Not sure why the title of this entry is all-caps, but… well… too lazy to fix it. In any event, the ACC had a very good NFL draft, with 9 players drafted in the first round. The first round of the NBA draft went pretty well too, with 7 of the first 30 selections coming from the ACC. Overall, 12 of the 60 selections were ACC… exactly 20%. Given that 14 players were from foreign countries, that means that 12 of 46–selections were ACC, more than 25%. Not too shabby. Nicely done, ACC!
This time last year, coach Mike Fox and the Diamond Heels were reeling after losing 10 commits to the 2014 MLB draft which showed up significantly (in a bad way) in both the regular season and ACC tournament in the form of pitching. After losing many talented freshman, there just seemed to not be enough manpower in that particular area to sustain momentum down the stretch. This ultimately led to the Heels missing taking part in the NCAAT for the first time since 2001.
Even though the top 2 recruits the Diamond Heels had signed ended up being drafted, the class is still loaded and with some much needed relief in the form of pitchers. One of those pitching commits (two total) ranks in the Top 75 nationally.
The in-state class is led by 2nd ranked RHP and 10th ranked player overall in the state of North Carolina- Cole Aker and will be looked at to help add stability at the mound similar to what they enjoyed back in 2014.
I’ll have a breakdown of the entire recruiting class this summer along with the other UNC teams as we gear up for the new season.