A few predictions from Luke DeCock.
Devon Bookert, Florida State
Shaquille Cleare, Maryland
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Rodney Purvis, N.C. State
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
Rookie of Year
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
Sulaimon is capable of replacing the scoring lost with Austin Rivers early exit to the NBA, and hes a better fit with Dukes philosophy to boot.
3 impact freshen outside N.C.
1. Shaquille Cleare, Maryland The other Shaq comes from the Bahamas and is Marylands most highly regarded forward recruit in years -- and the ACCs top-rated recruit who isnt going to Duke, North Carolina or N.C. State.
2. Devon Bookert, Florida State From Alaska to Tallahassee, with a stop in prep school in the middle, Bookert is a top-quality point guard who should play extensively for the Seminoles.
3. Mike Tobey, Virginia Someone has to replace Mike Scott for the Cavaliers. This 6-11 center from New York state has the best shot of anyone.
3 breakthrough sophomores
1. P.J. Hairston, North Carolina Despite a much-publicized shooting slump, Hairston posted good numbers in limited playing time and has the potential to be an explosive scorer with more opportunities this season.
2. Quinn Cook, Duke Never healthy as a freshman, Cook struggled at times and never showed his true ability. With a clean bill of health, he should give the Blue Devils the point-guard play they lacked last season.
3. Patrick Heckmann, Boston College Mononucleosis wiped out a big chunk of the German shooters season, but he should be able to step in and replace the departed Matt Humphreys scoring.
3 players on rebound
1. Leslie McDonald, North Carolina Missed all of last season with a knee injury, and the poor-shooting Tar Heels desperately missed his long-range ability.
2. PeShon Howard, Maryland Between a broken foot to start the season and a torn ACL to end it, played only 14 games.
3. Terrance Shannon, Florida State Dislocated his shoulder in the eighth game of the season. Will fill void inside left by Bernard James departure.
3 sharpest shooters
1. Scott Wood, N.C. State To date largely a spot-up shooter, has worked in offseason on developing new ways to get open.
2. Reggie Bullock, North Carolina So tough to defend with his length (6-foot-7) and quickness. Will get more looks this year.
3. Michael Snaer, Florida State Just as dangerous with the jump shot as he is putting it on the floor. Clutch.
-- Luke DeCock