During the 2002–03 school year, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) celebrated its 50th anniversary by selecting the top players in its respective sports. Fifty players were selected for the men's basketball team, which was voted on by a 120-member committee that was chosen by the conference's 50th Anniversary Committee.
North Carolina (12) and Duke (11) led all schools with the most selections. Maryland had eight players selected, followed by Wake Forest (5), Georgia Tech and NC State (4), Virginia (3), Clemson (2) and South Carolina with one. The 50th Anniversary team includes:
- 17 players who earned National Player of the Year honors a total of 22 times. Ralph Sampson is the only three-time winner in the conference's history.
- 27 players who earned consensus first-team All-America honors a total of 38 times.
- 18 players who were three-time first-team All-ACC selections.
- 48 players were first round selections in either the annual NBA or ABA draft, including 9 players who were the first overall selection in that year's draft.
- 7 players who earned Academic All-American honors.
The ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Basketball Team
In alphabetical order:
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