An early glimpse of stars

McDonald's game has 9 ACC recruits

Staff WriterApril 1, 2009 

Nine new McDonald's All-Americans will enter the ACC next season.

You can do your own scouting during today's broadcast (8 p.m., ESPN) of the prep all-star game from Coral Gables, Fla.

UNC's recruits dominate the rosters with four future freshmen. Duke is represented by two recruits from the state of North Carolina, and Clemson, for the first time in 18 years, has a Big Mac in forward Milton Jennings.

The nine ACC players in tonight's game:

EAST

DERRICK FAVORS

COLLEGE: Georgia Tech

FROM: Atlanta

POS: F HT: 6-9 WT: 235

No pressure on the gifted power forward; he just has to lift Georgia Tech from the ACC basement and save coach Paul Hewitt's job.

MILTON JENNINGS

COLLEGE: Clemson

FROM: Cottageville, S.C.

POS: F HT: 6-9 WT: 215

Clemson's first Big Mac since Sharone Wright (1991) should fit right into the top of Oliver Purnell's press and complement Tigers power forward Trevor Booker.

RYAN KELLY

COLLEGE: Duke

FROM: Raleigh

POS: F HT: 6-10 WT: 217

Tall and skinny, the Ravenscroft forward plays more in the mold of current Duke forward Kyle Singler than as a true post presence.

DEXTER STRICKLAND

COLLEGE: UNC

FROM: Rahway, N.J.

POS: G HT: 6-3 WT: 180

If Wayne Ellington leaves for the NBA, Strickland likely would be UNC's starting shooting guard. Like Ellington, Strickland is regarded as an excellent 3-point shooter.

WEST

JOHN HENSON

COLLEGE: UNC

FROM: Tampa, Fla.

POS: F HT: 6-10 WT: 200

The top power forward in the 2009 class, Henson's strength is his ability to run the floor. With Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis, Henson gives the Heels plenty of options to replace the departing Tyler Hansbrough.

MASON PLUMLEE

COLLEGE: Duke

FROM: Arden, N.C.

POS: F HT: 6-11 WT: 220

Plumlee possess the size to immediately upgrade Duke's interior next season. Like a lot of Duke's forwards, he can also score while facing the basket.

MICHAEL SNAER

COLLEGE: Florida State

FROM: Moreno Valley, Calif.

POS: G HT: 6-5 WT: 200

With Derwin Kitchen sliding over to the point guard, it likely will be Snaer, who averaged 28.1 points per game, to replace All-ACC guard Toney Douglas in FSU's starting lineup.

DAVID WEAR

COLLEGE: UNC

FROM: Huntington Beach, Calif.

POS: F HT: 6-10 WT: 225

TRAVIS WEAR

COLLEGE: UNC

FROM: Huntington Beach, Calif.

POS: F HT: 6-10 WT: 230

The Wear twins can both shoot the ball and run the floor. They are the latest in a long line of prospects Roy Williams has mined from the state of California.

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