Neeley played at Regionals so here’s his first and second All-Region squads along with his reasoning. Feel free to to critique his decision making but please, be gentle, because he’s just coming off an injury.
All-Region picks are a tricky thing. Like MVP awards in professional sports, everyone defines the criteria for the accolade differently, and with as many opinions on the comparative importance of team finish, how integral a player is to his team’s success, and individual skill as there are readers, any writer who broaches the subject is doomed to rub somebody the wrong way.
Still, those of us with opinions are unable to resist, and here I am to offer my take on things. In picking my top seven, I put most value on which players contributed most on the teams that went deep into the tournament.
It’s no secret that the Atlantic Coast is deep in talent, and individual standouts were not all that hard to come by. Still, for better or for worse, Virginia or NC State’s third-best players had an advantage over well-known players like Sam Gainer, and Clemson’s very talented Ben Slade was less likely to make the team than his brother, Michael.
Also, it should be noted my picks are influenced as much by the field locations determined by my team’s schedule as they are my own opinions (although my decision not to play on Saturday and during Sunday’s pre-Quarter round due to a hamstring pull did afford me a bit more time to watch teams other than my own).
To neutralize this process, I decided to make both a first and second All-Region team. Without further adieu: