I've received a good number of emails from college hoops fans in the state of North Carolina who took exception to my story last week about the changing landscape of the ACC. I wrote about the success of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College and the fact that North Carolina and Duke were young and a bit inconsistent. I made sure to point out that the power shift could be temporary, and well, maybe it was very temporary because Carolina earned the top seed in the ACC tournament after all the other top teams stumbled this weekend.
Fans of UNC and Duke have nothing to worry about. A lot depends on who leaves for the NBA, but I expect both schools to be among the top 3-5 schools next season. If Brandan Wright, a potential top-five pick, leaves and Tyler Hansbrough returns, the Tar Heels will be poised to be among the top teams in 2008. If Josh McRoberts stays, Duke should be in a similar position in part because of a strong recruiting class that includes Taylor King, who has a Redick-like jump shot; Nolan Smith, a capable guard; and Kyle Singler, who has the moppy hair of Adam Morrison and the game to match. (Singler might be more athletic than AM)
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