The ACC tournament has often been a place where a freshman can show just how far he has come over the course of the season. Last year in Greensboro, Miami's Durand Scott was among of the best players on the court, and there figure to be others coming of age this time around.
In addition to the freshman point guards at the four N.C. schools and well-known McDonald's All-Americans such as UNC's Harrison Barnes and N.C. State's C.J. Leslie, here are a few of the young players who may open some eyes this week:
The 6-foot-6 shooter is third on the Cavaliers in scoring at 10.6 points per game and banging in 3-pointers at a 42-percent clip. If this doesn't turn out to be a breakout ACC tournament for Harris, he could be among the league's top scorers next season.
F, Wake Forest
The brightest spot of an otherwise dim season in Winston-Salem, the 6-7 freshman from Richmond, Va., has been a reliable offensive option in the post for the Demon Deacons, recording six double-doubles and becoming the 10th ACC freshman to lead his team in scoring and rebounding.
With four 20-point games, Stoglin has emerged as an explosive scorer for the Terrapins. The last Maryland freshman to score like that was Joe Smith. Stoglin averaged 19.1 points per game over the final eight games of the regular season.
F, Florida State
Elderly junior-college transfers Bernard James (26) and Jon Kreft (24) have played bigger roles at times than the rail-thin White, particularly after Chris Singleton's injury, but four of White's nine double-figure games have come in the past month.