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NBA Draft Recap

The Confidential notes that the ACC was well-represented in last week’s NBA draft.  Indeed, the following ACC players were drafted:

  • Duke’s Brandon Ingram went #2 to the Lakers
  • Florida State’s Malik Beasley went #19 to the Nuggets
  • Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson went #22 to the Hornets
  • North Carolina’s Brice Johnson went #25 to the Clippers
  • Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon went #36 to the Bucks
  • Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku went #37 to the Rockets
  • Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson went #45 to the Celtics
  • Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije went #49 to the Pistons
  • North Carolina’s Marcus Paige went #55 to the Nets

Thus, 9 of the 60 draftees were ACC products.  Of course, with 15 foreign players drafted, 9 of 45 college players drafted were from the ACC.  This is a solid 20%.  With college basketball being so much deeper than college football, this is an outstanding percentage for any conference.

 

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ACC In the NFL–2016 Draft Update After 3 Rounds

Yesterday, the Confidential recapped Round 1.  There was an error–there were only 31 picks because New England lost its first round pick to whatever latest scandal they were embroiled in.  For whatever reason, having 6 of 31 picks just looks a lot better than 6/32.  Still, it was hard to call Round 1 spectacular with so much Notre Dame influence.  Day 2 did not do much to improve the analysis.  But, upon further review, there is nothing for the ACC to hang its head about.

Here is a list of the ACC players taken in Round 2:

  • Kevin Dodd, DE Clemson (Tennessee Titans)
  • Jaylon Smith, LB Notre Dame (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Nick Martin, OL Notre Dame (Houston Texans)
  • Mackensie Alexander, CB Clemson (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Tyler Boyd, WR Pittsburgh (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • TJ Green, S Clemson (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Roberto Aguayo, K Florida State (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Adam Gotsis, DL Georgia Tech (Denver Broncos)

After 2 rounds, the ACC had 14/63 picks.   That is 22%.  With 5 major conferences, right about where the ACC should be to maintain par.  However, with 4 of those being Notre Dame, and the fair perception that Notre Dame is not really an ACC football school, that drops things to 10/63, or 16%.  Still, that is not horrible given that 8 of those 63 draftees were not from P5 schools.  10 out of the 55 P5 players drafted works out to 18%, maybe 1 draftee short of where the ACC “should be.”  Certainly not worthy of concern.

Here is a list of the ACC players taken in Round 3:

  • Keivarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Joe Thuney, OG, NC State (New England Patriots)
  • Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Washington Redskins)
  • C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State (New England Patriots)
  • Justin Simmons, S, Boston College (Denver Broncos)

Of the 98 players drafted in the first three rounds, 20 were from the ACC (including Notre Dame).  That works out to 20.4%.  If you exclude Notre Dame’s impressive six draftees, that drops things down to 14.3%, roughly 1 in 7 draftees being from ACC schools.

The Confidential is of the opinion that the ACC should strive to supply approximately 17% of the draftees each year.  That corresponds to 1/6th of the draftees, with 1/6th also apportioned for the SEC, Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12, and “other.”  As for the “other,” the NFL certainly does not shy away from taking players with potential from outside the P5.  In fact, 15 of the 98 players drafted through 3 rounds were from schools outside the P5.

Here are the “by conference” totals:

  1. Big 10: 22
  2. SEC: 22
  3. ACC: 20 (including Notre Dame)
  4. Other: 15
  5. ACC: 14 (excluding Notre Dame)
  6. Pac 12: 10
  7. Big XII: 9

If you do not include Notre Dame as an ACC school, even an unspectular first three round still has the ACC well ahead of the Pac 12 and Big XII for producing players.  Even adjusted for fewer teams, the Pac 12 and Big XII still fall short of meeting the 1 draftee per school ratio that the ACC meets.  If you include Notre Dame, then the ACC bumps right up behind the Big 10 and the SEC.

The best way to sum up the first three rounds from an ACC perspective is to state that it has been an “OK” draft.  The draft has done nothing to suggest that the ACC is not worthy of every respect as a football conference.  Regardless of whether you count Notre Dame as an ACC school, the ACC is still a solid “third” in producing NFL talent.

NFL Draft Update: ACC Players Round 1

With Round 1 of the NFL Draft complete, here is a look at which ACC schools had players drafted and where they went:

  • With the 5th overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected FSU cornerback, Jalen Ramsey.
  • With the 6th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens selected Notre Dame tackle, Ronnie Stanley.
  • With the 12th overall pick, the New Orleans Saints selected Louisville defensive tackle, Sheldon Rankins.
  • With the 19th overall pick, the Buffalo Bills selected Clemson defensive end, Shaq Lawson.
  • With the 21st overall pick, the Houston Texans selected Notre Dame wide receiver, Will Fuller
  • With the 25th overall pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Miami cornerback, Artie Burns

Thus, 4/32 picks are from ACC schools… 6/32 if you include Notre Dame (as we do).   By comparison, the SEC had 8 players drafted, while Ohio State alone had five players drafted in the first round.  Not a great first day, but there are six more rounds for the ACC to show itself as a top conference for producing NFL talent.

