Miami Hurricanes center Tonye Jekiri has been named to the 2015 All-ACC Defensive Team, the school announced on Monday morning.

The 7-foot junior out of Nigeria is averaging 8.5 points 10.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks this season, providing length and rim deterrence for a roller coaster Miami team looking to slap together quality ACC tournament wins in an effort to boost their resume for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.

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His nine double-doubles in 18 games led the ACC, as did his 10.9 rebounds a game in league play. Jekiri also placed third in Defensive Player of the Year voting and second for Most Improved Player.

The most amazing part of Jekiri’s rise to a two-way force on the court? He took up basketball just five years ago after moving to the U.S. from Nigeria.

Full ACC reward voting is below.

All-ACC Freshman Team

Jahlil Okafor, Duke – *64
Tyus Jones, Duke – 62
Justise Winslow, Duke – 59
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State – 57
Justin Jackson, North Carolina – 22

All-ACC Defensive Team

Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse – 58
Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia – 50
Darion Atkins, Sr., Virginia – 38
Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami – 38
BeeJay Anya, So., NC State – 29

ACC Player of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Fr., Duke – 44
Jerian Grant, Sr., Notre Dame – 14
Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia – 3
Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse – 1
Olivier Hanlan, Jr., Boston College – 1
Montrezl Harrell, Jr., Louisville – 1

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ACC Freshman of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Duke – 64

ACC Coach of the Year

Tony Bennett, Virginia – 52
Mike Brey, Notre Dame – 6
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke – 5
Mark Gottfried, NC State – 1

Defensive Player of the Year

Darion Atkins, Sr., Virginia – 26
Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse – 15
Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami – 10
Montrezl Harrell, Jr., Louisville – 8
BeeJay Anya, So., NC State – 3
James Robinson, Jr., Pittsburgh – 1
Cameron Wright, Sr., Pittsburgh – 1

Most Improved

Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse – 24
Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami – 14
Quinn Cook, Sr., Duke – 6
Cat Barber, So., NC State – 6
Terry Rozier, So., Louisville – 4
Michael Gbinije, Jr., Syracuse – 4
Jaron Blossomgame, So., Clemson – 3
Jamel Artis, So., Pittsburgh – 2
Michael Young, So., Pittsburgh – 1

Sixth Man of the Year

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BeeJay Anya, So., NC State – 26
Matt Jones, So., Duke – 13
Charles Mitchell, Jr., Georgia Tech – 10
V.J. Beachem, So., Notre Dame – 8
Chris Jones, So., Pittsburgh – 7