Several newcomers have immediately stepped to the fore this season, including several members of an exclusive fraternity, transfers from four-year schools.
Florida State's Toney Douglas had a team-high 24 points in a losing effort at Wisconsin, and is second on FSU in scoring behind senior forward Al Thornton. When N.C. State's starting point guard, Engin Atsur, injured his hamstring early in a win over Michigan, walk-on Bryan Nieman stepped into the lineup for 31 minutes, triple his playing time in 2006. Ryan Pettinella has started half of Virginia's games. And Miami's Jack McClinton continues to lead the ACC in scoring with 21.0 per outing.
Transfers from four-year schools are an ACC rarity, but boast an unusually large representation in 2006-07. Then again, the same might be said of the expanded conference.
Transfers From Four-Year Colleges, Active in 2006-07
|Player, ACC School||Previously Attended||Seasons Spent Elsewhere|
|Tyrelle Blair, BC||Loyola (Chicago)||2004, 2005|
|Toney Douglas, FSU||Auburn||2005|
|Jack McClinton, Miami||Siena||2005|
|Wes Miller, NC||James Madison||2003|
|Bryan Nieman, NC||Winthrop||2003, 2004|
|Trevor Ferguson, NCS||Pittsburgh||None#|
|Ryan Pettinella, V||Pennsylvania||2004, 2005|
|Michael Drum, WF||Presbyterian||2003, 2004|
* Spent season as redshirt at previous school.
# Signed, attended summer school but never enrolled fall 2005, eligible second semester.
Consult an ACC men's media guide, and it is sometimes difficult to find a team roster. What, it's all about the students, you say? The players come first? Actually, in some places they do, more or less. The roster appears on page 2 in the Miami media guide, on page 3 for North Carolina and page 8 for Duke. Prominent, and convenient. In other guides the dictates of layout and salesmanship leave the roster buried, as on page 44 for N.C. State, 49 for Florida State and 50 for Virginia.