banner
Caulton Tudor

ACC's losses to NBA should be tolerable

Posted April 17

As college basketball fans await the final go-or-stay NBA decisions by Duke players Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, along with a few others, it’s already clear that the Pac-12 will take the heaviest personnel hit among conferences.

With this week’s exits by UCLA sophomore wingman Kyle Anderson and freshman guard Zach Lavine, the Bruins went from being a preseason No. 1 contender to a top-25 maybe.

Anderson and Lavine are only two of six top-tier Pac-12 underclassmen opting for the June 26 draft in New York. Also leaving are Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Oregon State’s Eric Moreland. 

Not only that, 11 of the top 20 vote-getters on the Pac-12 all-conference teams were seniors.

Two 'deadlines'

By comparison, the ACC has a chance to escape in relatively decent shape even if Parker and Hood leave, which has been widely expected for weeks and prematurely reported during the past few days.

Parker, who was named the team’s most valuable player during Wednesday’s banquet, surprised many fans (and some reporters) when he didn’t reveal his decision earlier Wednesday.

There are two “deadlines” for underclassmen to declare. The NCAA date was Wednesday, but the NCAA’s deadline is meaningless. What really matters is the NBA deadline – April 26 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern – so Hood, Parker and other players still have lots of time to figure it out.

But regardless of what Hood and Parker do, Duke will be a preseason top-25 team and a top-3 ACC pick in 2015-16. Recruits Jahlil Oakfor (center), Tyus Jones (point guard), Justise Winslow (forward) and Grayson Allen (wing) actually could raise the talent bar.

The Blue Devils again will be generally young, but the talent is there for another win total in the 25-30 game range. Mike Krzyzewski will start the season with 983 career wins (910 at Duke), and should crack the 1,000 barrier by mid-January.
Syracuse probably will not be so fortunate.

With stars Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant leaving for the draft and C.J. Fair graduating, the two-man recruit class of Chris McCullough (forward) and playmaker Kaleb Joseph will leave Orange coach Jim Boeheim with a rebuilding challenge in his 39th season. He’ll start with 948 wins, all at his alma mater.

UNC standout James Michael McAdoo is leaving, but the Tar Heels will likely be the preseason ACC favorite as long as Marcus Paige is around and assuming he’ll get some perimeter support from newcomers Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson.

Other than Parker and Hood, the last ACC verdict appears to hinge on Clemson junior forward K.J. McDaniels. The Tigers obviously will be much better if he stays, but probably not a conference title contender either way. 

But it’s for sure the ACC needs all the clout it can muster after its miserable NCAA tournament showing last month.

9 Comments

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Boogalooboy Apr 17, 2:25 p.m.

    Obamadude, they probably will have guarantees that will set them for life if they handle it well, then if they really love the game they can make a respectable dollar in Europe..

  • jmcdow2792 Apr 17, 1:57 p.m.

    Well the ACC has the advantage. They have no choice other than to tolerate the changes.

  • KT called a Congressional hearin Apr 17, 1:32 p.m.

    These guys are implying McAflop is actually a loss.

  • immaannoid Apr 17, 1:29 p.m.

    How can the ACC be "tolerable" when it already sucked this year? If the talent that it did have leaves, logic would dictate a level of intolerability would follow.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 17, 1:20 p.m.

    So what happens when these dumb@zzzes fail at the pro level and have nothing to fall back on? Exactly.

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Apr 17, 1:03 p.m.

    Win when you have them!!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    "Succeed and proceed", as Cal says.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 17, 12:53 p.m.

    Win when you have them!!

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Apr 17, 12:40 p.m.

    Well, Parker just announced what we all thought he would do. Best wishes to him.

  • jbboone Apr 17, 12:33 p.m.

    What about the impact on State? If you added information on this issue you would need to change the title of the article.

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Saturday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Toronto

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. UConn

    Tonight at 8:00 on 620am

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Tomorrow at 6:30 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
UCONN
 
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
DET 106
DAL 117
Final
BOS 109
ORL 92
Final
MIA 87
UTA 105
Final
TOR 105
BRK 89
Final
SAN 116
MEM 117
Final
POR 104
MIL 97
 
4th
DEN 84
HOU 82
 
4th
LAC 91
IND 93
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
NYK
 
8:30pm Tonight
HOU
NOP
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
 
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
Final
UNCW 73
LIB 70
 
Final
LOYC 83
ABCHRIST 44
 
Final
MURST 94
ALCOR 56
 
Final
HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
Final
NW 67
CMICH 80
Final
WKENT 75
CHIST 60
 
Final
ODU 58
UGST 54
Final
SMU 67
ILLCH 46
Final
LALAF 115
MLGN 76
 
Final
TULSA 74
MIZST 70
Final
UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
Final
NEOM 92
NCOL 82
 
Final
TTU 101
SCST 39
 
Final
DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
Final
STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
Final
STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
Final
MEM 83
USCU 73
 
Final
ILLST 64
TENNM 54
 
Final
MSU 66
EMICH 46
Final
GRCN 80
INCWORD 82
 
Final
STAN 67
LMU 58
Final
BAY 66
NMST 55
 
Final
CIN 71
SDST 62
Final
AUB 80
WINT 62
 
Final
NMU 76
CARK 55
 
Final
PEPP 53
HOW 45
 
Final
CPSL 60
NE 58
 
1st OT
UNLV 62
PORT 62
 
2nd
OREG 68
CSNO 46
 
2nd
WASH 82
GRAM 33
 
12:30pm Today
RICE
STTHOMASTX
 
7:00pm Tonight
UVA
CLST
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIU
FIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
STET
GSOUT
 
7:00pm Tonight
QUIN
LEH
 
7:00pm Tonight
SFLA
SHU
 
7:00pm Tonight
RICH
SALA
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAN
USB
 
7:00pm Tonight
DEL
TEMPL
 
7:00pm Tonight
WCU
WRST
 
7:00pm Tonight
VERM
YALE
 
7:30pm Tonight
SDKST
IDST
 
7:30pm Tonight
RIDE
MRGST
 
7:30pm Tonight
LATU
NICST
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHAR
APP
 
8:00pm Tonight
MISS
CCAR
 
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
UCONN
 
8:00pm Tonight
BRAD
EUREK
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
OAKC
 
8:00pm Tonight
JST
SMISS
 
8:30pm Tonight
SD
MNTST
 
9:00pm Tonight
UAB
LSU
 
9:05pm Tonight
EVAN
OHIO
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
10:00pm Tonight
ORST
DEP
 
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
NEV
 
10:00pm Tonight
USF
PORST
 
10:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
WALLA
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
Final
MIN 2
BOS 3
Final
VAN 0
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
COL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
FLA
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
TOR
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
WAS
 
7:30pm Tonight
MON
ANA
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
 
8:25pm Tonight
JAC
TEN