ACC schools in the ACC Sports Journal’s National Top 25
(These rankings reflect commitments as well as signees)
#2 – UNC
#4 – Duke
#6 – N.C. State
#14 – Wake Forest
#15 – Florida State
#16 – Maryland
#19 – Virginia
Virginia Tech did not make the Top 25, but Oettinger believes Tech would likely be Top 50, especially if transfer Allan Chaney is included.
“In the spring, we’ll probably do a Top 50 and an honorable mention,” he said. “If that happens, obviously some of the other ACC schools – likely including Virginia Tech – would be somewhere in there. Of course it depends on who signs later on, too. Right now, I’d project Virginia Tech among those ranked in the top 50.”
Oettinger answers more questions regarding Virginia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class. First, though, he reviews which players could contribute as freshmen in 2010/2011…
“Definitely the ones to watch are the most touted recruits. There is [wing forward] Harrison Barnes at North Carolina and [point guard] Kyrie Irving at Duke. Those guys will get every chance to step right in and play immediately on top teams. Beyond that, Wake Forest has a guy who is a terrific shooter. His name is J.T. Terrell. He is streaky, but when he is on he is terrific. He could be what the doctor ordered for them. At Virginia Tech, [guard] Tyrone Garland will get a chance to step in and play. The point guard N.C. State is bringing in is much better than anything they’ve got in the program now. His name is Ryan Harrow. Lorenzo Brown, a fifth year prep at Hargrave, is a wing guard and he and Harrow are in our national top 30. Whose to say James Johnson and K.T. Harrellwill not be important players at Virginia? They need a big guy and Johnson is a skilled big guy. I like one of Miami’s recruits. His name is Rion Brown and he is a terrific jump shooter. He is way under-recognized nationally. Maryland has some guys who could help them immediately on the perimeter in Terrence Ross and Mychal Parker. Besides Barnes, North Carolina is bringing in two guys who almost certainly will be McDonald’s guys in [guard] Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall, who is the best passing point guard in the country. I’d be surprised if...
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