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Basketball recruiting rankings: Rating ACC freshmen and 2017 prospects

Now that the college and high school seasons are over, it’s time to identify the ACC freshmen who have proved to be the most productive on the court. In addition, we’ll dive into the current prep seniors who project as the most promising ACC prospects.

Starting with the 2016-17 college frosh, there have been some disappointments within the ACC (often due to injury); Duke’s Harry Giles is a prime example. However, a couple of freshmen surprised the ACC (Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie, Boston College’s Kyran Bowman).

Thus, while Jayson Tatum (Duke), Jonathan Isaac (Florida State), Bruce Brown (Miami), Dennis Smith Jr. (NC State) and projected as stars, Giles struggled through a knee injury. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native was unable to contribute nearly as much as a result. On the other hand, who could have predicted that unheralded Okogie and Bowman would shine the way they did?

Turning briefly to the 2017 class, which individuals project as immediate stars, and who could be the biggest surprises? These questions can be answered more accurately at the end of the spring signing period (May 17). Our tentative rankings of ACC freshmen and present high school seniors are both listed below.

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