GREENSBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina State team that seriously damaged Virginia’s NCAA Tournament hopes is just one of several ACC squads that have talented transfers sitting out this season.
The Wolfpack is picking up Ralston Turner, a 6-foot-6 wing player who started 59 games in two seasons at Lousiana State and averaged 12.4 points as a sophomore in 2011-2012.
Turner, familiar with State coach Mark Gottfried from Gottfried’s days as the head coach at Alabama, hit 99 3-point field goals in two seasons at LSU and is seen as a likely successor to Scott Wood, who hit seven 3-pointers Friday in a 75-56 victory over Virginia.
Turner will be one of three 2013-2014 ACC newcomers who spent the 2011-2012 season in the Southeastern Conference, along with Virginia’s Anthony Gill (South Carolina) and Duke’s Rodney Hood (Mississippi State).
Maryland, in its last season in the ACC, will be adding Evan Smotrycz, a 6-9 transfer from Michigan, where he averaged 7.7 points as a sophomore in 2011-2012. So, as a senior in 2014-2015, Smotrycz will be playing in the same league in which he began his career as Maryland moves to the Big Ten..
A similar circumstance will occur when 6-7 Alex Dragicevich begins play for Boston College. Dragicevich sat out this season after transferring from Notre Dame, where he scored 6.6 points per game in 2011-2012.
Next year, he’ll be facing his old team with Notre Dame’s entry into the ACC.
Virginia Tech will add a transfer, too, in Adam Smith, who averaged 13.7 points as a freshman at UNC-Wilmington in 2011-2012.
In addition to the transfers and recruits, whose names are available on a host of websites, Virginia is among the schools that have had players sitting out this season as redshirts.
The Cavaliers’ Malcolm Brogdon, the prize of UVa’s 2011 signing class, has resumed practicing after complications from foot surgery kept him from beginning the season. He will be a sophomore next season.
Clemson will gain the services of two players who already are on campus, top 2012 signee Jaron Blossomgame, a 6-7 forward, and 6-2 guard Devin Coleman, who played in 23 games in 2011-2012.
Garrius Adams, a 6-6 guard from Apex, N.C., who started 37 games in his first three seasons, sat out this season at Miami and theoretically could return as a fifth-year senior in 2013-2014.
ALSO AFFECTING the 2013-2014 ACC basketball release will be this spring’s NBA Draft and which ACC underclassmen will make themselves eligible.
Maryland’s 7-foot-1 sophomore, Alex Len, is listed as a top-10 pick and maybe even top five. Other first-round possibilities include North Carolina sophomore James-Michael McAdoo, Duke freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon and North Carolina State juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown.
Every time I see Len, I’m less impressed, particularly when he had three of his shots blocked at Virginia last weekend, and McAdoo isn’t close to ready. Leslie and Brown may be the most NBA ready based on what I’ve seen.
Miami sophomore point guard Shane Larkin, who was terrific Friday against Boston College, has said he is remaining in college. So is Virginia’s Joe Harris, according to what he was telling fans Wednesday in Greensboro.