Top 10 Players: ACC
- C.J. Leslie PF NC State- 14.7pts. 7.3 reb. Leslie really appeared to come into his own last year but sdecided to stay in school and win a championship. He’s my early favorite for player of the year.
- James McAdoo PF North Carolina- 6.1 pts. 3.9 reb. McAdoo started slowly last year but started to get comfortable as the season went on. He will build off that confidence and be a 15 and 10 guy now that the freshman jitters are gone.
- Michael Snaer SG Florida State- 14.0pts. 3.8reb. A very important two way player. He owns a deadly jumper and a fierce tenacity on defense, which is why Florida State has a chance to make a Final Four run.
- Lorenzo Brown PG/SG NC State- 12.7pts. 6.3ast. Brown has improved immensely over the last couple years but still remains a little underrated. If he leads NC State to a national championship this year a lottery pick could be in his future.
- Mason Plumlee PF Duke- 11.1pts. 9.2 reb. Plumlee hasn’t developed at the rate everyone expected him to but still shows flashes of brilliance. I don’t think his numbers will explode this year, but he will improve enough to get Duke to at least the Elite 8.
- Seth Curry PG Duke- 13.2pts. 2.6reb. Duke will need more out of Curry this season. He’s not as explosive as his brother Stephen, but needs to average more than 2 assists per game this year.
- Reggie Bullock SG North Carolina- 8.8pts. 5.1 reb. Now a junior, it’s finally his turn to start and showcase his talents. Bullock could easily end up higher on this list by season’s end. The sky is the limit for this big, talented guard.
- Ryan Kelly PF Duke- 11.8pts. 5.4 reb. Kelly doesn’t really look like an elite athlete, but don’t underestimate this big man. He uses his frame to dominate down low and can stretch defenses with his range.
- Erick Green SG Virginia Tech- 15.6pts 3.3reb. Green has remained relatively unknown with Malcolm Delaney taking up most of the spotlight for them, but he’s a star in his own right. He’s a solid all around player that could work his way into a second round draft pick.
- Kenny Kadji PF Miami- 11.7pts. 5.3reb. I really like Kadji’s game. He dominated early last year then ran out of gas a bit. I expect him to come back with a better understanding of how to condition himself for a full season and completely dominate this year.
Top 5 Freshmen
- Rasheed Sulaimon SG Duke- A crafty wing that has a real chance to start this year and make a big impact.
- Rodney Purvis SG NC State- Strong, athletic wing that will likely start for them this year.
- Tyler Lewis PG NC State- He will be an explosive exciting college player one day. Cut from the Drew Neitzel mold.
- Marcus Paige PG North Carolina- He will likely see a lot of minutes at point guard this year, but can he handle it?
- Alex Murphy PF Duke- Redshirted last year, but was a top 15 recruit, and he fits Coach K’s system perfectly.