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cbhsports 2019-2020 ACC MBB Preview

Hey guys welcome to my 2019-2020 ACC Preview! Hope you enjoy.

Projected Standings
1.Louisville
2.Duke
3.North Carolina
4.Virginia
5.Florida State
6.NC State
7.Notre Dame
8.Syracuse
9.Miami
10.Pittsburgh
11.Clemson
12.Virginia Tech
13.Wake Forest
14.Georgia Tech
15.Boston College

cbhsports ACC projected Awards
Player of the Year:Jordan Nwora,F,Louisville
Newcomer of the Year:Cole Anthony,G,North Carolina
Sixth Man of the Year:Ryan McMahon,G,Louisville

1st Team All-Conference
G:Cole Anthony,UNC
G:Tre Jones,Duke
G:Markell Johnson,NC State
F:Jordan Nwora,Louisville
C:Vernon Carey,Duke

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Happy Belated, Roy (CBB News)

Hey guys! Yes, I am making three posts today. For one second, before I get into the college basketball news, instead of making schedule predictions for every NFL Team, I will be doing a division preview for each NFL Division. Anyway, let’s get into the news.

The biggest headline is the top player in the 2020 ESPN 100, Evan Mobley, has committed to play for USC. According to ESPN, there wasn’t any other school in Mobley’s recruitment except for the Trojans. Mobley is teaming up with his brother in the fall of 2020 (if he doesn’t leave for the NBA next summer), Isaiah Mobley.

UNC Tar Heels Head Coach, Roy Williams, celebrated his birthday last week. Happy Belated birthday, Roy! In related news, Greg Brown, ranked number five in the 2020 ESPN 100, cut his list down to five schools:Auburn, Memphis, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Texas. The Austin,Texas product should have a decision made soon.

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Ranking the ten most Power 5-ready schools right now

So, when the next rounds of college football realignment start (most likely in 2023 and 2024 when most conference TV deals are up) each of the power five conferences will be ready to expand into super conferences with sixteen to eighteen members. Here are the ten most power five ready schools when it comes to football, basketball, baseball, location, and academics.

1.Notre Dame
Current Conference:FBS Independents
Potential Fits:ACC, Big Ten

Notre Dame is currently a member of the ACC in all sports except football (they play five ACC members each football season) and will probably never lose their independent status. The Fighting Irish backed out of becoming a member of the Big Ten with Penn State in the early 1990s and haven’t been in contact with the conference since. Notre Dame has a great football programs and can ovbiously compete in any Power 5 Conference.

2.Houston
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, Pac-12

I understand your questioning if they would fit into the ACC but if the ACC ever wanted to expand out west, I’m sure Houston would be willing as they have conference foes from the AAC all over the east coast. Houston’s two biggest programs, football and basketball are always in the top twenty-five or fifty in the country and what a great city to have in your conference if you’re the Pac-12. The Big 12 probably wouldn’t add Houston, as they already have too many Texas markets, but I could see Larry Scott putting an offer out for Houston if he wants to move the conference east ward.

3.Boise State
Current Conference:Mountain West
Potential Fits:Pac-12

Boise State would be number one on this list, but because of their Idaho location, it is a hard place to get to and I don’t think many major programs like going to Idaho. Even though Boise’s basketball program can be improved, they have had a great football program since the turn of the century with multiple major bowl game wins and have sent players into the NFL. If the Pac-12 wants to expand, I expect Boise to be Larry Scott’s first choice.

4.Central Florida
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, SEC

Because of being located in Orlando many conferences will eye Central Florida. UCF’s football program has gone 25-2 in the past two seasons and their other sports programs including basketball, have made tournament runs recently. UCF has shown it will be able to compete in a power five conference due to the Florida recruiting hot bed and their great Orlando location.

5.South Florida
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, SEC

USF would be another quality team to accompany rival UCF with a move to the ACC or Big 12. The Bulls have a Power Five-caliber football coach in Charlie Strong, who once had a three-year stint as the head coach of Texas. Just like their Floridian counterparts, USF would make a great choice for the ACC or any other conference in the region to add.

