A Gym Rat’s Notebook: A Look Ahead to the ACC, Part 1

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With the ACC adding Boston College next year, thus going to twelve teams for
the 2005-06 men’s basketball season, it might be an opportune time to look at
the conference and how it shapes up next year after the graduations, additions,
defections and early NBA draft entries.

With the conference capping the first post-expansion season of play with a
National Champion crowned just down the road from Durham in Chapel Hill, the
early look on a Tar Heel repeat is problematic at best. The Heels suffered
significant losses to the NBA with the early entry filings of several players,
and assuming everyone moves on to the dollars that the NBA offers, North
Carolina will have to replace a large portion of the team that was so successful
with another group of very talented players, albeit much less experienced.

That will start a wild fray to see who emerges as the top dog next year, and
we will look at the personnel of each program over the next two columns,
starting this week with a look at the non-Tobacco road and Virginia teams:
new-entrant Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and
Miami.



BOSTON COLLEGE (13-3, 25-5) Tie for 1
st in Big East

Losses:

  • C Nate Doornekamp (5.3 pts,4.8 reb)
  • G Jermaine Watson (9.6 pts,3.3 reb)

Returnees:

  • 6-0 Jr G Steve Hailey (3.4 pts, 1.9 reb)
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