After what was considered a “down” regular season for ACC Basketball, the few teams that did make the NCAA Tournament brought back some respect. Miami made a run to the Elite 8 as a double-digit seed, Duke made the Final Four and North Carolina made the national title game before falling to Kansas.
Overall though, the ACC has plenty of work to do this offseason to get the conference back in the mix as the best in college basketball. Programs such as Duke and North Carolina will keep them strong at the top but what the league does in the middle and bottom is what’s important.
So who has done well at this point in the offseason? Here’s a current power ranking of the ACC.
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Jackets finished second to last in the ACC last season and took a major step back after making the NCAA Tournament in the year prior. And there’s a chance that they could fall back even further after losing both Michael Devoe and Jordan Usher, the only players that scored more than 8.0 ppg this past season.
The team did land a pair of transfers in Lance Terry (14.3 ppg at Gardner-Webb) and Javon Franklin (12.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg) and Georgia Tech will need them to replicate those numbers to have any hope of moving up the ACC ladder.
And even if returning guards Kyle Sturdivant, Deebo Coleman, and Deivon Smith all increase their production, the frontcourt still remains a large weakness, with just Rodney Howard and Jordan Meka getting minutes at the five-spot. They’ll need a star or two to emerge overall and that still may not be enough to move up.