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ACC Prospect preview: who are the top prospects on each team?

The Atlantic Coast Conference features a lot of top prospects, you have guys like Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin who very well could both be top 5 picks and you got some up and coming prospects like Isaiah Wong and Matthew Cleveland, here is my breakdown on the ACC in terms of prospects.

15. Boston College

Prospects: Demarr Langford Jr, Makai Ashton-Langford, Gianni Thompson

Gianni Thompson: Thompson is a 6 foot 8 wing playing for BC this year, ranked 120th in 247s database, Thompson has all the tools to be an elite level wing in this college basketball season. His athleticism is also above average, and he is beginning to get more consistent with his motor and production. As Thompson continues to get stronger he will in fact pose a bigger threat to other ACC teams. Right now he will come off as raw which is fine because he only started playing basketball at the age of 14 and got his first offer at 17. Thompson may be raw but for sure has the most upside on this roster.

Projected stats: 10.3/5.5/0.6 on 45/33/71 shooting

Age: 19 years of age

Nba comp: Kessler Edwards

Some Highlights of his game:

Demarr Langford Jr: Langford was a 4-star in the class of 2020 and he didn’t live up to the hype that he had however, he still put up a decent 7.2 PPG on 43% in 24 minutes of play a night. Personally, I think he will have a huge role for this team as their go-to guy. Boston College lost both Heath and Tabbs their two best players so it’s up for Demarr Langford to be that guy and he for sure can do that. Demarr has elite-level athleticism and versatility at the guard position, which allows him to defend multiple positions on the court. He has an explosive quick first step, and it showed well because he shot 57% at the rim last year.

Projected stats: 13.3/7.2/3.1 on 47/27/72 shooting

Age 20 Years old

Nba comp: Romeo Langford

Highlights:

14: Pittsburgh

Prospects: Nike Sibande and Femi Odukale

Femi Odukale: Odukale is a 6 foot 5 guard who just finished his freshman year for Pitt, With Justin gone I expect a breakout season for Femi since the ball will be in his hands for most of the year. Femi has a large ceiling. The rising sophomore took the ACC by shock last year after ending his season by concluding a 28-point bomb in a losing effort against Miami in the ACC Tournament. There is no denying with Femi’s ability to put the ball in the basketball that he very well could get some Nba notice.

Projected Stats: 15.3/4.3/4.1 on 43/38/82 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: RJ Nembhard

Highlights:

Nike Sibande: Sibande Is a six-foot-four, 183 lbs, shooting guard from Indianapolis, Indiana. Sibande is best described as a high leaper that has shooting upside. Nike put up 16 a game in his career for Miami Ohio and is likely to have a big year in his first full for Pitt.

Projected Stats: 13.8/7.5/3.2 on 49/36/71 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Troy Baxter JR

Highlights:

13. Wake Forest

Prospects: Daivien Williamson, Robert McCary, Lucas Taylor, and Carter Whitt

Daivien Williamson: Williamson is returning for his 4th year in college and will be the number one option now. Daivien was the Deacons’ most reliable contributor last year. Williamson wasn’t the greatest player for ETSU but got better, improving in everything besides free throws. Williamson is ready for a big senior year and is looking to be fairly efficient yet again.

Projected stats: 15.3/3.5/3.6 on 42/39/82 shooting

Age: 22

Comp: Peyton Siva

Highlights:

Robert McCary: Robert Jumped into the scene of high school basketball, He went from no offers to getting offers from power 5s in no time, here is what his coach said about him: Athletically Robert McCray is on a different level than most guys I’ve recruited. He’s a superior athlete. We did the standing vertically the other day and he did 38 inches, then running vertically he went 44. He’s a special athlete. Now, he’s a freshman and has a lot to learn like the rest of them.” I feel positive with his athleticism that he has a good chance of making a mark.

Projected stats: 8.2/4.3/2.2 on 48/33/71 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Less bouncy Rayjon Tucker

Highlights:

Carter Whitt: Whitt is a fun player to watch, he plays smart almost all the time and is a solid ball-handler and playmaker, however, he lacks the 3 point shoot that you need to advance yourself in the Nba. The flashes are there so I expect him to make some noise since he will be the number one option for the Demon Deacons.

Projected stats: 10.5/4.5/4.2 on 40/35/77 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: Kendell Marshall

Highlights:

Lucas Taylor: Taylor is a 6-foot 5 guard that has great athleticism along with his pretty good 3 point shooting ability, he should be an impact player for Wake day one. The question still remains, however, how legit is that defense since the scouts that have watched him said that was the biggest knock on his game.

