Daily Dribble: Top 25 Players in the ACC

October 10th, 2007

This is the first of a new series ranking the Top 25 players from the Major Conferences. After the BCS conferences are through, I'll be moving on to the Top 10 from the 2nd tier leagues.

Up first is the ACC, which is loaded with talent. I've already finished the Big Ten ranking and the disparity between these two leagues is pretty amazing.

Feel free to disagree with my selections.. there's certainly many different ways this ranking could go.

- ACC Top 25 Players -

1. Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC - Maybe not the best, but the most valuable player in college basketball

2. Sean Singletary, PG, Virginia - Scoring machine is a member of CHN's 1st Team All-America

3. Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College - Ready to burst onto the national media scene

4. Ty Lawson, PG, UNC - Speedy point guard will only get better in second go-around

5. Brandon Costner, PF, NC State - This do-everything forward can shoot and pass

6. James Gist, PF, Maryland - Senior is on the verge of becoming a monster
7. Gavin Grant, SF, NC State - Versatile guard can even handle the point
8. Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC - Natural talent should boost scoring average to at least 15+
9. James Mays, PF, Clemson - Gives Clemson a rock solid presence in the paint
10. KC Rivers, SG, Clemson - Ready to contend for All-ACC honors
11. Toney Douglas, PG, FSU - Noles collapsed without Douglas in the lineup
12. Ben McCauley, PF, NC State - Can't argue with 14, 7, and 3 per game
13. DeMarcus Nelson, SG, Duke - Senior veteran always comes to play
14. Greg Paulus, PG, Duke - Found scoring touch in the last year's second half
15. Anthony King, C, Miami - Will contend for rebounding title after returning from injury
16. Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland - Sophomore guard gives Maryland dynamic presence
17. Deron Washington, SF, Virginia Tech - Becoming more than just an exciting finisher
18. Deon Thompson, PF, UNC - With Wright in the NBA, its Thompson's turn to score down low
19. Kyle Singler, SF, Duke - Freshman should step right in and average at least double-digits
20. Jon Scheyer, SG, Duke - By next year, long-range shooter could jump 10 spots on this list
21. Cliff Hammonds, G, Clemson - Solid senior can play both guard positions
22. Tyrelle Blair, C, Boston College - Makes list because of shot-blocking presence
23. Ishmael Smith, PG, Wake Forest - Assists are nice, but needs to improve all-around game
24. Trevor Booker, C, Clemson - Surprising soph must show more consistency and polish
25. Jack McClinton, SG, Miami - Can score, and score in bunches

Next in Line
Lewis Clinch, SG, Georgia Tech - Scoring wing could easily move onto top 25
JJ Hickson, F, NC State - Freshman gives State a powerful presence down low
Jeremis Smith, F, Georgia Tech - Consistent veteran will have to fight for minutes
Demontez Stitt, G, Clemson - His PG skills could put Clemson over the top
Isaiah Swann, G, FSU - Explosive wing still should be better