Saturday, April 11, 2009

NBA Draft: Who's going from the ACC

Miami's Dwayne Collins added his name to the list of candidates who will test the NBA Draft waters. Collins will go through the process without hiring an agent — just as Wake Forest's Jeff Teague announced earlier this week.

The ACC will look different in 2009-10, although the 1-2 finish by some combination of UNC and Duke is unlikely to change.

Early entrants have until June 15 to withdraw from the draft, which is June 25.

Here are the candidates in four groups (it would be stunning if Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington didn't migrate to the "going" category but this list is based on published reports of what we know):

James Johnson, Wake Forest
Brandon Costner, N.C. State

Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
Dwayne Collins, Miami
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
Ed Davis, UNC
Trevor Booker, Clemson
Solomon Alabi, Florida State

Ty Lawson, UNC
Wayne Ellington, UNC
Gerald Henderson, Duke
Kyle Singler, Duke
Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech

-- J.P. Giglio


Anonymous said...

Singler said, unequivocally, he is returning next year.

Anonymous said...

Check your facts, Giglio. As giddy as it would make you if he left, Singler's is staying.

Drew said...

"the 1-2 finish of UNC and Duke is unlikely to change" ???
Check it. Wake Forest finished second in the ACC this past season ahead of Duke based on tie-breakers.

TRMojowammy said...

Drew, Duke and Wake had the same record in the ACC and split during the regular season. They tied for second place, but since someone has to be a 2 seed in the tourney, Wake was given that slot based on tie-breakers. That doesn't make Duke the 3rd place team in the ACC. Just as if 2 teams had tied for the best record, one team would not have been 1st and the other 2nd overall. They would have tied for first. Wake only got 2nd for seeding purposes. Also, as I recall Wake lost that first game to the 7 seed, while Duke won 3 straight and the ACC Championship for a record 17th time and 8 of ther last 11.

MichaelProcton said...

Further, Drew, he didn't say the finish from this year won't change. He means the projected finish of the two next year won't. Your boys from wake will probably scrap hard for another first-round flameout, though.

Anonymous said...

Hey Drew, who ended up hoisting the ACC Championship trophy this year? Besides, Wake's an NIT team next year.

Anonymous said...

Too funny watching some Duke and Wake fans fight over the meaningless ACC tournament trophy. Meanwhile, in Chapel Hill, the trophy for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONS is put into the case, along with the other ones. Maybe Duke will bring back Josh McRoberts. If they have another off year though, Coach K may have to have another "bad back" and take a year off to spend in the psych ward room in his house.

CBW said...

The ACC Tournament trophy is far from "meaningless." You can make a legitimate argument against it, but the fact of the matter is that the ACC's official champion is (as it always has been) the winner of the conference tournament. Period. Consequently, it is all of those "Regular Season Champion" banners in the Smith Center that are meaningless.

Anonymous said...

Conference champs Duke are losing nobody of significance next year. All 5 starters back.

Anonymous said...

which is ok because they had nobody of any significance this year.

Anonymous said...

Cute, Apr 14th. Hope you don't cry when Lawson, Hans, and Ellington get drafted late (and don't even sniff the lottery.)

As for Green, there's always the undrafted free agent route (or Europe).