ACC Basketball: Conference Will Be Loaded With Young Talent Next Season

By Gregory Philson
Jahlil Okafor
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The Duke Blue Devils all but sealed up the No. 1 recruiting class this year when Jahlil Okafor officially signed a while back, but he is not the only reason coach Mike Krzyzewski will have a great team next year and why the ACC will have the best total group of young talent in the country.

Duke will also feature Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen and Tyus Jones alongside Okafor. That group will assemble to be one of the better freshmen classes in recent memory. These four players will give Duke superior talent at every position on the court and should make Duke a top-tier team from the first tip of the 2014-15 NCAA basketball season.

Not to be forgotten is the North Carolina Tar Heels‘ recruiting class. Coach Roy Williams already has as a seasoned group primed to make a run and will also have a point guard in Joel Berry, a wing defender with Theo Pinson and a do-everything player with Justin Jackson. North Carolina has a top three class, and if these players quickly integrate into the system, the Tar Heels will be a top five team.

The inclusion of the Louisville Cardinals obviously adds another basketball power into the conference and builds on the quality of the freshmen class in the ACC. Louisville will get the smooth skills of Shaqquan Jackson, the point guard coach Rick Pitino will need with Quentin Snider and power inside with Chinanu Onuaku and Anas Osama Mahmoud. The Cardinals will definitely be ready for all the new road trips.

This is just a glimpse of what the ACC has to offer for next year, and who knows what other talent may emerge from all the contenders next season.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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