Projected stats: 7.3/2.1/1.2 on 44/38/87 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Justin James with less height

Highlights:

13. Clemson Tigers:

Prospects: Naz Bohannon and Joshua Beadle

Naz Bohannon: Bohannon is a 6-6, 228-pound forward who led the Penguins in scoring last season (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg), while also logging 32.9 minutes per contest and a team-best 52.6 percent shooting clip. He also posted 11 20+ point outings and plays a lot bigger for his height.

Projected stats: 13.4/6.6/3.1 on 46/33/80

Age: 22

Nba comp: Aamir Simms

Highlights:

Joshua Beadle: 4-star recruit picked Clemson over in-state rival South Carolina. Beadle is a lefty guard that is athletic and a good shooter has the most upside on this very depleted Clemson roster.

Projected stats: 8.8/2.6/2.5 on 41/34/75

Age: 19

Nba comp: Tyler Hall

Highlights:

11. Georgia Tech

Prospects: Deivon Smith, Micheal Devoe, Miles Kelly, Dallan (Deebo) Coleman

Deivon Smith: Smith is a former four-star high school prospect from Georgia who played his freshman year at Mississippi State and then transferred to Georgia Tech. He was invited to participate in the USA Basketball U19 Team Trials for the FIBA World Cup U-19 tournament. Smith is An explosive true point guard with dynamic court vision who excels in transition and is an exceptional finisher with both hands at the rim, he is also an elite defender that claims to have a near 50 Inch vertical

Projected stats: 12.7/5.3/6.3 on 41/32/70 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Isaiah Miller mixed with some DSJ

Highlights:

Dallan (Deebo) Coleman: Deebo is a consensus four-star prospect, rated at No. 48 in the class of 2021 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, ESPN ranked him No. 32 overall and No. 7 among shooting guards, 247Sports had him No. 68, No. 15 at his position. Named Florida’s Mr. Basketball as well as the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior, averaged 24.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists as a senior for the Warriors, who turned around their season in mid-year with a 14-game winning and led them to the Florida High School Athletic Association final four. As a junior, Coleman led the team in points (25.8), rebounds (8.1), assists (3.5), steals (3.9), and blocks (0.8), and connected on 46 percent of his three-point tries.

Projected stats: 13.3/5.1/1.3 on 48/42/89 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Jordan Nwora

Highlights:

Miles Kelly: Kelly is a consensus four-star No. 87 in the 247Sports composite rankings – No. 90 by 247Sports (No. 22 among shooting guards) and No. 94 overall by Rivals (No. 24 among at his position) He put up 17.3 points per game, with 3.4 3-pointers made per game and 46.1-percent 3-point percentage all ranked second on the team for the undefeated (27-0) Tigers.

Projected stats: 6.7/2.0/1.3 on 43/41/83 shooting

Age: 18

Nba comp: Rob Edwards

Highlights:

Micheal Devoe: Devoe, who was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school, was able to put up 16.0 points per game as a junior in 2020-21. He shot 44.6% on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, per Synergy.

Projected stats: 19.7/5.0/3.3 on 43/39/88 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Goran Dragic

Highlights:

10. North Carolina State:

Prospects: Cam Hayes, Terquavion Smith, Manny Bates, Breon Pass

Cam Hayes: Hayes, a 6-3, 175-pound guard from Greensboro, N.C., started in 14 of his 23 appearances in his freshman campaign in 2020-21. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 assists in 23.5 minutes per game, all stats in which he was the leader among the team’s five freshmen last season.

Projected stats: 14.4/2.6/5.7 on 42/36/84 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Gabe York

Highlights:

Manny Bates: Through two seasons Bates is on pace to become the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots and to have the best field goal percentage in program history.

Projected stats: 10.4/6.6/3.1(Blocks) on 68/0/74 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Less bouncy Kenny Wooten

Highlights:

Breon pass: Pass is ranked as a four-star recruit by 247 was ranked No. 123 overall prospect and No. 5 prospect in the state of North Carolina by 247, Averaged 34.6 points and 13.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 3.1 steals per game as a senior and is a athletic scoring guard

Projected stats: 6.3/3.6/1.1 on 39/35/75 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Carsen Edwards

Highlights:

Terquavion Smith: Smith a consensus four-star recruit, ranked as No. 77 overall recruit in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 3 prospect in the state of North Carolina by 247Sports, was also ranked in the ESPN Top-100. Smith has a 42-inch vertical which helps him a lot since he is an attack-minded player.

