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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. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #30 James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina

3 Nov

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 30 – James Michael McAdoo, PF, Fr., North Carolina

I know, I know, I know. He’s not going to be playing a lot this year. I know you’ve said something to debate this selection already. I get that.

But let’s not debate the fact that McAdoo is one of the premiere big men in college basketball right now. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #37 Reggie Johnson, C, Miami

31 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 37 – Reggie Johnson, C, Jr., Miami

To understand why Johnson is so high on this list, you have to understand where he was just five years ago. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #38 C.J. Leslie, PF, N.C. State

30 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 38 – C.J. Leslie, PF, Soph., North Carolina State

Mark Gottfried has always had great production from his big men. He knows how to coach them and use them in his system. That being said, Leslie is in good position to have a monster season. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #39 Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina

30 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 39 – Kendall Marshall, PG, Soph., North Carolina

I’m going to guess there won’t be a happier point guard in America this year than that of Marshall. Harrison Barnes to the left. John Henson to the right. Tyler Zeller in the middle. The game is played at 100 miles an hour. The spotlight will always shine on Chapel Hill. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #42 Mike Scott, PF, Virginia

28 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 42 – Mike Scott, PF, Sr., Virginia

When you get outside of North Carolina and Duke, the rest of the ACC seems to be a roll of the dice on how the league will finish out. Some are picking Virginia as high as number three and one of the reasons why is the return of forward Mike Scott. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #51 Malcolm Grant, PG, Miami

20 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 51 – Malcolm Grant, PG, Sr., Miami

Grant is the ironman. He rarely stepped off the floor for the Canes last year for good reason. He’s one of the best players in the country that rarely gets talked about. How’s that for a reason? Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #52 Durand Scott, SG, Miami

20 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 52 – Durand Scott, SG, Jr., Miami

The Hurricanes are a popular sleeper pick coming out of the ACC in large part because the bulk of those that matter are back. Scott is one of them. The New York tough guyis the glue for a team that should be better than a sleeper this season. Continue reading

ACC Media Day: They Said It

19 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Media Day is a combination of awesome and palm-to-forehead foolery. Today was Media Day for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Coach K, Roy Williams and the host of new coaches in the league rolled into Greensboro to answer the tough questions.

Wait, tough questions? Forget it. How about questions that generate good quotables? Yeah, that’s better.

My man Jim Young, a distant cousin I’m sure, was posted up at Media Day and checked in with some great quotes from the players and coaches. Continue reading

Fist pump and run

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The Mark Turgeon era at Maryland officially started on Friday night with, what else, a Gary Williams appearance.

Hey, why not?

The locals that cover the team didn’t know Williams was going to be there. Few new, judging by the sound of the ovation Williams received. The long-time Terp coach gave a fist pump and talked about how strange he felt not coaching this time of year for the first time in 43 years. Continue reading