5 Breakout Players in the ACC

Samuell Williamson
Louisville Forward.

Williamson was the 19th rated recruit (According to 247sports) ahead of guys like Onyeka Okongu, Patrick Williams, Jahmi’us Ramsey, Isaac Okoro, Cassius Stanley. Those guys are all first round pick possibly and Williamson had a disappointing season only had 4 PPG, 2 RPG while playing only 15 minutes per game. I’d guess the main reason he didn’t play much is due to defense and playing the same position as Jordan Nwora but he will improve. Williamson will NEED to take a big step up this season with Jordan Nwora, Lamarr Kimble, Dwayne Sutton, Mark Williams, Darius Perry, and Ryan McMahon gone. They lose a ton and Williamson will be getting a bigger role, I think he could average close to 15 PPG this season.

Jay Huff

Virginia Center.

Huff is one of my personal favorites in College Basketball he’s 7’1 and shoots 35% from three and is a great defender, how can you not love that? Huff showed out when given the opportunity this past season had 8 PPG, 6 RPG, 2 BPG while playing lockdown defense. Huff is my Pre-Season ACC player of the year and I don’t think that’s too crazy. He’s going to get touches like Mamadi Diakite had last season, but I think Huff is an overall a better scorer, if he is given the opportunity. Virginia is a likely Top-5 preseason team for and they are the heavy ACC favorites and Huff is a big reason for it.

Wendell Moore Jr

Duke Forward.
Moore is an extremely talented player, but suffered an injury early in the season, meaning he only played in 25 games. His scoring ability going to the hoop is clear, but he’s just not there yet as a shooter, as he is only a 21% from three. Duke is going to need him to have a Tre Jones like sophomore season to succeed this season, Duke loses a ton of experience in Tre Jones, Jack White, Javin Delaurier, Justin Robinson, and Alex O’Connell. Moore is one of the most experienced players on the team as a Sophomore and he’ll be able to provide a bit more on offense, while bringing much needed leadership.

David Johnson

Louisville Guard.

Johnson is an extremely athletic guy who’s a great defender and can finish at the rim and draw contact. He’s also a 6’5” true point guard that is a great passer, so what’s not to love? His shooting wasn’t great, he only shot 60% from the line and 21% from three, as a point guard who has the ball in his hands, those percentages need to be improved upon. Johnson didn’t play much to start this season and he only averaged 16 MPG, the last 15 games he played an expanded role. Now he’s starter without Kimble, McMahon, and Perry at the Point Guard spot, Johnson needs to carry the load to bring the Cardinal to the promise land. I have Louisville as my #2 ACC team right now.

Justin Champagnie

Pittsburgh Guard.

Champagnie had a great Freshman Season under coach Jeff Capel, he had 12 PPG, 7 RPG as a wing player. Champagnie’s biggest issue is shooting from deep, he only shot 26% from three, with how talented he is, that should be something he works on in the gym this offseason. Champagnie and guard Xavier Johnson look to lead Pittsburgh to an NCAA Tournament in 2020-21. I’m not quite sure that they get there but if guys like Audiese Toney and big name recruits like Josh Hugley, William Jeffress, Femi Odukale, Max Amadausn, and Noah Collier step up, maybe I’m wrong. It’ll be interesting to see how the Panthers and Jeff Capel do this season but there’s no doubt Justin Champagnie will be a key piece of their success.

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