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 LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 19: Jack White #41 of the Duke Blue Devils lays the ball in ahead of Jordan Schakel #20 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half of the game at Lahaina Civic Center on November 19, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii.
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North Carolina is an increasingly cosmopolitan state. Well, at least compared to most Southern states. And maybe in a few metropolitan areas rather than throughout the state.

The Triangle region is unquestionably regarded as an area where a wide mix of folks live and work, and would presumably play basketball too. And not just Yankees. Yet, of 15 ACC schools, the sole members lacking a player from beyond U.S. boundaries this season are North Carolina and NC State, from the Triangle’s Chapel Hill and Raleigh, respectively.

Otherwise, only Louisville among ACC members has a single foreign import – Akoy Agau, a 6-8 grad student who played previously at SMU.

Pittsburgh, building to escape the conference basement, and Virginia, continuing to cement its spot at the top, each boast five players from other countries. That leads the ACC, highlighting a little-noted trend: a surge of immigrants flooding the ACC.

No one has seen fit to complain about it, either.

A CARAVAN OF TALENT
Active Players Listed from Foreign Countries on 2018-19 ACC Rosters
Player, School Home Country School Prior to ACC
Nik Popovic, BC Bosnia & Herzegovina The Sagemont School, Fl.
Luka Kraljevic, BC Slovenia Don Bosco Prep, NJ
Ervins Meznieks, BC Latvia RigasTeikas, Riga
Jonathan Baehre, C Germany UNC Asheville
David Skara, C Croatia Valparaiso
R.J. Barrett, D Canada Montverde Academy, Fl
Antonio Vrankovic, D Croatia Pine Crest School, Fl
Jack White, D Australia Australian Instit of Sport
Anthony Polite, FS Switzerland St. Andrews Christian, Fl
Christ Koumadje, FS Chad Montverde Academy, Fl
Mfiondu Kabengele, FS Canada Bosco Institute, Ind
Sylvester Ogbonda, GT Nigeria Nat'l Christian Acad, Md
Avi Schafer, GT Japan Brewster Academy, NH
Abdoulaye Gueye, GT Senegal Central Park Christian, Al
Akoy Agau, UL Sudan Southern Methodist
DJ Vasilijevic, UM Australia Australian Inst of Sport
Sam Waardenburg, UM New Zealand Rangitoto College
Deng Gak, UM Australia Blair Academy, NJ
Nikolo Djogo, ND Canada Athlete Institute Prep
Shamiel Stevenson, UP Canada Hillcrest Prep, Az
Sidy N'Dir, UP France West Oaks Academy, Fl
Kene Chukwuka, UP Sweden New Mexico JC
Samson George, UP Nigeria First Love Christian/Iona
Peace Ilegomah, UP Nigeria CBD Montverde, Fl
Oshae Brissett, SU Canada Findlay Prep, Nev
Marek Dolezaj, SU Slovenia Karlovka
Francesco Badocchi, V Italy Bishop Miege, Kan
Francisco Caffaro, V Argentina NBA Global Academy
Kody Stattmann, V Canada St. Augustine's College
Mamadi Diakite, V Guinea Blue Ridge School, Va
Jack Salt, V New Zealand Westlake Boys, NZ
Nickell Alexander-Walker, VT Canada Hamilton Heights
Jonathan Kabongo, VT Canada Putnam Science, Conn
Jaylen Hoard, WF France Wesleyan Christian
Olivier Sarr, WF France Nat'l Inst of Sport--INSEP
Ikenna Smart, WF Nigeria New Garden Friends, NY
Sunday Okeke, WF Nigeria Green Farms Acad, Conn

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