Conference Breakdown: No. 3 ACC

Duke and North Carolina once again top the ACC recruiting class rankings.

Top Class?

Picking the top class in the ACC wasn't a hard task.

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Once Duke reeled in Austin Rivers and Quinn Cook, to go with commitments from Michael Gbinije and the third Plumlee brother, Marshall, the Blue Devils were a shoe in for the top spot.

Rivers is arguably the most complete guard in the country and a guy that is among the top scorers in all of high school basketball. His ball skills are advanced and his jump shot is pure from long range.

When asked about Duke's recruiting class, Rivers said this group could help bring Duke another national championship.

"I think it's stronger than ever," Rivers said. "We are going to be dangerous obviously this year, but especially my year. I truly believe a three-peat could happen. I know it's really early right now, but I think it can happen."

Alongside Rivers will be Cook, a 6-foot point guard. He was forced to showcase his scoring ability playing with DC Assault this past summer, but he's a playmaker that is capable of running a team at the highest level.

ACC Rankings
No. 1:Duke
No. 2:North Carolina
No. 3: Virginia Tech
No. 4: Florida State
No. 5: Virginia
No. 6: Boston College
No. 7: Maryland
No. 8: N.C. State
No. 9: Clemson
No. 10: Georgia Tech
No. 11: Wake Forest
No. 12: Miami
Rivers and Cook will give Duke a terrific one-two punch from the guard spots, but don't forget about Gbinije, a standout at Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, who is among the top scoring wings in the 2011 class.

Throw in Plumlee, a 7-foot big man, and Duke has not only the top class in the ACC, but the No. 2 overall class heading to campus next season.

Other Winners

While Duke was the clear cut top class, North Carolina's three-man group of James McAdoo, P.J. Hairston and Jackson Simmons wasn't too far behind.

McAdoo is a top five prospect that keeps getting better. He's an elite athlete that can do it all from the power forward spot. His scoring ability is impressive, as he can score with his back to the basket or by facing up.

Hairston, a standout at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave, is a sniper from behind the arc. He's a consistent threat, has terrific range and is capable of stringing together a run of threes.

Simmons is the third piece to the puzzle. An invited walk-on, the 6-foot-8 big man had plenty of Atlantic-10 and Conference USA interest, but opted to play for the in-state school.

Virginia Tech is the other big winner in the ACC.

Seth Greenberg reeled in three four-star prospects – Dorian Finney-Smith, C.J. Barksdale and Marquis Rankin – as well as three-star scoring wing Robert Brown.

Top ACC Prospects
Top Prospect:Austin Rivers, Duke
Best Scorer:Austin Rivers, Duke
Best Passer:Quinn Cook, Duke
Best Shot Blocker:James McAdoo, North Carolina
Best Floor General:Quinn Cook, Duke
Best Post Player:James McAdoo, North Carolina
Best Shooter:Austin Rivers, Duke
Best Rebounder:Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech
Best Athlete:Bishop Daniels, Miami
Finney-Smith is the big fish of this group. A 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8, forward, he brings versatility, length and a unique scoring ability to the table.

Barksdale, a 6-foot-8 power forward, will help on the interior, while Rankin, a top 15 lead guard, and Brown will boost Virginia Tech's perimeter player.

How Did The ACC Stack Up?

Overall the conference has a strong class coming in and ranks No. 3 of the big six conferences.

Combined the conference is bringing in five five-star prospects, 13 four-star prospects and nin three-star players.

Rivers and McAdoo are the top two players entering the conference, and both are ranked in the top five in the 2011 class. <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=4374902b-0d3f-4ae0-9f01-22ea7ca95807" target="_new" title="">Scout: ACC Recruiting Recap</a>


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