The ACC’s Top 25 returning Players: 15-11

outside shooters highlight today’s section of the countdown

In part three of the Top Returnees in the conference, we have a murderers row of talented perimeter players. Guys that can flat out shoot the shit out of the basketball.

Before we resume the countdown, let’s take a look at the previous two releases of the list numbering 25-16:

25Jalen Cone
24Manny Bates
23Isaiah Wong
22MJ Walker
21David Johnson
20Dane Goodwin
19Matthew Hurt
18Moses Wright
17Tyrece Radford
16Armando Bacot

So far, the feedback has been pretty positive, so let’s carry on with numbers 15-11!

15-Jay heath-guard-boston college

photo courtesy of TheVirginia-Pilot.com

Raise your hand if you thought Jay Heath was going to be THAT good during his freshman season. Liars. I never doubt Jim Christian’s ability to develop guards but I did not expect 13-3-3 with 37.6% from deep from Heath in 2019-20. While metrics did not favor Boston College last season, 7-13 for this group was nothing to sneeze at. If Wynston Tabbs comes back healthy and effective, he may team with Heath to be one of the most dynamic duos in the conference.

14-Xavier johnson-pg-pittsburgh

photo courtesy of The Daily Orange

Did he regress? Sure. Is he always efficient? No. The fact remains that Johnson puts up numbers. Only 20 players in the country averaged better than 11 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game last season and Xavier was one of them. His play will dictate how successful the Panthers are in Jeff Capel’s third campaign and I expect him to rebound from a disappointing sophomore season.

13-Buddy boeheim-Wing-Syracuse

photo courtesy of Inside The Loud House

Quick, how many ACC players made at least 95 triples last season? Just one, Buddy Boeheim. How many players in the Power 6? Just two, the other was Markus Howard of Marquette. Yes, the Big East is a power conference in basketball. Boeheim may be a one trick pony but he does that trick at an elite level. Is there room between where he is and his ceiling? Sure, maybe not in volume but in efficiency. If he jumps from 37% to 42% from deep in a season when Joe Girard is a sophomore and Alan Griffin joins the fray? It’s going to be raining triples in Syracuse…

12-Prentiss Hubb-pg-notre dame

photo courtesy of MyNorthwest.com

Notre Dame is Mike Brey’s program but this season it’s Prentiss Hubb’s team. Heavily discussed with South Bend Tribune writer and Notre Dame insider Tom Noie a few weeks ago, Hubb is one of the most talented players in the conference. Bar none. That’s the tweet, if you will. In his sophomore campaign he upped his points, assists, and shooting numbers across the board with only a mild uptick in turnovers after a phenomenal freshman season in that category. If the Irish are going to do anything substantial this season, Hubb will have to become a leader instead of just a big time scorer.

11-Mike Devoe-combo guard-georgia tech

photo courtesy of The Daily Orange

The second Yellow Jacket on the list is sweet shooting Michael Devoe. The lefty sniper came out like a wrecking ball to start last season and ended up averaging 16 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists on the season. He also shot a ridiculous 42.7% from deep on 124 attempts. He needs to work on his turnovers but other than that he is primed to make a run at a first or second team all-conference selection in 2020-21.

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