6.San Diego State
Current Conference:Mountain West
Potential Fits:Pac-12

San Diego State is right in the area where the Pac-12 doesn’t have a California member. San Diego State has been able to recruit the talented state of California and have turned that into major success on the field and on the court. Recently, San Diego State has dominated the Mountain West’s West division with back to back division championships in 2015 and 2016. The Aztecs have had success in basketball, most notably in 2011, with now Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard where they made a run into the sweet sixteen. This is all the Pac-12 needs to hear for San Diego State to join the conference.

7.Memphis
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:Big 12, SEC

Like their ACC counterparts, Memphis would fit well with any conference in the south. Memphis’s basketball should be back on the rise with former tiger Penny Hardaway as head coach and landing two five star recruits in the 2019 recruiting cycle. For football, along with Houston, the tigers have dominated the AAC’s west division during this decade. While Memphis won’t join the SEC (due to the SEC already having Nashville and Knoxville markets), they would give the Big 12 a pipeline to go in and steal some of the talent that would be going to the SEC if the pipeline wasn’t made with the tigers.

8.Navy
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC

I know Navy won’t be the first school considered by the ACC, but because of their rich football history and because it is a military school, the ACC should take a glance at Navy.

9.BYU
Current Conference:FBS Independents, WCC
Potential Fits:Big 12, Pac-12

The only reason BYU isn’t higher on this list is because they follow their rule of not participating in athletics on Sunday. BYU is a perfect fit with both the Big 12 and Pac-12 regionally. BYU has been off and on good with their football and basketball programs but bring a brand that is known to the power five conference they are going to.

10.Northern Illinois
Current Conference:MAC
Potential Fits:Big 12, Big Ten

Northern Illinois has had some sustained success in football during the 2010s and would give the Big 12 an outlet to the northern midwest for recruiting. The Huskies will bring a competent team in every sport they compete in, making them a top choice for the Big 12 to expand and not disbandand.

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College Basketball News:Guard Grimes to transfer to Houston

Former five-star recruit Quentin Grimes has announced he will be transferring to Houston. Grimes entered the NCAA transfer portal and put his name in the 2019 NBA Draft. It was unlikely Grimes would take his name out of the draft but he did, and ended up choosing a basketball program on the rise in Houston, led by Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. Grimes was ranked number eight in the 2018 ESPN 100 and ranked number two in ESPN’s sit-out transfer rankings (2019-2020 and 2020-2021 transfer rankings). Grimes averaged eight and a half points and two assists in his lone season at Kansas.

The number four ranked player in the 2020 ESPN 100, announced his commitment to Duke on Thursday via Twitter. The top small forward in the class chose Duke over Arizona, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Johnson, who is from Wisconsin (Nicolet High School) is the second five-star recruit in Duke’s 2020 class, joining point guard Jeremy Roach.

Florida power forward Isaiah Stokes, the younger brother of former Tennessee standout Jarnell Stokes, is transferring after two years of injuries and inconsistency. Stokes leaves Florida after top grad transfer Forward Kerry Blackshear chose the Gators.

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Big East officially announces UConn’s return

The Big East offically announced the University of Conneticut’s return to the conference. UConn was apart of the conference from 1979 (where it was a charter member) to 2013. The league said the year of entry will be determined at a later date. UConn will participate in 20 of the Big East’s 22 sports. Notably, the football program will either be in a different conference, an independent, or downgrade to the FCS level. UConn’s women’s basketball program leaves the American Athletic conference with no losses in conference. UConn will leave the AAC for its roots, where it became a perennial basketball power, both men’s and women’s.

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College Basketball News:Top grad transfer Blackshear picks Florida

The UConn Board of Trustees accepted an invitation on Wednesday to move basketball and most other sports teams (not including football) back to the conference they were a charter member of. UConn rejoins the Big East officially! As I said in a previous post, UConn will be moving their football team either to a different conference, the independents, or downgrade to the FCS level because the Big East does not sponsor football. UConn will make their move to the Big East in the 2020-2021 school year.

ESPN’s top grad transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. (formerly of Virginia Tech) committed to Florida last night. The forward chose Florida over Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, or a potential return to Virginia Tech. Blackshear entered the transfer portal in mid April after former Virginia Tech Head Coach Buzz Williams took the same job at Texas A&M. At the same time, Blackshear put his name into the NBA Draft, but took his name out hours before the deadline. Blackshear joins ESPN 100 recruits Omar Payne, Scottie Lewis, and Tre Mann to make Florida the biggest competitor to Kentucky in the SEC next season. The top returnee for the Gators is 2018-19 All-SEC Freshman Team Guard Andrew Nembhard will lead the offense for the Gators. Blackshear Jr. averaged almost fifteen points and seven and half rebounds.

