Tudor: If Leslie returns, next season looking good for Wolfpack

April 8, 2012 

There are moving parts all over the college basketball board, but most of the ACC spring mysteries have been removed.

And since N.C. State sophomore forward C.J. Leslie hasn’t yet declared for the NBA draft, the league’s 2012-13 outlook is beginning to come into focus.

Here’s what we can look forward to seeing beginning in early November, assuming Leslie returns for his junior season:

All-ACC: Terrell Stoglin (Maryland), C.J. Leslie (N.C. State), Lorenzo Brown (N.C. State), Michael Snaer (Florida State), Erick Green (Virginia Tech).

All-ACC 2nd team: C.J. Harris (Wake Forest), Reggie Bullock (North Carolina), James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina), Richard Howell (N.C. State), Kenny Kadji (Miami).

ACC Player of Year: C.J. Leslie (N.C. State).

National player of the year: Cody Zeller (Indiana).

Conference ratings: 1. Big Ten, 2. SEC, 3. ACC, 4. Big 12, 5. Big East.

National Top 5: 1. Indiana, 2. Florida, 3. Baylor, 4. Louisville, 5. Arizona.

ACC Top 5: 1. N.C. State, 2. Duke, 3. Florida State, 4. North Carolina, 5. Maryland.

Pressurized ACC coaches: Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg and Wake Forest’s Jeff Bzdelik .

Pressurized Pac-12 coaches: UCLA’s Ben Howland and Arizona State’s Herb Sendek.

Pressurized Big East coaches: DePaul’s Oliver Purnell and Rutgers’ Mike Rice.

Pressurized Big Ten coaches: Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Iowa’s Fran McCaffery.

Pressurized SEC coaches: Louisiana State’s Trent Johnson (reportedly being pursued by Texas Christian) and Georgia’s Mark Fox.

2013 ACC tournament: Greensboro Coliseum, March 14-17.

Sports dream vacation:

2013 Final Four: Atlanta Georgia Dome, April 6 & 8.

2013 Masters: April 11-14, Augusta, Ga.

Four bracket busters: Butler (again), San Diego State, Dayton, St. Mary’s (Calif.)

Five ACC X-factor players: Durand Scott (Miami guard), Quinn Cook (Duke guard), Desmond Hubert (North Carolina forward), Alex Len (Maryland forward), Ryan Kelly (Duke forward).

Circle the date: Nov. 6, 2012, Preseason NIT openers and – oh yes – presidential election.

ACC top rookie: Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke guard).

National top rookie: Shabazz Muhammad (unsigned forward).

Big ACC question: Can N.C. State deal with the pressure of playing amid high expectations? It’s new territory for these players, especially freshmen Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren and Tyler Lewis.

Big national question: Will Kentucky coach John Calipari actually stay aboard once the NBA money starts flying? And if so, can he continue to make talented freshmen outplay talented veterans?

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