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ACC Basketball: 5 storylines to watch as 2023-24 league play gets going

ACC basketball has already gotten its conference schedule underway and it's shown that this season is going to be as competitive as ever with top teams already taking losses. Take a look at five early storylines to watch heading into 2024.

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Who will win ACC Player of the Year?

A quick look at three early favorites to win the ACC Player of the Year award. The odds are always likely to change but these three are the early names to know.

RJ Davis - UNC Tar Heels

Davis is a big reason for the Tar Heels' 9-3 start. He's producing 21.6 points, 3.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 steals per game on career-high shooting splits of 44.2 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from behind the arc. He dished out 10 assists in their 105-60 victory over Charleston Southern to close out non-conference play. He'll need his playmaking and scoring to carry over into conference play as all eyes will be on UNC to win the ACC.

PJ Hall - Clemson Tigers

Hall is having himself a career season in posting a career-high 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game as Clemson is off to an 11-1 start, a two-point loss on the road to Memphis. They closed out their final two games of the non-conference slate with victories over Queens (NC) and Radford with Hall posting 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per contest across both games. He's an inside-out threat who continues to get better as the season progresses.

Judah Mintz - Syracuse Orange

Mintz ranks fourth in the ACC currently in scoring (19.2 points per game) and ranks first in steals per game (2.2) and remains a playmaking presence as he's averaging 3.8 assists per game on 38.5 percent shooting from deep and 45.7 percent from the field.

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He's had a lot to prove as he looks to improve his NBA Draft stock and has the Orange off to a 10-3 start and 1-1 in conference action. He finished with 12 points, five assists and three steals in their 81-73 victory over the Panthers this past Saturday.