2010-11 Season Preview: Ranking the ACC Frontcourts

There seem to be a great deal of question marks with regard to the ACC's frontcourts.  Kyle Singler, Tracy Smith, Chris Singleton, Jeff Allen and Jordan Williams are the biggest stars returning to their respective teams.  There are also some big time freshmen who are expected to contribute immediately- Harrison Barnes, C.J. Leslie and Josh Hairston. 

Triangle Hoops Journal's Preseason Rankings - Frontcourts

2010-11 Season Preview: Ranking the ACC Backcourts

The ACC boasts a couple of excellent backcourts, but has its share of mediocre ones as well.  Talented freshmen Kyrie Irving, Ryan Harrow and Reggie Bullock will provide an impact, while veterans such as Malcolm Delaney, Nolan Smith and Iman Shumpert look to continue their notable careers.

Triangle Hoops Journal's Preseason Rankings - Backcourts

Changes to Triangle Hoops Journal

For about a year, I have tried to cover State, Duke and UNC basketball on this blog.  However, I just don't have the time  to closely follow or consistently write about each of our local teams.  While I will continue to blog about the entire ACC, most of my attention will be on my alma mater, NC State, from here on out.

You will notice my Twitter and Facebook profile photos are updated with a new look to reflect the change.  I hope you enjoy the change and that you'll keep reading! 

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2010-11 Season Preview: ACC Preseason Rankings and Analysis

1.  Duke
2.  Virginia Tech
3.  North Carolina
4.  Florida State
5.  NC State
6.  Clemson
7.  Maryland
8.  Miami
9.  Boston College
10.  Wake Forest
11.  Virginia
12.  Georgia Tech

Rationale and team-specific breakdowns after the jump.

2010-11 Season Preview: Preseason All-ACC Teams

In selecting Triangle Hoops Journal's Preseason All-ACC Teams, I tried to pick not only the best players, but considered which of the best players would be in a position to provide the biggest impact to their teams. 

The one thing that stands out with regard to my All-ACC teams is that they have a Triangle flavor.  In particular, the All-ACC Freshman Team is made up solely of local players.  This was not by design, but there is a reason State, Duke and Carolina each had top five incoming recruiting classes this year.

2010-11 Season Preview: Outlook and Expectations for Duke, UNC, NC State

Duke, Carolina and State each have a unique perspective on the upcoming college basketball season as well as certain themes that promise to remain prevalent throughout the year.  Duke is trying to win back-to-back championships.  UNC hopes to redeem itself after a disappointing and inexcusable 2009-10 season.  NC State believes it finally has talent to compete in the ACC and seeks its first NCAA Tournament bid in five years.

DUKE
Duke is by far the most complete team in the conference and should begin the season as a near-unanimous number one nationally....

UNC
Carolina is probably more ready to start the 2010-11 season than any other team in the ACC...


NC STATE
There has not been this much excitement around the NC State program in quite some time...

Was UConn's Calhoun Really Unaware of Violations?

A few months ago, I posted an article on Bleacher Report posing the question of whether the NCAA investigation and potential violations at UConn would tarnish Jim Calhoun's legacy.  At the time, I wondered if the man who built UConn basketball from obscurity to prominence would be treated the way the late Jim Valvano was treated at NC State.

On October 8, UConn issued a statement indicating that they stand behind Calhoun, denying his responsibility for the violations. 

NC State Gets a New Look

Welcome to the 21st century, NC State.  The Wolfpack unveiled some new-look basketball uniforms this weekend, and this time they got it right.  Last year, the Pack tried to update their look, but the response was so negative, the new unis were shelved within a week.  This year, State went for a simple, yet modern look that should please fans and players alike.

Over the past several seasons, the Pack sported very traditional uniforms very similar to the ones worn back in the 1980s, with the Block S replacing the "Pack" on the shorts.  While classic, the uniforms never seemed to fit right and weren't really in touch with the times.  Scott Wood, for example, never could keep his jersey on right last year and spent half his time fidgeting with it.  Imagine skinny freshman Ryan Harrow in one of those jerseys.

In 2010, State appears to be one of 12 Adidas schools using the same material, style and technology being used by the NBA this year: