The ACC Gets Reinforcements

The ACC's losing a lot next year. But a lot of new talent is showing up. A whole lot, as a matter of fact...

Al Featherston has a long and really good article on the incoming ACC recruiting class, and the general consensus is that it's one of the great ones in ACC history. Of course, that means less than it used to, since half of them will be gone after two years, but it's still nice to see the conference reload.

There are a lot of smart observations in here, from Clint Jackson's point that most of the gurus live in the ACC area (if you want to make one of them mad, call them a guru. Every single one of them hates that term) to Quotin' Bob Gibbons, who warns against underestimating Lee Melchionni. 

Featherston asks this question:  "Overall, it's probably the most celebrated recruiting classes that Williams has lured at Maryland. The Terps fans are wondering: If Williams can win a national title with such modestly rated recruits as Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter, what can he do with prep superstars such as Gilchrist and Garrison?"  The answer? Obviously not anymore than he did with the graduating class.  It's not like Gary's never had great players.  Steve Francis tanked to a large extent, the Hipp/Rhodes class got worse as they went on, and Joe Smith was a great college player.  For Gary, it's not getting great players, it's finding guys who buy into what he wants to do.  The question for his program, more than anyone else except for maybe Duke's, is how psychologically suited to the team his players are.  That used to be very true for Dean, too.

Here's a breakdown school-by-school. and here's Thad "the Mummy" Mumau with notes on State recruits.


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