Busting Brackets

ACC Basketball: Way-too-early power rankings for 2024-25 season

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14. Virginia Tech Hokies 

2023-24 season record: 19-15 (10-10 ACC)

Florida State isn’t the only team that’s suffered all five starters leaving, as the Hokies had a roster exodus as well. The backcourt duo of Sean Pedulla and Hunter Cattoor is gone, with Pedulla recently committing to Ole Miss. Lynn Kidd, Tyler Nickel, and MJ Collins have left too.

So did backup big man Mylyjael Poteat, before he opted to come back. Joining the frontcourt depth is Ben Burnham, a 6’7 forward from Charleston, coming off a career-high 11.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 22 mpg. Patrick Wessler and three-star forward commit Ryan Jones Jr. are also on board.

The backcourt is where Virginia Tech has some hope. Jordan Ivy-Curry is a 6’2 guard from UTSA, who led them with 17.1 ppg and 3.0 apg in 27 mpg off the bench. He shot 39% from three-point range and went for 38 points against FAU. 6’1 guard Hysier Miller comes over from Temple, averaging 15.9 ppg and 4.0 apg.

If those two can produce similar averages at the ACC level, the Hokies won’t take much of a step back. Cal transfer Rodney Brown Jr. gives them needed depth on the wing but is unproven after limited minutes as a freshman. There’s plenty of work for Coach Mike Young to do.