Oklahoma State hired Cannen Williams as an assistant coach on Wednesday. It does have significance because the number two recruit in the 2020 ESPN 100 happens to be Cannen’s brother, Point Guard Cade Cunningham. This will help Oklahoma State to get the five-star point guard.

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UConn expected to rejoin Big East

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is expected to return to the Big East in basketball and other sports in 2020 per multiple reports. According to ESPN, nothing is offical but an announcement could be made at some point next week. The biggest question for the huskies, though, is about their football program. According to a source that told ESPN, it would be unlikely that UConn would keep just their football program in the American Athletic Conference. For football, UConn is expected to stay in the AAC for 2019 but move into a different conference or the Independents in 2020. UConn’s potential move was first reported by Digital Sports Desk.

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LaMelo Ball commits to play in Australia’s NBL

LaMelo Ball announced on “The Jump” that he would be heading to the Australia’s NBL and will be playing Illawarra Hawks. Ball was ranked number twenty-one in the 2019 ESPN 100. Ball said, “Australia really made sense to me” regarding his wanting of being the top pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. Because Ball played in Lithuania, his college eligibility was in question.

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Taking a look at the final 2019 top ten college basketball class rankings

As the spotligh on the 2019 class closes, we are going to take a look at the top ten classes college basketball for the 2019 class according to ESPN. The top three players according to ESPN for each school in the top ten will be ranked.

Number=National Rank on ESPN 100
()=High School

1.Memphis Tigers
Top three signees
1.James Wiseman (#1 Center) Memphis,TN (East Memphis)
17.Precious Achiuwa (#5 Power Forward) Bronx,NY (Montverde)
25.DJ Jeffries (#5 Small Forward) Olive Branch,MS (Olive Branch)

In his first full recruiting cycle as head coach Penny Hardaway beat out Kentucky for number one player in the country James Wiseman and two other five-star frontcourt players Precious Achiuwa (PF) and DJ Jeffries (SF). Hardaway and Memphis beat out Coach K and Duke for the top class with a recent signing from Precious Achiuwa.

2.Duke Blue Devils
Top three signees
6.Vernon Carey Jr. (#3 Center) Southwest Ranches,FL (NSU University)
11.Matthew Hurt (#2 PF) Rochester,MN (John Marshall)
22.Wendell Moore (#3 Small Forward) Charlotte,NC (Cox Mill)

Landing former number one player Vernon Carey Jr. was a big win in December. Landing Matthew Hurt late in the process was a win for Duke, but did not get them over the hump to get a second consecutive top class. While this isn’t the number one class, this is a solid number two ranked class.

3.Arizona Wildcats
Top three signees
8.Josh Green (#2 Shooting Guard) Bradenton,FL (IMG)
9.Nico Mannion (#2 Point Guard) Scottsdale,AZ (Pinnacle)
40.Terry Armstrong (#8 Small Forward) Flint,MI (Bella Vista)

While there was controversy surrounding Arizona’s program in 2018, Arizona has re-cemented themselves as recruiting powers by landing top ten recruits in guards Josh Green and Nico Mannion. Wing Terry Armstrong cements this class as a top three class in the country.

4.Kentucky Wildcats
Top three signees
12.Kahlil Whitney (#2 Small Forward) Roselle,NJ (Roselle Catholic)
13.Tyrese Maxey (#3 Shooting Guard) Dallas,TX (South Garland)
29.Johnny Juzang (#3 Small Forward) North Hollywood,Ca (Harvard Westlake)

Kentucky again has a top five class headed by three top three prospects at their positions. Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey are top fifteen prospects that will be difference makers. Johnny Juzang has the talent to be an NBA player after two years. Expect Kentucky to be in the national championship picture in the 2019-2020 season.

