Hi, my name is…ACC edition

3 Nov

Virginia's K.T. Harrell could be an emerging star in the ACC this season. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The ACC has stars at the top of the league and two of the best programs in the nation in Duke and Carolina. We knew that. What about the guys we don’t know much about? Here are five players in the conference that you should keep your eyes on.

Garrius Adams, SG, Miami – The Hurricanes are an interesting team in the ACC and could be the third best team in the league this year. A bulk of the team is back and players like Adams are back and even better than last year. He was a good role player for the Canes last season. He started 15 straight games in league play and played the point on occasion. Every good tournament team needs a guy like Adams. Miami has him. That could be the difference between packing up early or packing for the second weekend of the Big Dance.

KT Harrell, SG, Virginia – Harrell was a nice surprise for the Cavaliers last year as a freshman, starting half of the games for Tony Bennett. He proved himself as a scorer and a shooter. This year he could post 15 points a game and lead the team in scoring. Harrell has always been a scorer. He’s wired the right way to get buckets. Virginia’s strength is in it’s backcourt. Because of that, the Alabama native could be making the jump up to the next level of production.

Alex Johnson, PG, NC State – With Ryan Harrow gone to Kentucky and Lorenzo Brown at the point experiment in full force, there hasn’t been a lot of talk of the insurance policy that Johnson is for N.C. State. He posted 13.3 points and 2.4 assists a game last year as a redshirt junior at Cal State Bakersfield. Johnson, a 5-foot-11 guard, loves the three ball, too. If Brown doesn’t pan out at the point, Johnson is the go-to guy right away. Having a fifth-year point guard doesn’t hurt as a fall back plan.

Daniel Miller, C, Georgia Tech – The cupboards are bare in The Flats these days after a steady stream of NBA players that have rolled through the Yellow Jacket program. Miller, a 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore, is the top big man in the program so far this preseason, according to the Tech coaches. The team was on the bottom half of rebounding and scoring. Miller posted 4.4 point and 5 rebounds a game last year. He’ll need to post 12 points and eight rebounds a contest if the Jackets want to have any sort of balance inside. The opportunity to play 35 minutes a game is there.

Cadarian Raines, C, Virginia Tech – With the loss of Jeff Allen and his near 10 rebounds a game and the season-ending injury to J.T. Thompson this week, the thin frontline of the Hokie attack became even thinner. Raines suffered a season-ending injury last year and he’s welcomed back with a likely starting role and a need for instant production. He had a good showing in the summer when Virginia Tech went to Canada. Raines is a 12-point, 8-rebound kind of guy. If he can achieve that kind of production, that’s a good thing for the unlucky Hokies.

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