A very early preseason top 25

April 7, 2007
By genefoto

We pointed out David Glenn’s blog posts about next year’s very early ACC basketball rankings.

Today we take a peek at Jeff Goodman’s very early preseason top 25 for the the 2007-2008 college basketball season at FOXSports.com Here’s how he sees the ACC teams stacking up in next season’s top 25.

5. North Carolina

The Tar Heels will likely lose freshman Brandan Wright, but that just means Deon Thompson gets a chance to play more minutes. Seniors Reyshawn Terry and Wes Miller are definitely gone, but they’re both easily replaceable. Tyler Hansbrough’s status is up in the air, but odds are he’ll come back for his junior campaign. Throw in sophomore guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington — along with juniors Bobby Frasor, Marcus Ginyard and Danny Green — and you’re still left with arguably the deepest team in America.

13. Georgia Tech

Our guess is that either Thaddeus Young or Javaris Crittenton leaves early for the NBA. However, Paul Hewitt’s only certain loss is that of defensive stopper Mario West. The Yellow Jackets will get Lewis Clinch back from suspension and still have Jeremis Smith, Anthony Morrow, Zach Peacock, Alade Aminu and Mouhammad Faye. Then you add in a pair of freshmen who should receive significant playing time — McDonald’s All-American forward Gani Lawal and pure point guard Mo Miller.

15. Duke

You really think Coach K is losing sleep about losing Josh McRoberts to the NBA? Doubtful. Point guard Greg Paulus and wings DeMarcus Nelson and Jon Scheyer will have some help from the freshman class. In fact, look for freshman forward Kyle Singler to step right in and become the go-to guy. Fellow frosh Nolan Smith will take pressure off Paulus and will also give the Blue Devils more perimeter athleticism. The key might be the development of 7-footer Brian Zoubek and whether he can give Duke something in the post.

25. NC State

Sidney Lowe’s team loses senior point guard Engin Atsur, but look for Iowa State transfer Farnold Degand to step in and provide help running the team. Degand will have plenty of weapons as the Wolfpack return their other four starters — Brandon Costner, Gavin Grant, Ben McCauley and Courtney Fells — and welcome a pair of talented frosh — J.J. Hickson and Tracy Smith.

See Jeff Goodman’s entire very early preason top 25 list here.

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