This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Another season down, another national championship crowned for the ACC, further helping its perception as the nation's premier basketball conference. The league produced 10 first-round picks, including five in the lottery, a pretty standard amount of turnover in conference. As a result, only two of the ACC's top-10 scorers from a season ago are returning. There's lots of opportunities here to replace and replenish that production.
Top Three PlayersBonzie Colson (F)
A model of consistency and efficiency, Colson averaged a double-double as a junior (17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds) while not hurting you in any category, adding 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals. His ratios were excelent as well, shooting 52.6 percent from the field, 78.3 percent from the line and 43.4 percent from 3-point range (he hit 0.7 long balls per game). At 6-foot-5, there's some obvious Charles Barkley comparisons, and while Colson may not have much room to grow statistically, if he's got the green light from outside, he could flirt with 20 points nightly.
Bryant Crawford (G)
Crawford may be the exact opposite of Colson in his overall lack of efficiency, but that greatly improved last season, and a further step forward would have him as an elite option. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals last season, while increasing his free throw percentage 14 points and cutting his turnovers from 3.5 to 2.3 per game. There's room for offensive growth with the Deacons losing three of their other top-four scorers from