- NC State – The Wolfpack are returning their 4 top scorers from last year’s sweet 16 team, including preseason ACC player of the year candidate, C.J. Leslie (14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg). They also have an outstanding freshman in T.J Warren who they will look to produce in his first year.
- Duke – After losing their top scorer/playmaker, Austin Rivers, to the NBA, they will be looking for other players to step up. The Blue Devils still have several key players back from last year’s team in Mason Plumlee (11.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg), and Seth Curry (13.2 ppg). Duke will also look for freshman Rasheed Sulaimon to come in and play important minutes.
- North Carolina – Having only one starter returning from last season’s team the Tar Heels will be looking for other people to step up. The Tar Heels lost four starters to the NBA, and do not have anyone returning that scored in double-figures last season. UNC will look to freshman Marcus Paige to come in and play right away. 6’9 James Michael McAdoo will be the main offensive weapon for the Tar Heels.
- Miami – The Hurricanes return three players that averaged over 10 points per game last season, Durand Scott (12.9), Kenny Kagji (11.7), and Reggie Johnson (10.0). Despite losing several key players from last season’s team Miami has a chance to compete for the ACC championship if they can receive help from some of their role players.
- Florida State – The Seminoles are the defending ACC champs, but after losing six seniors they will need to find several players to step up. They will be lead by Michael Snaer their leading scorer last season (14.0 ppg). Last season the Seminoles relied heavily on defense which must continue this season.
- Maryland – The Terps lost their two leading scorers in Terrell Stoglin (21.6 ppg) and Sean Mosley (10.2 ppg). Maryland will look for senior James Padgett, sophomore Nick Faust and Ukranian big man 7’0 Alex Lin to contribute heavily. Lin looks much improved from last season.
- Virginia – The Cavaliers lost their star player in Mike Scott (18 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Sophomore Joe Harris is the top returning scorer (11.3 ppg) and will be depended to provide the scoring punch. 6’11 frosh center Mike Tobey will need to help quickly.
- Clemson – The Tigers lost three starters from last year’s team, including leading scorers Andre Young (13.2 ppg) and Tanner Smith (11.2 ppg). They have two key players returning in Devin Booker (10.5 ppg) and Milton Jennings (9.7 ppg).
- Virginia Tech – The Hokies are returning three starters including leading scorer Erick Green 6’7 Jerell Eddie (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg) will look to provide punch up front.
- Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets have all five starters returning, so they look to be more competitive after a 4-12 conference record last season. They still only have one senior on their roster, so this looks to still be a building year for them.
- Wake Forest – The Demon Deacons have only two returning starters but they were both leading scorers last season, CJ Harris (16.7 ppg) and Travis McKie (16.1 ppg). In order for Wake Forest to compete in the ACC they will need to find help for Harris and McKie.
- Boston College – The Eagles started four freshmen last season as they look to build off their 4-12 conference record. They have a very young team with no seniors, eight sophomores, and four freshmen on the roster.
- CJ Leslie, F, NC State
- Mason Plumlee, F, Duke
- James Michael McAdoo, F, UNC
- Michael Snaer, G, Florida State
- Erick Green, G, Virginia Tech
- Richard Howell, F, NC State
- Kenny Kadji, F, Miami
- Seth Curry, G, Duke
- Lorenzo Brown, G, NC State
- CJ Harris, G, Wake Forest
Top 5 Recruits
- TJ Warren, F, NC State
- Rasheed Sulaimon, G, Duke
- Shaquille Cleare, C, Maryland
- Marcus Paige, G, North Carolina
- Robert Carter, F, Georgia Tech
Newcomer of the Year
Marcus Paige, G, North Carolina
Derell Brownlee is a Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.