Notre Dame Athletics | October 29, 2017
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team has been selected to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2017-18 season. The poll was conducted as part of the league’s annual media day activities in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday, October 25.
The attending media also overwhelmingly voted senior forward Bonzie Colson as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Colson, who led the league in rebounding (10.1) during the 2016-17 season and finished ninth in scoring (17.8), received 49 of the 69 possible votes for the preseason player of the year nod. He was the lone ACC player to average a double-double per game last season.
The third place preseason team poll position marks the high mark for the Irish in the ACC (Notre Dame joined the league for the 2013-14 season) and highest preseason conference mark since the 2012-13 team was selected to finish third in the BIG EAST Conference. The third-place recognition matches the top preseason conference ranking in program history. The Irish also were selected to finish third in the BIG EAST in 2003-04.