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November 24, 2010

Duke, UNC gather more talent

MORE: Conference breakdown | No. 1 SEC | No. 2 Big East | VOTE: ACC's top class?

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Duke (3)
2. North Carolina (4)
3. Virginia Tech (18)
4. Florida State (20)
5. Virginia
6. Georgia Tech
7. N.C. State
8. Maryland
9. Clemson
10. Miami
11. Boston College
12. Wake Forest
Best by category
Best perimeter scorer: Austin Rivers, Duke
Best low post scorer: James McAdoo, North Carolina
Best passer: Quinn Cook, Duke
Best shooter: P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
Best rebounder: James McAdoo, North Carolina
Best shot blocker: James McAdoo, North Carolina
Best defender: Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech
Most versatile: Michael Gbinije, Duke
Best in the clutch: Austin Rivers, Duke
Best pro prospect: Austin Rivers, Duke
Best speed: Austin Rivers, Duke
Best motor: C.J. Barksdale, Virginia Tech
Impact player: Austin Rivers, Duke
Biggest sleeper: Robert Brown, Virginia Tech
Best at each position (top overall player in bold)
PG Quinn Cook, Duke
SG Austin Rivers, Duke
SF P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
PF Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech
C James McAdoo, North Carolina
Inside the Numbers
4 - Teams ranked in the top 30 nationally
21 - Rivals150 prospects coming to the ACC
3 - Five-star prospects coming to the ACC
14 - Four-star prospects coming to the ACC
4 - Three-star ranked prospects coming to the ACC
10 - Number of states represented by Rivals150 ACC recruits
7 - Recruits from Virginia coming to the ACC, the most of any state
As is typically the case, Duke and North Carolina stand above the rest of the ACC on the 2011 recruiting front. Ranked No. 3 nationally, Duke landed the No. 1 prospect in the country, Austin Rivers, to go with four-star prospects Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije and Marshall Plumlee. Right behind Duke at No. 4 is North Carolina with the five-star inside/outside tandem of James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston. Versatile forward Dorian Finney-Smith is the top prospect in Virginia Tech's nationally ranked class. Florida State also made the national rankings with a four-man class that includes three four-stars. Four-star prospects Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Joseph Uchebo (North Carolina State), Nick Faust (Maryland), Bernard Sullivan (Clemson) and Julian Royal (Georgia Tech) enter the conference next year as well.

Best recruiting battle

There really wasn't a major recruiting battle in the ACC, but the recruitment of Austin Rivers was the most intriguing. A long-time Florida commitment, Rivers was rumored to be involved with Duke for months before he eventually officially decommitted. Then North Carolina and Kansas jumped into the picture, but many analysts felt this was just posturing by Rivers to make it look like he didn't just decommit from Florida so he could go to Duke. In the end Rivers did choose Duke, and whether or not there was in fact even a recruiting battle at all is very much in question.

Top heavy

The top five prospects headed to the ACC are going to the traditional powers of the conference, Duke or North Carolina. And in the best by category section of this breakdown, the only other school besides Duke or North Carolina to have representatives is Virginia Tech.

Where is the point?

There is actually only one ranked point guard going to the ACC. Top 30 lead guard Quinn Cook is headed to Duke, but even Cook is known for his scoring ability. That is right in line with the recruiting trend of the ACC which is scoring perimeter players. Led by Rivers, fourteen prospects out of the Rivals150 who are known as scoring perimeter players are headed to the ACC.

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