It's prediction time as we look into our crystal ball for the ACC's 2011-2012 season and predict who will come out on top and get individual honors.
ACC 2011-12 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. North Carolina
Tar Heel fans are already reserving spots in New Orleans for the Final Four.
Blue Devils have depth in the frontcourt, youth on the perimeter.
3. Florida State
Under the radar stat: The Noles have averaged 22 victories since 2005-06.
Jim Larranaga takes over a hungry team with a lot of quality pieces in place.
Fifth-year senior forward Mike Scott could lead a major Cavalier resurgence.
6. Virginia Tech
Expect the Hokies to be back where they belong — on the bubble.
Senior Andre Young should be one of the league’s top defenders and 3-point gunners.
8. NC State
The Pack will only go as far as Lorenzo Brown’s decision-making can take them.
Mark Turgeon is terrific coach, but the Terps’ roster lacks difference-makers.
10. Georgia Tech
Juniors Glen Rice and Mfon Udofia will be leaned on heavily as veteran leaders.
11. Boston College
The Eagles lose their top five scorers, leaving Danny Rubin (4.1 ppg) as their top returning threat.
12. Wake Forest
Year 2 of the Jeff Bzdelik era can’t possibly be as bad as last year’s 8–24 disaster.
CONFERENCE SUPERLATIVES PREDICTIONS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
John Henson, North Carolina
MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER
Andre Young, Clemson
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Austin Rivers, Duke
Recruiting Roundup (by scout.com)
1. Duke Austin Rivers is the headliner, but Duke has four other top-100 prospects, and each fits a need.
2. North Carolina James McAdoo is a difference-maker inside, while P.J. Hairston is a dynamic scorer from the outside.
3. Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg secured three top-100 prospects. Dorian Finney-Smith should help right away.
4. Florida State Aaron Thomas and Terry Whisnant will bring instant scoring. Antwan Space is a versatile combo forward.
5. Virginia Malcolm Brogdon can play multiple positions, and Paul Jesperson is a lights-out shooter with size.
6. Boston College Boston College is bringing in nine guys. Ryan Anderson is the highest rated.
7. Clemson Bernard Sullivan, a post prospect, joins four perimeter players headed to Clemson.
8. Georgia Tech Despite the coaching chance, Brian Gregory kept Julian Royal (top 100) on board.
9. NC State Tyler Harris, a versatile forward, leads the way for NC State’s 2011 group.
10. Maryland Mark Turgeon was able to keep top-50 recruit Nick Faust on board, and it was a big deal.
11. Wake Forest The Demon Deacons’ three-man class is led by sharp-shooting Chase Fischer.
12. Miami With a lack of scholarships, Miami adds only one player. Bishop Daniels is a sensational athlete.
ACC All-Conference Predictions
First Team All-Conference
Harrison Barnes So. F North Carolina
Mason Plumlee Jr. F Duke
Austin Rivers Fr. G Duke
Mike Scott Sr. F Virginia
Tyler Zeller Sr. C North Carolina
Second Team All-Conference
Malcolm Grant Sr. G Miami
John Henson Jr. F North Carolina
Dorenzo Hudson Sr. G Virginia Tech
Kendall Marshall So. G North Carolina
Andre Young Sr. G Clemson
Third Team All-Conference
Seth Curry, Jr. G Duke
Bernard James, Sr. F Florida State
Travis McKie, So. F Wake Forest
Durand Scott, Jr. G Miami
Terrell Stoglin, So. G Maryland