Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen was selected the preseason player of the year by a wide margin over Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame, and North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was voted rookie of the year.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils picked up 85 first-place votes and 1,359 points in voting by league media. Defending champion UNC had the other six first-place votes.
Syracuse was fifth followed by N.C. State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Boston College.
UNC's Joel Berry II and Virginia's London Perrantes joined Allen, Blossomgame and Smith on the preseason all-ACC first team. The second team consisted of UNC's Justin Jackson, Duke's Jayson Tatum, Syracuse's Tyler Lydon, FSU's Dwayne Bacon and Pitt's Michael Young.