A Gym Rat’s Notebook: A Look Ahead to the ACC, Part 2

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While the ACC returns the men’s NCAA defending champion
in North Carolina, that team will look quite a bit different, as well as much
younger than the edition that head coach Roy Williams guided this past season.

But, the ‘Heels aren’t the only team in North Carolina
that will see substantial turnover in their roster, as Wake Forest loses several
key components as well, while Durham’s finest is bringing in perhaps the best
recruiting class in the conference while only losing one vital member from last
year’s team.

We will continue our look ahead at how the ACC is shaping
up for the 2005-06 season at this juncture, with a look at those schools listed
above, along with Virginia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina State.

In addition, it has been learned very recently that one of
the players thought to be moving on via transfer, mentioned last week in part
one, instead appears to be returning to his school of origin. Others have since
announced plans to transfer, further disrupting programs.

After publicly announcing his intent to transfer earlier
in the spring, and meeting with the coaching staff of South Carolina, where his
father played his college basketball, 6-1guard Zam Fredrick has had a
change-of-heart and appears likely to return for his sophomore season at Georgia
Tech next year.

Boston College is eagerly counting down the days until
their first ACC game and will have to do so without guard Steve Hailey and
frontcourt player Gordon Watt, both of whom have decided to move onto other

What we know: The conference has the defending NCAA
champion, there will be one more team than the conference had last year, the
play will be as competitive as ever, and some teams will take on a drastically
different look than witnessed last season. All in all, just another typical ACC
season that already has fans counting down the days until October