Best ClassFor the first time since the 2010 recruiting class, North Carolina has the best class in the ACC.
North Carolina has three commitments, all of which rank among the top 30 prospects. The Tar Heels focused on bringing in some firepower on the perimeter and they accomplished that goal.
1. North Carolina|
4. N.C. State
6. Wake Forest
9. Virginia Tech
10. Georgia Tech
11. Clemson A&M
12. Notre Dame
13. Florida State
14. Boston College
Justin Jackson, UNC's highest rated incoming prospect at No. 9 overall, impresses with his skill and scoring ability. A long, lanky 6-foot-7 wing, Jackson is an efficient scorer with a terrific mid-range game.
UNC's third recruit is Theo Pinson. Like Jackson, Pinson plays on the wing, but his game is much different. The 6-foot-5 North Carolina native is high-level athlete. He thrives in transition, finishes well at the rim and has the potential to be a very good defender at the next level.
Other WinnersSince we are discussing the 2014 class, Louisville must be included in the ACC. And the Cardinals first class as a member of the premier conference, is a good one. At this stage it's good enough to be the second best class in the group.
Louisville currently has three top 100 prospects committed. Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-foot-6 scorer out of Seattle (Wash.), is Rick Pitino's highest rated recruit at No. 34 overall. Louisville also holds commitments from 6-foot-9 athletic forward Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku, who is one of the best rebounders in the class.
While Syracuse has just two commitments, they currently have the No. 3 recruiting class in the ACC. Chris McCullough, Scout.com's No. 15 prospect, is their best prospect. A 6-foot-9 athlete with mobility, McCullough has a tremendous upside at the power forward position. Combo guard Kaleb Joseph, who ranks No. 65 overall, is also headed to play for Jim Boeheim.
With three four-star recruits, Mark Gottfried has the No. 4 class in the ACC. Caleb Martin and Abdul-Malik Abu should both make immediate impacts. At 6-foot-6, Martin is a terrific perimeter prospect. He's a very good scorer that shoots the ball well out to three. Abu, a 6-foot-7 power forward, plays with energy, can face the rim and score and is a good rebounder. Martin's twin brother – Cody – is also a commitment.
Who will help the most as a freshman?Houston native Justin Jackson is the choice for this category.
|Top ACC Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Justin Jackson, North Carolina|
|Best Scorer:||Justin Jackson North Carolina|
|Best Passer:||Shelton Mitchell, Wake Forest|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville|
|Best Floor General:||Joel Berry, North Carolina|
|Best Post Player:||Chris McCullough, Syracuse|
|Best Athlete:||Theo Pinson, North Carolina|
|Best Rebounder:||Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville|
|Best Shooter:||Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville|
Take the Nike EYBL for example. Through 18 games this past summer he shot just 25 threes and made 12 of them. I think at UNC his perimeter attack will expand and he'll be more of a complete scorer, especially from behind the arc.
There's also going to be a lot of opportunity for Jackson. P.J. Hairston may go pro. If he doesn't he will be a senior, but outside of him Jackson will be the most talented wing prospect on the roster and will get significant minutes early in his career.
How they stacked upIt's clear the ACC is bringing in more talent than any of the other conferences. In fact, at this stage it's not even close.
Schools in the ACC currently have commitments from three five-star recruits, which is more than any other conference, as well as 15 other top 100 prospects and a handful of other four-star recruits.
The ACC also spread out the talent. 12 of the 15 schools currently have a commitment from at least one four-star prospect. Six of the 15 schools have multiple top 100 prospects.
North Carolina and Louisville are the only two schools in the conference with three top 100 pledges.