Among the key ACC Players still left to be drafted are:

  • QBs: Jacoby Brissett, NC State
  • RBs: CJ Prosise, Notre Dame; Shaquille Powell, Duke; Shad Thornton, NC State
  • WRs/TEs: Tyler Boyd, Pitt
  • Offensive Line: Nick Martin, Notre Dame; Joe Thuney, NC State; Landon Turner, North Carolina
  • Defensive Line: Kevin Dodd, Clemson; Sheldon Day, Notre Dame; Ron Thompson, Syracuse
  • Linebackers: BJ Goodson, Clemson;
  • Secondary: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson; TJ Green, Clemson; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Jeremy Cash, Duke
  • Special Teams/Other: Roberto Aguayo (K), FSU;

It will be interesting to see if and when each of these players gets drafted.

 

ACC Basketball: League-wide Early-Entry Update

After a dominating March (other than the final game), the A.C.C. was one heck of a basketball conference in 2015-2016.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that so much talent inevitably leads to a departure of such high-skilled talent.  For a few, it is graduation.  For the underclassmen, however, it is the temptation of the NBA.  Here is the latest update on what ACC players are leaving:

      • Abdul Malik Abu 6-8 240 PF NC State So.
      • Anthony Barber 6-2 185 PG NC State Jr.
      • VJ Beachem 6-8 200 SF Notre Dame Jr.
      • Malik Beasley 6-5 195 SG Florida St. Fr.
      • Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Jr.
      • Brandon Ingram 6-9 195 SF Duke Fr.
      • Demetrius Jackson 6-1 194 PG Notre Dame Jr.
      • Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 245 C Louisville So.
      • Xavier Rathan Meyes 6-2 190 PG Florida St. So.

The sad part, of course, is that several of the players on this list are not even likely to be drafted at all.  One can only hope that it is worth it ultimately.  It is easy to criticize, but being able to get paid a living wage to play basketball is not the worst thing in the world either.

There are still a few players to keep an eye on.  Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson had deep March runs and could be drafted in the first round (albeit the latter half).  If you are fans of those schools, you might want to hold off on expectations for 2016-2017 that include them.

If you hear any news before we do, please do not hesitate to share here or on Twitter.

ACC Lottery Picks–1990s Quiz – By TheConfidential

ACC Lottery Picks–1990s Quiz – By TheConfidential.

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THE NBA DRAFT, ACC RECAP

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!

 

#
Team
Player
H
W
P
School
1
 Minnesota
Karl-Anthony Towns
7-0
250
C
Kentucky
2
 LA Lakers
D’Angelo Russell
6-4
195
PG/SG
Ohio State
3
 Philadelphia
Jahlil Okafor
6-11
270
C
Duke
4
 New York
Kristaps Porzingis
7-1
230
PF
Latvia
5
 Orlando
Mario Hezonja
6-8
215
SG/SF
Croatia
6
 Sacramento
Willie Cauley-St…
7-0
242
C
Kentucky
7
 Denver
Emmanuel Mudiay
6-5
200
PG
Congo
8
 Detroit
Stanley Johnson
6-6
242
SF
Arizona
9
 Charlotte
Frank Kaminsky
7-1
230
C
Wisconsin
10
 Miami
Justise Winslow
6-6
222
SG/SF
Duke
11
 Indiana
Myles Turner
6-11
240
C
Texas
12
 Utah
Trey Lyles
6-10
240
PF
Kentucky
13
 Phoenix
Devin Booker
6-6
205
SG
Kentucky
14
 Oklahoma Cty
Cameron Payne
6-2
185
PG
Murray St.
15
 Atlanta
Kelly Oubre
6-7
205
SF
Kansas
16
 Boston
Terry Rozier
6-2
190
PG
Louisville
17
 Milwaukee
Rashad Vaughn
6-5
200
SG
UNLV
18
 Houston
Sam Dekker
6-9
220
SF
Wisconsin
19
 Washington
Jerian Grant
6-4
200
PG
Notre Dame
20
 Toronto
Delon Wright
6-5
180
PG/SG
Utah
21
 Dallas
Justin Anderson
6-6
230
SG/SF
Virginia
22
 Chicago
Bobby Portis
6-11
245
PF
Arkansas
23
 Portland
Rondae Hollis-Je…
6-7
210
SF
Arizona
24
 Cleveland
Tyus Jones
6-1
185
PG
Duke
25
 Memphis
Jarell Martin
6-9
240
PF
LSU
26
 San Antonio
Nikola Milutinov
7-0
225
PF/C
Serbia
27
 LA Lakers
Larry Nance Jr.
6-9
230
PF
Wyoming
28
 Boston
RJ Hunter
6-6
185
SG
Georgia St.
29
 Brooklyn
Chris McCullough
6-9
200
PF
Syracuse
30
 Golden St.
Kevon Looney
6-9
222
PF
UCLA
31
 Minnesota
Cedi Osman
6-8
215
SF
Turkey
32
 Houston
Montrezl Harrell
6-8
255
PF
Louisville
33
 Boston
Jordan Mickey
6-8
240
PF
LSU
34
 LA Lakers
Anthony Brown
6-7
210
SG/SF
Stanford
35
 Philadelphia
Guillermo Hernan…
6-11
250
PF/C
Spain
36
 Minnesota
Rakeem Christmas
6-9
245
PF/C
Syracuse
37
 Philadelphia
Richaun Holmes
6-9
245
PF
Bowling Green
38
 Detroit
Darrun Hilliard
6-7
220
SG
Villanova
39
 Charlotte
Juan Vaulet
6-7
200
SG/SF
Argentina
40
 Miami
Josh Richardson
6-6
200
SG
Tennessee
41
 Brooklyn
Pat Connaughton
6-5
215
SG
Notre Dame
42
 Utah
Olivier Hanlan
6-4
185
PG/SG
Boston College
43
 Indiana
Joseph Young
6-2
185
PG/SG
Oregon
44
 Phoenix
Andrew Harrison
6-6
215
PG/SG
Kentucky
45
 Boston
Marcus Thornton WM
6-3
180
PG/SG
William & Mary
46
 Milwaukee
Norman Powell
6-4
215
SG
UCLA
47
 Philadelphia
Arturas Gudaitis
6-10
255
PF
Lithuania
48
 Oklahoma Cty
Dakari Johnson
7-0
260
C
Kentucky
49
 Washington
Aaron White
6-9
220
SF/PF
Iowa
50
 Atlanta
Marcus Eriksson
6-7
190
SG
Sweden
51
 Orlando
Tyler Harvey
6-4
180
SG
Eastern Washi…
52
 Dallas
Satnam Singh Bha…
7-2
290
C
India
53
 Cleveland
Sir’Dominic Poin…
6-6
190
SF
St. Johns
54
 Utah
Daniel Diez
6-8
220
SF/PF
Spain
55
 San Antonio
Cady Lalanne
6-9
240
C
Massachusetts
56
 New Orleans
Branden Dawson
6-7
230
SF/PF
Michigan St.
57
 Denver
Nikola Radicevic
6-5
200
PG/SG
Serbia
58
 Philadelphia
JP Tokoto
6-6
195
SG/SF
North Carolina
59
 Atlanta
Dimitrios Agrava…
6-10
235
PF
Greece
60
 Philadelphia
Luka Mitrovic
6-8
200
SF/PF
Serbia

