State of the Program, Part Five: Tech vs. the ACC

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This is our third and final part of recruiting coverage in the State of the
Program series. Today we’ll take a closer look at all of the ACC schools and see
what they have to offer from a tradition and facilities standpoint.

Let’s get right into it, in alphabetical order.


Boston College

Tradition: Boston College has a good basketball tradition, with 18 NCAA
tournament appearances. That ranks sixth in the ACC. The Eagles have had some
very recognizable players, such as Troy Bell, Dana Barros and Jared Dudley.
However, they have never made a Final Four.

Facilities: BC plays in the Conte Forum (8,606 capacity), which was
opened in 1988. The arena was built next to Alumni Stadium, and some luxury
suites actually overlook both the football field and the basketball arena floor.
That’s an interesting and unique concept. With recent renovations, this is a
modern basketball facility.

Overall: Boston College is located in a big city, they have solid
basketball tradition and a solid arena. However, on paper, they are one of the
worst recruiting teams in the ACC. We should really throw BC out of the window
when discussing recruiting. Al Skinner apparently doesn’t feel the need to go
after highly-touted prospects by wading through handlers, AAU coaches, etc. He
recruits guys you’ve never heard of, like Troy Bell, Jared Dudley and Craig
Smith, and they develop into very good players in his tight flex offense. BC
could probably recruit a lot better if they tried.


Clemson

Tradition: Clemson doesn’t have much basketball tradition. They have just
nine NCAA tournament appearances, which ranks 10th in the ACC. They have
traditionally been the whipping boy of the conference, though they have enjoyed
success in spots under Bill Foster, Rick Barnes and Oliver Purnell.

Facilities: Clemson plays in Littlejohn Coliseum (10,325), which was
opened in 1968.

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