contest for a team that went 17-14 overall, 8-12 in ACC play and earned the No. 11 seed in the ACC Tournament. 

Meanwhile, the 6'8 Hinson finished his senior campaign averaging 18.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46% from the field and a career-high 42.4% from 3-point range on 8.1 attempts per night. He carried the scoring load for a Pitt team that started two freshmen and a sophomore transfer from the Big South and ended the year as the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament, the program's best finish since joining the league in 2013. 

Hinson's resume was certainly good enough to garner at least some ACC Player of the year consideration but he was overlooked this time. 

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