The ACC is looking to rebound after being referred to as “down” throughout all of last season.
Some of the top players in the league transferred out, and some top players from around in the country transferred into the league. However, there were also a surprisingly high number of solid transfers that went the intraconference route.
Let’s look at the ACC-to-ACC transfers this year.
MATTHEW CLEVELAND, FSU -> MIAMI
Cleveland looked like an NBA player last time I saw him play in Pittsburgh last year. He averaged 13 and six last year for Florida State, and is in for a big role on a talented Hurricanes roster this year.
JOE GIRARD, SYRACUSE -> CLEMSON
It feels like Girard has been in the ACC for 10 years at this point, and he’s not going anywhere. Now with Clemson, Girard is looking to join forces with PJ Hall and company to take the Tigers back to the Tournament.
CORMAC RYAN, ND -> UNC
Ryan made the move to Chapel Hill after Mike Brey left Notre Dame, and he’s in for a big role with the Tar Heels. Last year with the Irish, he averaged 12/4/2.
JAE’LYN WITHERS, LOUISVILLE -> UNC
Withers was one of the bright spots on an awful Louisville team a year ago. He averaged 9 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds per contest.
JJ STARLING, ND -> SYRACUSE
Starling was one of the most exciting freshmen in college basketball last year, averaging 11 points per game on 42% from the field. He now joins Judah Mintz in Syracuse.
JACK CLARK, NC STATE -> CLEMSON
Clark is going to be a big piece for the Tigers after scoring 9 points per game with the Wolfpack.
NAHEEM MCLEOD, FSU -> SYRACUSE
McLeod has intriguing size at 7-foot-4. Last year, he averaged 3.8 points per game.
BEN MIDDLEBROOKS, CLEMSON -> NC STATE
Middlebrooks, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged three points per game for the Tigers last year and should give the Wolfpack some help in the front court.
TYLER NICKEL, UNC -> VT
The former highly-touted prospect joins the Hokies after averaging 2 points per game with the Tar Heels in a crowded rotation.
EBENEZER DOWUONA, NC STATE -> GEORGIA TECH
Dowuona is a 6-foot-11 big looking to break out in Atlanta.