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ACC Basketball: Louisville, Wake Forest rise in updated way-too-early ranking for 2024-25

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15. Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech’s talented offense was good enough to finish in the middle of ACC Basketball last season, while center Lynn Kidd was a breakout player on the team. He, Hunter Cattoor, and Sean Pedulla are all gone, along with starters MJ Collins and Robbie Beran.

The only rotation player from last season back is Mylyjael Poteat, a backup big man who averaged 6.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 14 mpg. He originally entered the transfer portal himself but opted to return, likely to be the next starting center next year. Joining him in the frontcourt is a stretch forward Ben Burnham and VCU forward Toibu Lawal, an athletic defensive forward.

The hope for the Hokies is the backcourt, which would’ve been better had former UTSA leading scorer Jordan Ivy-Curry remained but he de-committed and went to UCF instead. But Hysier Miller (15.9 ppg and 4.0 apg) is still around, a transfer from Temple who’ll be the lead guard.

For VT to have any chance of competing in the ACC, they’ll need transfer guards Rodney Brown Jr. and Jaden Schutt to be breakout players. Otherwise, the lack of overall depth will be a major problem for them next season. Of the teams in the ACC from last season, the Hokies are most likely to fall down the standings in a big way.