College basketball returns in just under 50 days, so it’s time to take a look at some Atlantic Coast Conference players to keep an eye on before the season tips off in November.
UNC, Duke and NC State open the 2023-24 season with home games on Nov. 6. The nonconference schedule is set for the Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Wolfpack. The ACC will fill in the gaps with the announcement of the league slate on Sept. 26.
Miami and Virginia shared the ACC regular-season title last season before Duke won the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. Here are some of the league’s top players entering the new season.
Zack Austin, Pitt
The High Point transfer averaged 14.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks last season as an All-Big South performer. Austin is only player in the NCAA to register 60 or more 3-pointers and 60 or more blocks in each of the past two seasons.
Amaree Abram, Georgia Tech
The Ole Miss transfer averaged 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a freshman. He shot a team-high 36.4% from 3-point range.
Armando Bacot, UNC
The All-American big man is UNC’s all-time leader in rebounds and double-doubles. Bacot averaged 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds last season, shooting a team-best 55.4% from the floor.
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Reece Beekman, Virginia
The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Beekman is one of the top all-around players in the nation. He shot 35.1% from 3-point range, led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.36) and finished second in steals (57).
Carey Booth, Notre Dame
Micah Shrewsberry’s prized recruit ahead of his debut season with the Irish, Booth arrives as a 6-foot-10 freshman and top-50 recruit in his class.
DJ Burns, NC State
The grad student became a fan favorite in his first…
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Publish date : 2023-09-19 08:06:10
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