Lindsay, Jones exit – MLB draft kind to Diamond Heels

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.

Louisville Headlines: May 26, 2014

In opening I would like to say thanks to all our vets on this Memorial Day.

With the academic year coming to a close the headlines are slowing down but there is still plenty to talk about. Here are a few of the top stories.

Academic; the NCAA recently released their annual Academic Progress Rate (APR). Once again the University of Louisville has excelled as 9 teams posted perfect scores. They are: mens basketball, football, mens tennis, mens and womens golf, womens lacrosse, softball, womens soccer and volleyball. They showed that student athletes can excel on the field & in the class room. Also mens basketball and womens golf are in the top 10% in their sport in the latest multi year APR which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation. They both posted perfect APR’s for the four year period from 2009-13. Overall over 100 student athletes recieved their degrees this spring, including Teddy Bridgewater who left early for the NFL draft.
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NFL Draft: ACC Schools

The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone.  Which ACC schools fared the best?

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Clemson North

“The Cleveland Browns have traded the fourth pick to the Buffalo Bills. With the fourth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, Clemson.”

The Bills gave up their 2015 first and fourth round draft picks for that trade, talk about a bold move. General Manager Doug Whaley told Sammy they were going to draft him and clearly, he meant it. The Bills had the 9th pick, but waiting their turn was not an option if they were going to get their number one choice. This trade was more than just getting Sammy Watkins; it was a statement to the NFL and Bills fans everywhere. The Bills are going to make it to the playoffs this season.  Or bust. Let’s hope it’s not the latter.

From a Clemson standpoint, I love this pick. I was fortunate enough to watch CJ Spiller run over defenses as a Clemson Tiger for one season before he was drafted 9th overall by the Bills in 2010. I watched Sammy Watkins glide his way through secondary defenses countless times on his way to the end zone in that Tiger uniform and I am thrilled to see Spiller and Watkins as teammates next season.

“Clemson North” is what they are calling it, as the Bills now have five former Clemson Tigers on their roster. Running back, CJ Spiller, offensive linemen, Chris Hairston and Antoine McClain, safety, Jonathan Meeks, and now wide receiver, Sammy Watkins.

Sammy Watkins is a player so outstanding that he makes others around him better. To get EJ Manuel healthy and prepped for the 2014 season, there is no doubt Sammy is going to shine. He is on his way to scoring touchdowns on Sundays and I can’t wait to watch. He has been compared to Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, but next fall Sammy Watkins will begin his professional legacy and players to come will be compared to him.

To all Bills fans out there, rejoice. Clemson Nation gives you Sammy Watkins and we only hope you grow to love him as much as we did (and still do).

The fun is not over for the Clemson faithful. Still left to be drafted are QB Tajh Boyd, WR Martavis Bryant, CB Brashad Breeland, and OL Brandon Thomas.

You can catch night two of the 2014 NFL Draft tonight on ESPN.

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