ACC Basketball: Top Incoming Recruits of 2008

Matt SmithSenior Analyst IApril 19, 2008

#1 Al-Farouq Aminu
Stats: 6-8, 195, Norcross High School
Committed To: Wake Forest
Ranking: #2 Small Forward (5 Stars)

With a surprising seventh place finish last season in the ACC after the death of head coach Skip Prosser, Aminu could be the key for the Deacons to get over the ACC hump.  Adding to a huge front line coming in this season, Aminu is a 195 pound small forward that has the ability to create his own shot and take his defender outside on the perimeter. 

He has a great face up game and can beat his man to the basket, but needs to work on his low-block scoring game to become one of the elite in the ACC.

#2 Ed Davis
Stats: 6-8, 215, Benedictine High School
Committed to: UNC
Ranking: #3 Power Forward (5 Stars)

With the potential loss of Tyler Hansbrough and the sometimes inconsistent play of Deon Thompson, the polished Davis could keep the Heels not only in contention for another ACC title, but for a national title as well. 

Davis, the son of a twelve year NBA veteran, has great rebounding ability and a good face-up game to go along with his length.  Like Aminu he needs to work on his low block scoring but could be the perfect compliment to the front line of the Heels.

#3 Iman Shrumpert
Stats: 6-4, 175, Oak Park & River Forest High School
Committed to: Georgia Tech
Ranking: #5 Shooting Guard (5 Stars)

Georgia Tech was another one of those ACC teams jumbled in the middle of the pack for most of the season and with an electric guard like Shrumpert coming in he could be the player that lights the spark under this program. 

Shrumpert is a combo guard with great intelligence for either position and has a lethal perimemtier shot.  Shrumpert will need to work on his ball handling and defense, but hey that’s what college is for.

#4 Elliot Williams
Stats: 6-4, 170, St. George’s-Collierville High School
Committed to: Duke
Ranking: #4 Shooting Guard (5 Stars)

Duke has been known over the years to hand pick some of the best shooting guards in the nation.  While they do not address their largest need in the post area, they get a great player in Elliot Williams that could be an impact star the moment he steps on the court with the loss of Taylor King due to a transfer. 

Williams is multi-positional and can drive to the basket whenever he chooses, a great fit for the dribble and kick Blue Devil offense.  Williams can work on his mid-range game, but with a shot like his it shouldn’t take long to develop.

#5 Catalin Baciu
Stats: 7-0, 225, Veritas Christian Academy
Committed to: Clemson
Ranking: #10 Center (4 Stars)

While Baciu may not be the highest ranked player coming into the ACC this season, the success of Clemson could depend on how this kid produces.  Clemson is loosing a lot on their frontline this season and anytime you add a 7-footer to the mix good things can happen. 

Baciu has a good face-up game and has great passing ability, which could come in handy for guards on Clemson like Ogilsvy that love to spot up and shoot the three.  Needs to work on his low block finishing game and his strength.

These are the top impact recruits coming into the ACC this season.  Look for these players to break out and have a stellar year on their squads and be in the running for ACC Rookie of the Year.

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