Projected stats: 7.2/4.6/1.7 on 43/29/65 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Guard version of kelly Oubre wizard days

Highlights:

9. Miami FL:

Prospects: Bensley Jospeh, Kam Mgusty and Isaiah Wong

Bensley Jospeh: 4-star recruit that is a quick and pass first PG, should be a nice backup for Miami this season.

Projected stats: 5.5/2.6/4.7 on 40/31/75 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Mickinely wright

Highlights:

Kameron Mgusty: Atheltic, shooter, defender and has a high IQ

Projected stats: 13.5/5.6/3.7 on 44/35/75 shooting

Age: 24

Nba comp: Vince edwards

Highlights:

Isaiah Wong: Isaiah Wong is a high-scoring guard who has a quick first step and has the ability to get his own shot. He’s got good handles and can be creative with the ball, also he has a pretty nice bag and is a pretty good shooter.

Projected stats: 20.5/6.6/3.7 on 43/40/85 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: Jalen Adams but shades of Ty Jerome

Highlights:

8. Notre Dame:

Prospects: Blake Wesley, Prentiss Hubb, Nate Laszewski

Nate Laszewski:, he is a guy that has the frame, and the game to play at the next level. A big man who can fill it up from the outside, he fits the NBA game perfectly.

Projected stats: 14.5/8.6/0.7 on 51/44/80 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Ryan Anderson 

Highlights:

Prentiss Hubb: is a deep range shooter, a good playmaker, and a fun scorer.

Projected stats: 14.1/4.6/7.7 on 40/35/80 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Jared harper with some size and slower

Highlights:

Blake Wesley: A 6-foot-4 guard with high-level athleticism combined with the ability to get to the rim and make plays off the dribble, Wesley is someone with a lot of upside. it is very possible that he could end up being one of the surprise freshmen in the country.

Projected stats: 10.4/3.5/1.7 on 39/34/83 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Frank Jackson

Highlights:

7. Syracuse

Prospects: Benny Willaims and Buddy Boeheim

Buddy Boeheim: Boeheim’s has the ability to knock down threes, especially in big time moments, for example during the 2021 NCAA Tournament It propelled him to be an NBA prospect. Boeheim averaged 22.3 points per game on 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the three-point line during March Madness.

Projected stats: 18.6/5.5/2.7 on 49/41/86 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Duncan Robinson

Highlights:

Benny Willaims: Williams was rated 15th overall and a five-star recruit by Rivals.com … He was ranked 27th overall by ESPN and 25th overall by 247Sports in the Class of ’21. Willaims is a high-level athlete with playmaking and shooting upside, also is a solid defender. First-round upside

Projected stats: 13.6/4.7/3.2 on 38/33/81 shooting

Age: 18

Nba comp: Lonnie walker flashes

Highlights:

6: V-tech

Prospects: Storm Murphy, Keve Aluma, Sean Pedulla and Lynn Kidd

Storm Murphy: Averaged 17.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists this past year is a fun player to watch with some long-range ability

Projected stats: 14.2/3.1/5.2 on 42/39/89 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Jimmer Fredette

Highlights:

Lynn Kidd: here is what the Hokies coach had to say about him:“He is an outstanding front court player with great size and athleticism. Lynn adds to our depth in the front court and will help us defensively with his shot-blocking and rebounding. Offensively, he is a very good finisher around the rim and has shown the ability to step out and make high-post jump shots. Our staff looks forward to working with him this season.”

Projected stats: 8.8/7.4/1.4(Blocks) on 45/19/64 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: Jackson Hayes

Highlights:

Keve Aluma: Aluma projects as a PF at the next level however, Aluma doesn’t have elite size or length; he’s not a super explosive vertical athlete. But Aluma moves well and he can shoot. and plays hard. teams want that and he will be a pro somewhere.

