Four Terps on preseason ACC teams Profit on 1st team

Ekezie, Stokes, Francis on second

October 27, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Maryland men's basketball team, which has been ranked No. 5 nationally in many publications' preseason polls, placed a league-best four players on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason first and second teams.

The only other school to have more than one player on both teams was Duke, which put leading vote-getters Elton Brand and Trajan Langdon on the first team.

Laron Profit, a senior forward who was All-ACC third team last season, was the only Terrapin named to the first team.

On the second team, Maryland was represented by center Obinna Ekezie and guards Terrell Stokes and Steve Francis, a transfer from Allegany Community College who has yet to play a Division I game.

Brand was the overwhelming pick to be named conference Player of the Year, grabbing 57 of 86 votes, and North Carolina freshman Jason Capel of St. John's at Prospect Hall received 48 votes as the top pick for Rookie of the Year.

(Preseason teams, 5D)

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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