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Posted February 06, 2009 - 02:45 AM

All the talk this year has been about the Big East and how deep and talented of a basketball conference it is this year, and rightfully so. Any conference that is on pace to put in 8-10 teams in the NCAA tournament deserves to be talked about. However, as things begin to play out it's the ACC that looks like it could hold more contenders as they now have three teams in the top five. You don't have three top-five teams without have some serious NBA talent, and with that in mind we take a look at some of the ACC's best's draft stock:

Stock Up

Danny Green - 6'6 Guard (North Carolina)
Quite frequently players who return for their senior year see a significant drop off in their draft stock, but that has not been the case for Danny Green. Green has become a much more efficient player offensively, seeing significant increases in his shooting percentages from the field and beyond the arc.

What makes Green an intriguing prospect is that he can play both the shooting guard and small forward positions not just offensively but defensively as well. He's become a real leader for this Tar Heel team, and he's done it within the system. Green is simply taking what is given to him and really trying to make his impact felt the most on defense. He's done exactly what he needed to do coming into this season.

Projection: Mid-late 1st round.

Kyle Singler - 6'9 Forward (Duke)
The Duke Blue Devils were hoping to get a leader when they recruited Kyle Singler and that is exactly what they've found. Singler is the best all-around player on this Duke team, providing the low post scoring this team has desperately needed along with just about everything else you could ask for.

At the next level Singler is not going to be able to play power forward as he does a lot of the time at Duke, he's going to be forced to move permanently to small forward. He's never going to be a standout defensively, but Singler has the instincts and basketball IQ to be a serviceable player at the next level.

Projection: Mid 1st round.

Jeff Teague - 6'2 Point Guard (Wake Forest)
With Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo gone Jeff Teague has emerged as one of the premier guards from the 2006 class along with Arizona State's James Harden. Wake Forest is in the process of becoming one of the favorites to win the NCAA tournament and Jeff Teague's play is a major reason why. The Demon Deacons are absolutely loaded with talent, but Teague is the guy that really gets everyone going.

The only real knock you can make on Teague's game is that he turns the ball over too much. However, he makes up for it by being incredibly efficient offensively. Teague averages 19 points a game on 53% shooting from the field and 51% from deep. After going under the radar his freshman year Teague has now become a hot commodity.

Projection: Mid 1st round.

Stock Neutral

Tyler Hansbrough - 6'9 Power Forward (North Carolina)
The 2008-2009 season has just been more of the norm for Tyler Hansbrough, who is going to go down as one of the best players ever in his school's illustrious history. Unfortunately for Hansbrough there's not many scouts that feel his success will translate to the next level because of his lack of athleticism and pro-level post moves.

There's no denying Hansbrough's greatness at the collegiate level, but like Florida quarterback Tim Tebow this appears to be the level where he will have the most success. The NBA is just a different type of game, and the chances of Hansbrough having the kind of impact he does at North Carolina in the pros are extremely slim. Despite the fact that he is dominating the country once again Hansbrough hasn't seen his stock move much.

Projection: Late 1st round.

James Johnson - 6'9 Forward (Wake Forest)
Some may feel that James Johnson deserves to be in the "Stock Up" portion of this article because of the role he plays for an up-and-coming Demon Decons squad. However, if you watched Johnson last year you would have seen the exact same player doing equally impressive things on a younger, inexperienced Wake Forest team.

At 6'9 Johnson's games likens that of Detroit Pistons Forward Tayshaun Prince with his incredible length and versatility. He's better suited guarding power forwards at this point of his career, but has the potential to move out to the perimeter full time in the future. He's active defensively and is just now getting the notice he deserves because Wake Forest is climbing up the rankings.

Projection: Mid 1st round.

Stock Down

Jack McClinton - 6'1 Point Guard (Miami)
After a 40-point performance in the first round of last year's NCAA tournament scouts were keeping a close eye on how Jack McClinton would finish his Hurricane career, and the results have not been overwhelming. McClinton continues to be productive scoring the ball, but his assist numbers are barely better than what they were his freshman season.

Because of his ability to score and his athleticism McClinton is still going to get some looks from the NBA. Playing in the ACC McClinton will have his chances to improve his stock because of the high level of competition. However, right now McClinton is likely looking at a career overseas.

Projection: Mid-late 2nd round.

Ty Lawson - 5'11 Point Guard (North Carolina)
After North Carolina got off to a 13-0 start Ty Lawson saw his stock skyrocket to the point where he was considered the top collegiate point guard available in the 2009 draft. However, two games into conference play Lawson has been exposed as an extremely poor defender when going up against other NBA-caliber guards.

In conference play Lawson has also been relatively held in check offensively. He's turning the ball over at a much higher rate, and his scoring numbers has dropped off because he's not getting the same kind of fast break opportunities. Lawson already had some questions about how well he could defend at the next level because of his size and so far he's done nothing to erase those doubts.

Projection: Mid 1st round.


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