Projected stats: 16.8/7.4/1.9 on 55/39/74 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Grant Willaims

Highlights:

Sean Pedulla: Rated the 165th-best prospect in the 2021 class on 247Sports, was the second-best player in the state of Oklahoma and the 25th-best point guard nationally, according to 247Sports … Chose the Hokies over Minnesota and Oklahoma State. is a score-first PG

Projected stats: 7.1/1.1/2.2 on 40/39/82 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Off-brand Chris Clemmons

highlights:

5. Virgina:

Prospects: Taine Murray, Reece Beekman, and Jayden Gardner

Taine Murray: New Zealand sharpshooter, legit that’s all he does at a high-level but he shot 47% from 3 on over 7.2 attempts per game

Projected stats: 12.3/2.1/1.2 on 48/45/90 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Marco Belinelli

Highlights:

Jayden Gardner: Started 18 of 19 games played during the season, averaging 18.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 35.2 minutes per game, old school type of player.

Projected stats: 15.3/6.9/2.6 on 52/14/63 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Grant willaims without shooting

Highlights:

Reece Beekman: Elite defender who should get his stock up based on that alone, still sucks on offense

Projected stats: 6.8/2.2/3.1 on 36/33/79 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Briante Webber with shooting

Highlights:

4. Louisville

Prospects: Matt Cross, Michael James(out for the year), Sydney Curry, Eli Ellis, Samuell Williamson, Jae’Lyn Withers, Dre Davis

Sydney Curry: “We are super excited to add Sydney Curry to our roster,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “To add a player of Syd’s ability this late provides a real boost to our frontcourt. He has a unique combination of strength, athleticism, and skill. His summer will obviously be condensed, but he’s excited as are we to get him going as a Cardinal.”

Projected stats: 8.2/6.3/0.9 on 53/29/79 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Eric Moreland

Highlights:

Samuell Williamson: A big-time athlete who can sky above the rim and finish with power. Has a smooth mid-range game and a pure shooting stroke.

Projected stats: 12.3/5.2/1.6 on 42/38/77 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Poor mans Miles Bridges

Jaylen Withers: At 6’8” he has average length and athleticism, but good fluidity and mobility. A versatile prospect is a combo forward that is at best stretching the floor with his jump shot. Projected stats: 12.8/9.2/1.6 on 50/38/81 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: Christan wood Bucks days

Highlights:

Dre Davis: Starting forward in 17 games averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game with six blocked shots and 34 offensive rebounds (third on the team). Is a fun defender mainly due to his high-level IQ… Jumper needs work.

Projected stats: 11.4/5.3/2.4 on 41/37/77 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: A low budget Lou Dort

Highlights:

Eli Ellis: Averaged 17.7 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds while connecting on 55-of-132 three-pointers (.417) and 75.9 percent of his free throws (85-of-112) in leading Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College to a 19-3 record in 2020-21. Was the number one JUCO in the Nation and the past two Number one JUCOS are in the NBA, one you might know… Chris Duarte. Elis has elite speed and nice athleticism kind of Fox like.

Projected stats: 13.3/3.6/5.5 on 45/40/92 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Dollar tree De’aaron Fox

Highlights:

Matt Cross: Sharp-shooting transfer who played his freshman collegiate season last year at the University of Miami (Florida). In 14 games as a freshman with the Hurricanes including nine starts, Cross averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and made 20-of-50 three-point goals (.400).

Projected stats: 8.3/4.3/1.2 on 51/44/88 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: Justin Jackson

Highlights:

3. Florida State:

Prospects: Jalen Warley, Caleb Mills, Anthony Polite, Matthew Cleveland, Cam’Ron Fletcher and John Butler

Jalen Warley: Jalen Warley is a big guard with size, skill, and solid athleticism. At right around 6-foot-5, Warley has the size to play off the ball and also the ability to be a primary ball-handler who makes others better. the shot could be better but he is a solid prospect that has first-round upside

Projected stats: 8.7/4.4/2.9 on 45/30/82 shooting

Age: 18

Nba comp: Will Barton

Cam’Ron Fletcher: Consensus four-star prospect … Averaged 20.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, has high-level athleticism and a Nba ready frame

Projected stats: 10.2/4.4/2.2 on 44/40/80 shooting

age: 19

Nba comp: Cam Reddish

Caleb Mills: A Pure bucket that can expend as a defender and playmaker, should be in the ACC POY convos and draft convos

Projected stats: 17.2/5.2/4.4 on 42/34/81 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: poor mans Lou-will

John Butler: ranked as the No. 10 center and the No. 68 player nationally in the class of 2021, has a wingspan of 7-3, and brings an incredibly unique skill set to the Seminoles’ rotation…uses his length well, Nba upside.

Projected stats: 8.3/5.1/1.2 on 53/33/70 shooting

Age: 18

Nba comp: Skinny Mo Bamba

Anthony Polite: A good 3 and D player that could be a late second, can’t say more than that.

