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How will the ACC’s “Super Seniors” shape the 2021 offseason?

An unprecedented offseason will hit college basketball for the second time in the last two years. With the NCAA granting every player a “free year” of eligibility due to COVID-19, nationwide roster turnover is about to spike.

Obviously, there are the NBA prospects that must decide what to do with the draft. Certainly, there are also players that will use the extra year to shop around and possibly transfer to another program, including guys who have already used up 4-5 years of eligibility.

However, this current landscape also creates another tier of players: those who could return to their schools, transfer elsewhere or go pro. These are players that aren’t on NBA radar, though. Their decisions to play professional will focus on other opportunities — both international and domestic.

Here, we’ll track which of these ACC Super Seniors plan to go pro, return to their current team or transfer to another program.

 

Going Pro

Boston College

  • Steffon Mitchell, Power Forward
    • Versatile 6-foot-8 defender, averaged 1.8 steal and 1.3 blocks per 40 minutes (career)

Miami

  • Chris Lykes, Guard
    • Played only 2 games in the 2020-21 season, but was a dynamic player his first three seasons with the Hurricanes: 1,256 career points (13.7 points per game, 165 3-pointers)

 

Wake Forest

  • Ian DuBose, Guard
    • 10 starts; averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals
    • Transferred to Wake Forest last March from Houston Baptist

 

Returning

Georgia Tech

  • Bubba Parham, Combo guard
    • Career: 174 3-pointers in 118 games across four combined seasons with VMI and Georgia Tech

 

Miami

  • Sam Waardenburg, Power forward

 

Transferring Out

Boston College

  • Rich Kelly, Point guard
    • 2020-21: 7 starts, 37.2 3P%
    • Transferred to BC from Quinnipiac last March

Miami

  • Elijah Olaniyi, Forward
    • 18 starts in the 2020-21 season

 

Pittsburgh

  • Terrell Brown, Center
    • Headed to San Diego

 

Wake Forest

  • Jalen Johnson, Wing
    • 2020-21 season: 5 starts, 21 3-pointers