Report Card: Breaking down the early signings in the ACC
The early signing period is wrapping up with the majority of big names off the board or waiting until the spring. Here is a report card for the ACC on how it fared during the early signing period.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Headlined by the nation’s top-ranked player R.J. Barrett, Duke has not only the best class in the ACC but once again the best class in the country. Joining Barrett are the nation’s highest ranked small forward Cameron Reddish (No. 4 overall) and the nation’s highest ranked point guard Tre Jones (No. 7 overall).
BIGGEST SURPRISE IN A GOOD WAY
It’s not a complete surprise that Kevin Keatts is having success on the recruiting trail at NC State, but it’s a little bit of a surprise he put together such a good class in his first year. Immanuel Bates is one of the most improved players in the country over the past year, and still has so much room to grow. Saddiq Bey could be an All-ACC candidate as an upperclassman. The Wolfpack are in good hands going forward.
BIGGEST SURPRISE IN A NOT-SO-GOOD WAY
The FBI investigation completely gutted Louisville’s highly ranked class, and it also probably kept Miami from signing any of their top targets early. That’s easily the biggest storyline during the early signing period in the ACC.
All eyes turn to the Zion Williamson chase in the ACC. Clemson, Duke and North Carolina are all in the mix for the No. 2 player in the 2018 class. Clemson has never won a battle like this under Brad Brownell, but Williamson would be a program-changer for him. Duke and North Carolina help their chances of winning another national title if they can reel him in.
Duke: A+. Mike Krzyzewski added three of the top seven players in the country. Enough said.
Miami: N/A. Another program impacted by the fallout of the FBI’s investigation into college hoops.
NC State: B+. Kevin Keatts did about as well as any Wolfpack fan could ask with his first class.
Notre Dame: A-. Mike Brey’s success at Notre Dame won’t be stopping any time soon as the Irish add four four-star prospects.
Virginia: C+. Tony Bennett didn’t sign highly ranked recruits, but more than likely they will be impact players for the Hoos because of the fit.