Power Rankings: ACC Basketball’s Top 15 Players (4th Edition)
ACC's Top 15 Players
The ACC is returning after a holiday break with an action packed weekend, meaning it’s time once again to rank the top 15 players in the conference.
Despite a light schedule given the holiday season, the conference was still filled with plenty of impactful performances.
While the Duke Blue Devils remained undefeated and clearly the best team in the conference. The North Carolina State Wolfpack were gaining ground on the top seeded school with a career night from one of their best players.
The Wolfpack weren’t the only team to witness a career night from one of their best players, as the Florida State Seminoles also shared a similar honor. The Seminoles have struggled through the first two months of the season but remain competitive thanks to the play of their most experienced guard.
Another team that is led by their senior guard is the Virginia Tech Hokies. After an unbeaten streak to start the year, the Hokies have begun falling back down to earth, losing two of their last three games. Along with the Hokies struggles of late, the Miami(FL) Hurricanes have quickly loss two in a row, watching their record fall to 8-3.
Meanwhile, one team that is not struggling is the Maryland Terrapins and their 10 game winning streak after losing their season opener.
With all that said, it’s time to reveal the fourth edition of the ACC top 15 players in the conference.
The rankings are based on player performance, strength of schedule, team success, and are designed to give an idea of where the player might finish if the conference player of the year was named today. Players who have performed at high levels against strong competition are weighed higher than those who might have higher numbers against considerably weaker competition.
15. Durand Scott
Durand Scott, Miami(FL) Hurricanes
Current Ranking: 15, Last Ranking: 15
After returning from a three game suspension to begin the season, the senior has become Miami’s leading scorer, along with being second on the team in assists and steals. The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, three assists and two steals while shooting 51.1% from the field.
14. Jarell Eddie
Jarell Eddie, Virginia Tech Hokies
Current Ranking: 14, Last Ranking: 12
The 6-foot-7 junior is leading the 9-3 Hokies in rebounding along with being the team’s second leading scorer. He began the year with great shooting and was a big part of Virginia Tech’s undefeated streak to start off the season. Unfortunately, Eddie has cooled off since but is still averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
13. Dezmine Wells
Dezmine Wells, Maryland Terrapins
Current Ranking: 13, Last Ranking: 13
The 6-foot-5 sophomore has fit right in with 10-1 Maryland after transferring from the Xavier Musketeers. He’s the team’s second leading scorer averaging 12.8 points, to go along with 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 56% from the field. Wells has been a major part to the Terrapins great start to the year. The most recent example of his impact with Maryland was his 19 points, six rebounds and two assists while shooting 7 for 9 from the floor in a 76-69 win over the Stony Brook Seawolves.
12. Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson, Boston College Eagles
Current Ranking: 12, Last Ranking: 14
The sophomore is the conference’s second leading rebounder and its third leading scorer. He has the worst team record of any player in the rankings with Boston College’s 6-5 record. However, it’s impossible to ignore Anderson’s 16.1 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 52.1% from the floor. The 6-foot-8 forward has scored in the twenties in three of the Eagles past four games.
11. Michael Snaer
Michael Snaer, Florida State Seminoles
Current Ranking: 11, Last Ranking: NR
The 6-foot-5 senior returns to the rankings after a career scoring performance. The 7-4 Seminoles would be one of the worst teams in the conference if wasn’t for Snaer’s 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He currently sits fourth in the conference in scoring.
10. Reggie Johnson
Reggie Johnson, Miami(FL) Hurricanes
Current Ranking: 10, Last Ranking: 8
The 6-foot-10, 292lbs center missed the Hurricanes past three games over the holiday weekend with a thumb injury. Miami went 1-2 without the senior, watching their season record fall to 8-3. Johnson would have made a significant difference in those games if he were able to go, considering his double-double average of 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds.
9. Lorenzo Brown
Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State Wolfpack
Current Ranking: 9, Last Ranking: 9
The 6-foot-5 guard is the conference’s assists leader along with being second in steals. He’d be higher in the rankings if it weren’t for having a career high in turnovers this season with 3.6 per game. However, the junior is still a key piece for the 9-2 Wolfpack while averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
8. James Michael McAdoo
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels
Current Ranking: 8, Last Ranking: 7
The sophomore is the sixth leading scorer in the conference and remains the only player in the rankings from the 9-3 Tar Heels. He’s averaging 15 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.
7. Quinn Cook
Quinn Cook, Duke Blue Devils
Current Ranking: 7, Last Ranking: 6
The sophomore has been phenomenal since being inserted into the starting line-up and sits third in the conference in assists and fourth in steals. His playmaking ability is an underrated attribute that has helped Duke a lot more than it has received credit for. On the season he’ averaging 10.4 points, six assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting 50% from three point range and 80% from the foul line.
6. C.J. Leslie
C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State Wolfpack
Current Ranking: 6, Last Ranking: 10
The 6-foot-9 forward makes a big jump up the rankings after his career night of 33 points and eight rebounds. For more on his impressive performance, click here.
5. Seth Curry
Current Ranking: 5, Last Ranking: 5
The conference’s fifth leading scorer sits at five in the rankings with his average of 15.7 points per game. His perimeter scoring has been the perfect complement to teammate Mason Plumlee’s interior scoring and the combination is a big reason why the Blue Devils are still undefeated. The senior has been bothered by an ankle injury for most of the season and it has forced him to miss action. This only begs the question of if he was healthy, how much higher would his scoring average be .
4. Alex Len
Alex Len, Maryland Terrapins
Current Ranking: 4, Last Ranking: 4
Tied for first as the conference’s best shot blocker along with being its fifth best rebounder, the 7-foot-1 center has been the main reason for Maryland’s 10-1 record. The sophomore is the team’s leading scorer averaging 14.4 points, to go along with 8.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks, while shooting 58.5% from the field.
3. Richard Howell
Richard Howell, North Carolina State Wolfpack
Current Ranking: 3, Last Ranking: 3
The senior has six double-doubles on the year and has the second best field goal percentage in the conference along with being tied for third in rebounding. He was the biggest reason why the Wolfpack were able to keep things together after a slow start to the year. On the season, he’s averaging 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 64.4% from the field.
2. Erick Green
Erick Green, Virginia Tech Hokies
Current Ranking: 2, Last Ranking: 2
The conference’s leading scorer and fifth best playmaker is nearly single handily responsible for Virginia Tech’s 9-3 record. The senior’s lowest scoring total of the season was a 21 point performance in the season opener. Since then he’s been on fire averaging 25.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 51.6% from the field. Few players are as directly responsible for their team’s success than Green is for the Hokies.
1. Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee, Duke Blue Devils
Current Ranking: 1, Last Ranking: 1
The best team in the conference continues to be led by the best player in the conference. The senior sits first in the ACC for rebounding, second in scoring and third in field goal percentage. The undefeated Blue Devils have been powered by his averages of 19.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 64.1% from the field. No player has been more dominate for his team within the conference than the 6-foot-10, 235lbs center.