By Dave Glenn and Staff
June 30, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links
Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe offers an extensive look at the expansion process and other details that surrounded Boston College's imminent move to the ACC. The jump becomes official on July 1. "None of this has been easy," BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said. "But I think the worst part is over now. It's time to move on. Only time will tell if we did the right thing. I feel in my heart that we did what was right for Boston College."
Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch welcomes BC with a pair of articles (Report #2). "We're very confident that we'll be very competitive (across the board)," athletic director Gene DeFilippo said, "but in the spring sports we also realize that we're disadvantaged by weather. But there's nothing we can do about that." Also see Mike Harris* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, who offers the happy tale of how Virginia Tech fared during its rookie season in the ACC, plus a reminder of the difficulties behind recruiting against top programs.
Alan Schmadtke* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel presents an extensive look at conference affiliations on the national scene, where July 1 will mean changes at more than 20 schools.
Robbi Pickeral of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer notes that Duke will be a strong preseason favorite in basketball going into 2005-06. "I don't know how Mike Krzyzewski did it, but he got a lot of his guys to stay, and that was kind of shocking," UNC senior David Noel said. "Duke is definitely the team to beat."
Lenox Rawlings of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal writes that, while the Charlotte Bobcats picked Raymond Felton (UNC) with the No. 5 selection in this week's draft, the player they really wanted was Chris Paul (Wake). Also see John Delong* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, who has the details on the difficulty the Bobcats faced while considering a trade up to get Paul.
Ned Barnett of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer discusses the Charlotte Bobcats' attempt to fill seats in their new arena, in part with their selections of UNC's Raymond Felton and Sean May. "Worried about its image and slipping TV ratings, the NBA wants to tap into the appeal of the college game. Nowhere is that truer than in Charlotte, a city that offers a vivid example of the bad-boy NBA trying to become the good-guy NBA." Also see Frank Dascenzo* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun, and Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
Paul Newberry of the Associated Press explains that Marvin Williams (UNC), the No. 2 overall selection who went to the Atlanta Hawks, is no longer "too nice" once he gets onto a basketball court. "He exemplifies the things we're looking for in our young people," Hawks general manager Billy Knight said. "He's the type of person we can try to build a foundation around." Also see Sekou Smith of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports on the Minnesota Timberwolves' introduction of first-round pick Rashad McCants (UNC). "I think all the things negative that have been said about me are a misperception," McCants said. "I just wanted to wait for an opportunity to have a new life and start over. I think this is the moment for me." Also see Tom Powers of the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, who discusses McCants' reaction to questions about whether he is bipolar or mentally ill, plus Steve Aschburner, Sid Hartman (column) and Patrick Reusse (column) of the Minneapolis (Minn.) Star Tribune.
The Associated Press notes that Denver Nuggets coach George Karl (UNC) hopes his 2005-06 team doesn't require much help from a group of draft picks that includes first-round selection Julius Hodge (NCSU). "I don't think we would have picked a Duke guy," Karl said when asked about acquiring a player from N.C. State. "They're a second-class citizen of the ACC. We accept that they do develop players once in a while and have good teams." Also see Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, and John Marshall of theAssociated Press.
Steve Ellis* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat explains how Von Wafer (Florida State), who received heavy criticism for his decision to turn pro after his sophomore season, enticed the Los Angeles Lakers to select him with a second-round pick. "He had an excellent workout," Lakers scout Irving Thomas said. "That put him over the top. He is an excellent shooter and has a lot of upside." Also see Scott Ferrell of the Shreveport (La.) Times.
Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post reports that undrafted point guard John Gilchrist (Maryland) has agreed to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the upcoming Las Vegas summer league. "He's puzzled, and almost to the point where it's laughable (that he was not chosen)," agent Joel Bell said. "He has the attitude, 'Okay, this is crazy, let's go show them.'" Also see Daniel Lato of the Adelaide (Australia) Advertiser on undrafted center Luke Schenscher (Georgia Tech). In other news, undrafted forward Sharrod Ford (Clemson) has signed with the New Jersey Nets.
Bryan Strickland* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun offers the details on this year's ACC-Big Ten Challenge, which will grow to 11 games this season. Among the matchups are Illinois-UNC and Duke-Indiana. Also see Bill Cole* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.
Ed McGranahan of the Greenville (S.C.) News reports that Clemson, reaching toward its $14 million athletic-fundraising goal, has found 100 donors willing to commit to a "Heisman Level" annual donation of $10,000.
Emily Badger of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reports that the Florida State basketball program has added former Auburn guard Toney Douglas as a transfer. The Tigers' leading scorer (16.9 ppg) last season, Douglas will be eligible in 2006-07 for the Seminoles after sitting out the upcoming season. Also see Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham (Ala.) News, Ira Schoffel of the Florida Times-Union, and Evan Woodbery of the Mobile (Ala.) Register.
Doug Doughty* of the Roanoke (Va.) Times offers details on the recent commitment of North Carolina wide receiver Chris Dalton to Virginia over Clemson. Dalton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the Nike All-Star Camp at Blacksburg in early April. Also see Jerry Ratcliffe* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress on Dalton, plus Bob Castello of the Greenville (S.C.) News on the pledge of in-state quarterback Michael Wade to Clemson (his father's alma mater) over Duke and Maryland.
Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star reports on the decisions of high school rising seniors Greg Oden and Mike Conley to commit to Ohio State over Wake Forest. Oden, a 7-0 center, is the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2006. Also see Bruce Hooley of the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer, and Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post.
John N. Mitchell of the Washington Times reports that the Washington Wizards have extended a qualifying contract offer to point guard Steve Blake (Maryland). He averaged 4.4 points and 1.5 assists last season, his second in the NBA.
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