With the emergence of North Carolina State, the ACC will no longer be a two-man battle between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils. All three of these teams will be pretty good in the 2012-13 college basketball season, but how do these team’s players stack up individually?
With that said, let’s take a look at at the best player at every position in the ACC.
Point Guard: Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State-At 6’5”, Brown definitely has some size over his competition, since he plays at the point guard position and all. Last year, Brown averaged 12.7 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per game. These are pretty impressive numbers no matter who you are. However, expect for them to increase in the upcoming season. Whether if it is draining threes, driving to the basket or breaking ankles, Brown can do it all. This kid will be one of the best PGs in the country all season long.
Shooting Guard: Seth Curry, Duke-Many Michael Snaer fans will not agree with this pick, but Seth Curry will be one of the best shootings guards in the nation this year. With Austin Rivers out of the picture, and Curry being able to play his natural position at shooting guard, Curry will be much more effective than 13.2 points per game. That isn’t even bad though, considering that Curry was the second highest leading scorer for the Blue Devils last year. The point is, expect a breakout year from Curry, and for him to play more like he did his freshman season with Liberty, where he averaged 20.2 points per game.
Small Forward: C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State-The Wolfpack will be one of the best teams in the nation this year, thanks to Leslie returning to the team. As a sophomore, Leslie averaged 14.7 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. What makes Leslie so special though is the fact that he is so dominate on the inside, while being able to knock down shots from the perimeter. Leslie also has very good ball-handling skills and he plays pretty mad defense.
Power Forward: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina-McAdoo was pretty much overlooked last season, since the Tar Heels were absolutely stacked. Therefore, McAdoo only played 15.6 minutes per game. In this time, he still managed to put up 6.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game. McAdoo is not only a beast around the basket, but on defense as well. Expect McAdoo to average near a double-double in the upcoming season.
Center: Mason Plumlee, Duke-Plumlee may be considered as a forward to many people, but he definitely plays like a center for the Blue Devils. Now that Plumlee will play a much bigger role for Duke this season, you can expect his 11.1 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game to increase. Plumlee may be the big man for Duke, but he also has a good midrange shot and he can actually put the ball on the floor, unlike a lot of centers in the game.
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