Traditionally one of the strongest basketball conferences, this year was no exception for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Aside from Zion Williamson, there are as many as a dozen potential first round selections coming out of that league and entering the NBA.
While many of these top athletes are familiar to engaged college basketball fans, many others may have only gotten a glimpse of some of these lesser heralded players; thus, I reached out to an old friend, Wake Forest assistant coach Randolph Childress, to get the perspective of someone who strategized against these young men, and has known some of them going back to their high school days.
Childress’ resume speaks for itself. He was a 2x All-ACC First-Team selection and a Second Team All-American for the Demon Deacons. He still holds the ACC tournament scoring record with 107 points in three games and is responsible for one of the most indelible moments in college basketball history.
Childress played two seasons in the NBA, and another 14 overseas. Oh, and he helped mentor a lanky kid from the Virgin Islands named Tim Duncan.
In our conversation we covered a number of players that could potentially begin their NBA careers in New Orleans:
- The Duke trio of Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish
- North Carolina’s Coby White, Cameron Johnson, and Nasir Little
- De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome from last season’s national champions Virginia
- Virginia Tech forward Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
So please enjoy the conversation and the insights.
Let’s go Pels!