Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Hoops: Next Year in the ACC

... from the Charlotte Observer:

An outstanding freshman class makes Duke the early ACC favorite in the Observer's team rankings for 2005-06:

1. DUKE: Super freshmen Josh McRoberts, Greg Paulus join J.J. Redick

2. BOSTON COLLEGE: Returns forward Craig Smith (18.0 ppg) after going 25-5

3. MIAMI: Guillermo Diaz, Robert Hite, Anthony Harris all return

4. N.C. STATE: Julius Hodge is a big loss, but Wolfpack is loaded with talent

5. WAKE FOREST: Ranking assumes Eric Williams withdraws from draft

6. MARYLAND: John Gilchrist's departure might help team chemistry

7. CLEMSON: Could this be the season the Tigers win in Chapel Hill?

8. GEORGIA TECH: Dangerously inexperienced if Jarrett Jack leaves

9. NORTH CAROLINA: Depleted Tar Heels rebuild after NCAA title

10. VIRGINIA TECH: Will miss versatile Carlos Dixon of Salisbury

11. VIRGINIA: New coach Dave Leitao's team lacks talent, experience

12. FLORIDA STATE: Will be wretched even if Von Wafer withdraws from draft

What in-depth analysis, but of course the chips are not all out yet.