This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
As seems to be the case every year, the ACC needs to reload its talent, as 13 of the league's top 16 scorers and eight of its top 11 rebounders have moved on. Even with the tough losses, there have been preseason columns suggesting as many as 11 teams from this conference could make the NCAA Tournament. There's clearly no lack of talent, thus making the cut to be included here no small feat. Duke is the presumptive favorite thanks to a plethora of incoming freshmen, but North Carolina and Virginia are both likely preseason Top 10 teams, and Louisville not far behind . The conference's depth remains unparalleled.
TOP THREE PLAYERS
Grayson Allen (G)
A season ago, Duke welcomed Brandon Ingram to campus, and Allen responded by averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. As such, the return of forward Amile Jefferson, paired with the addition of freshmen forwards Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles, along with rookie guard Frank Jackson, should not cause concern with regards to a regression from Allen. Their presence should only help open up the floor for Allen, and while it's possible he takes a small step back in scoring, he should see an increase in other categories and is the safest choice to be an All-ACC option.
Jaron Blossomgame (F)
Blossomgame was a one-man wrecking crew last year, averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from 3-point range. He shouldn't be called upon to do as much with a plethora