5.Georgia Bulldogs
Top three signees
4.Anthony Edwards (#1 Shooting Guard) Atlanta,GA (Holy Spirit)
64.Christian Brown (#13 Small Forward) Hopkins,SC (Oak Hill)
69.Jaykwon Walton (#15 Small Forward) Montgomery,AL (Carver)

Tom Crean and Georgia became one of the surprises of the 2019 cycle by landing top peach state prospect and number four ranked player nationally Anthony Edwards. Four-star wings Christian Brown and Jaykwon Walton will make this team competetive in the SEC for years to come.

6.Villanova Wildcats
Top three signees
14.Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (#3 Power Forward) Overland Park,KS (IMG)
15.Bryan Antoine (#4 Shooting Guard) Tinton Falls,NJ (Ranney)
52.Justin Moore (#8 Shooting Guard) Accokeek,MD (DeMatha Catholic)

Jay Wright has another top ten class to reload after a down year in 2018-19 for Villanova despite winning the Big East. These three guys are the next players in Jay Wright’s system to lead Villanova to glory.

7.USC Trojans
Top three signees
16.Isaiah Mobley (#4 Power Forward) Temecula,CA (Rancho Christian)
20.Onyeka Okongwu (#5 Center) Chino Hills,CA (Chino Hills)
54.Max Agbonkpolo (#12 Power Forward) Rancho Santa Margarita,CA (Santa Margarita Catholic)

USC strengthened their frontcourt by landing five-star big men Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu and four-star big Max Agbonkpolo. This will help them compete with Arizona in the Pac-12.

8.Louisville Cardinals
24.Samuell Williamson (#4 Small Forward) Rockwall,TX (Rockwall)
50.Aiden Igiehon (#11 Power Forward) Woodmere,NY (Lawrence Woodmere)
76.David Johnson (#13 Shooting Guard) Louisville,KY (Trinity)

In his first recruiting cycle, Head Coach Chris Mack has led Louisville to a great first season but has been very successful on the recruiting trail by landing a five-star and multiple four-star recruits.

9.North Carolina
Top three signees
2.Cole Anthony (#1 Point Guard) Briarwood,NY (Oak Hill)
18.Armado Bacot (#5 Center) Richmond,VA (IMG)
77.Anthony Harris (#11 Point Guard) Fairfax,VA (Paul VI)

Roy Williams finally cemented the top ten ranking for his 2019 recruiting class by landing top point guard Cole Anthony. These three top guys will have big roles as Carolina loses four major contributors after last season’s ACC championship team. Cole Anthony will have the keys to the offense after Coby White enters the NBA.

10.Florida
Top three signees
10.Scottie Lewis (#1 Small Forward) Colts Neck,NJ (Ranney)
33.Tre Mann (#6 Point Guard) Gainesville,FL (The Villages Charter)
43.Omar Payne (#7 Center) Kissimmee,FL (Montverde)

Mike White had a huge land out of New Jersey in Scottie Lewis. White and Florida complented that by landing Tre Mann and Omar Payne.

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College Basketball News:Former UNC Guard is headed to South Carolina

There has been lots of news coming out of college basketball this week so let’s put it into one post.

Three-year North Carolina Guard Seventh Woods has announced he is transferring to South Carolina for his final year of eligibility after he sits a year out in the 2019-2020 season. South Carolina was the obvious favorite for Woods after he announced he was entering the portal, as he is from Columbia,South Carolina originally and that the Gamecocks were second in the running for him out of high school.

The NCAA announced that they would be moving the three-point line back for the 2019-2020 season. They will be moving it back to where the international players shoot it from at 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. This will be in effect for division one ball but not for division two and three until 2020-2021.

Former McDonald’s All-American Jordan Brown has announced he will be heading to Arizona. Brown announced he was entering the transfer portal and possibly leaving Nevada in April after former Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman took the Arkansas Head Coaching position. Brown picked Arizona over Arizona State and Saint Mary’s.

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered a walk on to his grandson Michael Savorino. Savorino will be joining the program in 2019-2020.

Even though it wasn’t this week, former “Fab Five” member Juwan Howard of the 1990s Michigan team was announced as the replacement for longtime Head Coach John Belein, who took the Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coaching gig in the NBA. Howard was very emotional in his introduction and couldn’t wait to do great things with the program. Howard is now a former assistant of the Miami Heat, where he was a player and coach throught the 2010s.