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Mass Departure of Talent from the ACC? Maybe Not
by Stefan Adams, TechSideline.com

While the 2005-2006 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball season does not get underway for several months, the NBA Draft will be here before everyone realizes it (June 28).

As the days dwindle down, more and more college basketball players will declare what their futures hold -- NBA, or another year at the college level? The quartet of underclassmen talent at North Carolina has decided: Sean May, Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton, and Marvin Williams are all NBA-bound. Dukeís big man, Shelden Williams, has said he is staying in Durham to finish his college career. The most notable ACC player who has not made up his mind yet is Marylandís John Gilchrist, who is still weighing his decision.

Besides the underclassmen departing early, the ACC is losing some top-notch talent to graduation. Clemsonís Sharrod Ford, Georgia Techís stable of seniors, Dukeís Daniel Ewing, North Carolina Stateís Julius Hodge, and North Carolinaís Jawad Williams are just a few.

There is a perception, based primarily on UNC, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest getting cleaned out by graduation and early NBA defections, that the ACC will be down next year. Don't be so sure. Of the league's 12 teams, seven of them (including VT) will return four starters, and an eighth team (Maryland) returns all five starters, if Gilchrist stays. A ninth, Virginia, brings back three starters. That means that three quarters of the league is returning 36 out of 45 starters, or 80% of their starters. Not a bad ratio.

Here is a breakdown of the returning starters and players lost to graduation and possibly the NBA Draft, for all 12 ACC teams, Boston College included. This table will give you a good idea of who's going to have experience coming back next season, and who's not.

(* Note that underclass players marked with an asterisk have not hired an agent and are therefore eligible to return to the college ranks if they don't like their draft position.)

Boston College

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

F Jared Dudley - JR
F Craig Smith - SR
G Sean Marshall - JR
G Louis Hinnant - SR

C Nate Doornekamp
F Jermaine Watson

 

Clemson

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

G Vernon Hamilton - JR
G Cliff Hammonds - SO
F Cheyenne Moore - SO
G Shawan Robinson - SR

C Sharrod Ford
F Olu Babalola

 

Duke

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

C Shelden Williams - SR
G JJ Redick - SR
F Shavlik Randolph - SR
G Sean Dockery - JR

G Daniel Ewing
F Reggie Love

 

Florida State

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

G Todd Galloway - SR
F Alexander Johnson - JR
G Andrew Wilson - SR
F Diego Romero - JR

F Adam Waleskowski
F Anthony Richardson

G Von Wafer

Georgia Tech

Returning Starters*

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

 

C Luke Schenscher
G B.J. Elder
G Will Bynum
F Anthony McHenry
F Ismail Muhammad

G Jarrett Jack *

Maryland

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

F Travis Garrison - SR
G Chris McCray - SR
F Nik Caner-Medley - SR
G John Gilchrist - SR
F Ekene Ibekwe - JR

 

 

Miami

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

C Anthony King - JR
G Guillmero Diaz - JR
G Robert Hite - SR
G Anthony Harris - JR

F William Frisby

 

North Carolina

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

 

F Jawad Williams
G Melvin Scott
G Jackie Manuel

G Rashad McCants
G Raymond Felton
C Sean May
F Marvin Williams

North Carolina State

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

G Engin Astur - JR
G Tony Bethel - SR
G Ilian Evtimov - SR
C Andrew Brackman - SO

G/F Julius Hodge
F Jordan Collins

 

Virginia

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

G Sean Singletary - SO
G Gary Forbes - JR
G J.R. Reynolds - SR

C Elton Brown
F Devin Smith

 

Virginia Tech

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

G Jamon Gordon - JR
G Zabian Dowdell - JR
C Coleman Collins - JR
F Deron Washington - SO

F Carlos Dixon

 

Wake Forest

Returning Starters

Departing Seniors

Players Leaving Early

G Justin Gray - SR

F Jamaal Levy
F Vytas Danelius
G Taron Downey

G Chris Paul
C Eric Williams *



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   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week


Five Hokies Sign Free Agent Deals
by Stefan Adams, TechSideline.com, 4/29/05, 7:15 am
When the two-day marathon known as the NFL Draft finally came to a close, the phones starting ringing off the hook for undrafted players all around the country. Considering eight of the 11 Hokies categorized as potential draft picks were free agents after draftís end, Sunday night was busy for several 2005 Tech seniors. Five Hokies signed free agent deals this week and will now get set to compete for roles on NFL teams.
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Bryan Randall Rookie Diary #7: Off to Atlanta, Free Agent Deal in Hand
by TechSideline.com, 4/28/05, 1:45 pm
Basically, I never even got off the phone with Atlanta. Even when I talked to Arizona, Atlanta was still on the phone. Iím on my cell phone with one team and on my house phone talking to the other. Atlanta offered me a deal, then I went to Arizona and told them the deal Atlanta was offering me, and they said they could offer me more than that. It wasnít really necessarily about the money at the time, because the amount of money that Iíd be making is just going to be pocket change compared to the amount that I could be making if I make the right decisions.
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Lane Stadium Historical Photos
by TechSideline.com, 4/27/05, 3:20 pm
As West side expansion of Lane Stadium moves towards its conclusion, we add a new page to our site: historical photos of Lane Stadium, showing how Lane has grown and changed over the years.
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Marquie Cooke Dismissed
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, 4/25/05, 5:15 pm
Virginia Tech announced Monday afternoon that freshman point guard Marquie Cooke has been dismissed from the basketball team for unspecified reasons. "Marquie failed to abide by a set of standards we set for our basketball team," Virginia Tech head men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg said in a hokiesports.com press release. "We wish Marquie well in the future." The dismissal brings to an end a short VT career for Cooke, who struggled to find his place in Blacksburg and to adapt to college basketball.
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A Day at the Nike Camp
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, 4/25/05, 4:05 pm
Two years ago, when the Nike camp made its first-ever stop in Blacksburg, it created quite a buzz, and the weather was drizzly and a little chilly. This time around, Nike camps are almost old hat in the fast-moving world of football recruiting, and the 281 attendees were greeted with a rare sight: snow in late April and frigid weather that caused the players to spend most of their time indoors. I spent the day in Blacksburg, and what follows are some personal observations and descriptions of how the camp was run and some of the action I observed. Included are pictures and four video clips.
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Three Hokies Drafted
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, 4/25/05, 12:10 am
Eric Green, Vincent Fuller and Jon Dunn were all drafted by the NFL this past weekend, the 12th year in a row and 17th out of the last 19 that Hokies have been selected in the draft. Green went in Round 3 to Arizona, Fuller went in Round 4 to Tennessee, and Dunn was picked in Round 7 by Cleveland.
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