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November 25, 2006
Blue Devils ink ACC's top class
Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils.Another year, another strong recruiting haul for
Virginia Tech has quietly been climbing up the ACC ranks in the win column, and now the Hokies are starting to reel in some nationally ranked talent. The Hokies inked Jeff Allen last year, but the 6-foot-8 D.C. native needed another year academically. He'll be battle tested. His last three high schools are among the best in the country - DeMatha Catholic, Oak Hill Academy and Hargrave Military.
New N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe scored two major recruits before he coached his first game as the Wolfpack's head man. He went right after Georgia big man J.J. Hickson, one of the elite power forwards in the nation. Lowe secured the five-star big man when many had pegged Hickson for the SEC.
Florida State was not far off from the top 25 and checks in at No. 4 overall in the ACC. Five-star center Solomon Alabi and Julian Vaughn, a fine shooting forward from Oak Hill Academy, are a dynamic combination. They are joined by athletic wing Jordan DeMercy.
Jerry Meyer's take: Duke brings in an elite and versatile prospect in Kyle Singler, who can do just about anything on the court. Nolan Smith and Taylor King should be successful in coach Mike Krzyzewski's system...Virginia Tech has a quality potential starting five headed to Blacksburg...First year head coach Sidney Lowe makes an initial recruiting splash landing five-star post player J.J. Hickson and four-star post player Tracy Smith.
Justin Young's take: What player will be the Boston College surprise? Biko Paris could be that guy. He's quick, strong and knows how to score from the point position.Jerai Grant may not have a big national reputation but Clemson has an absolute steal here. He's a late blooming big man that fits the kind of player that shines under Oliver Purnell.Dorenzo Hudson (Virginia Tech) and Jeff Jones (Virginia) will both be among the top scorers in the ACC in their careers.Wake Forest will have a track team in the backcourt with Jeff Teague and Ishmael Smith next year.
Biggest story of the recruiting period: New N.C. State head coach Sidney Lowe wasted little time on the recruiting front, proving that he can get it done with the big boys of the ACC. He landed a top-three recruiting class in the conference and a likely McDonald's All-American in J.J. Hickson. Now he'll need to win games on the hardwood.