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Blue Devils lead the way in ACC team recruiting rankings

The ACC basketball recruiting picture became clearer with the completion of the fall signing period last month, meaning it’s time to rank the league’s 15 classes.

There will be changes following the longer spring national signing period, although a majority (but not all!) of the very best class of 2017 prospects have already signed national letters of intent.

Duke, North Carolina, Miami and Pitt have so far secured the best classes in the conference, but several more ACC members have also recruited effectively and impressively. Included in that category are Louisville, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson. To a lesser extent Wake forest, Notre Dame and Syracuse, in particular, have fulfilled vital needs.

 

1. DUKE

Recruits: 6-10 GA C/BF Wendell Carter Jr., 6-5 CA/MN WG Gary Trent Jr. and 6-6 GA WF/WG Alex O’Connell

At the least, low-post beast Carter (who weighs 265 pounds and must avoid getting too heavy to remain mobile) is a top-10 caliber prospect. Deluxe scorer Trent ranks among the best 15 seniors, despite some uneven play thus far this season. Both are almost surefire McDonald’s All-Americans, while O’Connell (though not as athletic as most of the Blue Devils) is another dead-eye three-point shooter if given room. Once again, Duke has a national top-five fall recruiting crop, and it could land an elite point guard (such as Oklahoman Trae Young, Carter’s good friend) in the spring.

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