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2011-12 ACC Basketball Preview: Maryland & Clemson

Maryland Terrapins

Overall: 19-14

ACC: 7-9

Postseason: Did Not Play

What They Lost:

For starters, the Terps lost the figurehead of their program, legendary head coach Gary Williams. In his place will be Mark Turgeon, a two-time Big XII coach of the year with Texas A&M. The biggest loss was in the frontcourt, with 6”10 PF Jordan Williams opting to go pro instead of stay for his junior season. The Terrapins have very little depth, with eight scholarship players this upcoming season, no more than three of which are above 6”6.

What They Gained:

The Terps have only two members of the 2011 recruiting class, one of which is 6”6 SG Nick Faust. Faust was the 10th ranked shooting guard by rivals.com and will see immediate playing time. In addition, Maryland will benefit from the presence of 7”1 C Alex Len, who was recently declared eligible for the season despite him having to serve an initial 10 game suspension. Len’s eligibility was in doubt due to alleged ties to a European professional team.

Outlook:

Maryland is definitely a thin team this coming season, however they do return standout PG Terrell Stoglin (11.4 ppg). However, fellow guard Pe’Shon Howard recently broke his foot and will be out up to 3 months. Ultimately, much will depend on the play of the Ukranian Alex Len. If he can be a presence in the frontcourt then Maryland will have a chance. Ultimately, I see the lack of depth as crippling to this team and project an NIT finish.

Clemson Tigers

Overall: 22-12

ACC: 9-7

Postseason: Lost to WVU in NCAA Second Round

What They Lost:

The Tigers lost valuable experience last season with the departures of PG Demontez Stitt and PF Jerai Grant. Second year Coach Brad Brownell will sorely miss their veteran leadership and defensive presence.

What They Gained:

Clemson has a decent incoming freshman class, with 4-star PF Bernard Sullivan and 6”6 SF K.J McDaniels joining the fold. Clemson is a team that lost a great deal of veteran presence last season so these newcomers should expect to see a lot of playing time.

Outlook:

Clemson was a surprise team in the ACC last season, making it into the tournament and past the first round. However, I expect the Tigers to regress a bit this season, especially after losing so much veteran leadership. Their main deficiencies are in the frontcourt, where the loss of PF Grant really hurts. However, if they can develop their frontcourt and maintain steady guard play, they have a realistic shot of going back to the tournament.

The rest of the ACC:

Boston College

Clemson

Duke

Florida State

Georgia Tech

Maryland

Miami

North Carolina

North Carolina State

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

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