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.
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