Projected stats: 16/5.4/1.6 on 42/39/88 shooting

Age: 22

Nba comp: Duane Washington with more defense

Matthew Cleveland: the No. 14 ranked recruit in the nation by rivals…the No. 15 overall recruit in the Top247 rankings…the No. 22 ranked recruit nationally in the class of 2021…ranked as the No. 5 shooting guard entering the college ranks for the 2021-22 season. Cleveland is the perfect wing for the Nba, Can shoot, defend, dunk, pass he has a ton of upside.

Projected stats: 14.4/5.1/3.3 on 50/39/83 shooting

Age: 18

Nba comp: He is a freshman wing from Florida state… I do not need to say anything

2. UNC:

Prospects: Dontrez Styles, Dawson Garcia, Caleb Love, Brady Menek, Armando Bacot, Kerwin Walton

Armando Bacot: He came into college with high expectations but has been a bit slow to develop. At this point, he looks like a borderline NBA player who may end up earning a good living playing overseas.

Projected stats: 12.2/10.2/0.7 on 53/18/67 shooting

Age: 21

Nba comp: Tyler davis

RJ Davis: “He too shifty” “Best guard in NYK” “Best ball-handler in the past decade” All of those were headlines about RJ Davis, he was one of the most electric players In HS and had a decent freshman year, I like his Nba chances

Projected stats: 13.6/3.1/5.7 on 40/37/84 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Poor mans Kemba

Dontrez Styles: Styles has the physical tools to step in and make an immediate impact at the wing/forward positions. He’s a high motor guy who never gives up on a play,. Styles’ best attribute at this stage is his athleticism, but can be so much more.

Projected stats: 6.3/2.3/0.6 on 46/32/73 shooting

Age: 19

Nba comp: Kenny Wooten

Dawson Garcia: Dawson is a very mobile big with playmaking and shooting upside but lacks defense for now.

Projected stats: 13.8/7.4/3.1 on 46/33/72 shooting

age: 20

Nba comp: Sabonis from wish

Caleb Love: He was a top 15 high school player coming into college, he has good athleticism and a Score-first mindset, could be a first founder if things go well.

Projected stats: 15.5/5.4/5.1 on 42/35/72 shooting

Age: 20

Nba comp: Some Cole and some DSJ

  1. Duke

Prospects: Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, Trevor Keels, Jeremy Roach, Wendell Moore, Mark Williams

Mark Williams: Mark is a 7-footer with decent mobility. Rebounds on the ball well and knows his role, as a rebounder and defender. As of now he projects to be a rim-runing only guy but has shown flashes of playmaking

Age: 19

Projected stats: 10.3/8.8/2.2 Blocks on 63% shooting

Nba comp: Tristan Thompson

Jeremy Roach:

Age: 20

Projected stats: 13.3/2.5/4.6 on 41/39/80 shooting

Nba comp: Budget Lowry

Wendell Moore: Well.. Moore has been very disappointing since entering college but He projects as a 3&D guy at the next level and so hitting the 3pt shot will be the it factor for his career.

Age: 21

Projected stats: 13.2/5.7/2.2 on 43/39/82 shooting

Nba comp: Duke Gary Trent JR

Trevor Keels: A big 2 guard who is pretty thick, Keels is a high-level recruit and future NBA draft pick that is also one of the best shooters in his class.

Projected stats: 13.5/5.5/4.3 on 48/40/88 shooting

Age: 19

Comp: Raptors Gary Trent

AJ Griffin: Griffin is by far the best SG in this class when healthy, Has elite athleticism, great defender and has scoring and shooting upside. The main drawback with AJ is health concerns

Age: 18

Projected stats: 15.2/5.5/3.3 on 48/37/80 shooting

Comp: Jimmy Butler with shooting

Paolo Banchero: Paolo put it simply is not human, Paolo is Atheltic, Moblie, Shoot, Defend, playmaker, and has a 44-inch vert while being 6 foot 10 and 235 pounds.  Paolo fits the mold of a modern-day 4-man with his advanced skill level, offensive versatility, and ability to stretch the floor. It should be fun to see how he develops at Duke… He already looks insane, however.

Age: 18

Projected stats: 21.5/10.3/3.3 on 52/35/74 shooting

Nba comp: Pistons Blake with shades of Zion

And that about does it for the ACC prospect breakdown. These to me were all of the players in this conference with Nba upside!

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