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ACC Roundup - Summer Edition

Some good stuff this time out

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JANUARY 20: Virginia Cavaliers forward Jay Huff (30) fouls North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Funderburk (0) at the basket during the game between the Virginia Cavaliers and NC State Wolfpack at John Paul Jones Arena on January 20, 2020 in Charlottesville, Va.
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There’s some ACC news today so let’s get right to it.

First, Jay Huff has pulled out of the draft which is great news for Virginia. He’s still not near his considerable potential but we got an idea last year of what he’s capable of. He’s only going to get better.

DJ Funderburk is also back for the Pack as NC State’s big man opted to return for his final season.

Second, Florida State has its near-annual big man recruit as 7-1 John Butler picked FSU Wednesday. He joins highly ranked Matthew Cleveland and Bryce McGowens in the 2021 class.

Butler looks a bit more mobile than the typical Leonard Hamilton big man recruit but he also has a lot of filling out to do.

And bonus - Naheem McLeod, who had previously signed with the ‘Noles before being turned away due to academics, is back after a year of JUCO ball. He’s the only guy on the roster who can look down at Butler as he’s 7-3.

Steve Forbes is still settling in at Wake Forest and under unusual circumstances too, with the pandemic still ongoing. He’s getting a sense of what he’s got and seems pleasantly surprised.

Georgia Tech got a bit of a break when Georgia transfer Rodney Howard was ruled eligible for the upcoming season. He didn’t do much as a freshman but Tech coach Josh Pastner says he’s got potential.

In a bit of alumni news, former NC State star TJ Warren absolutely went off in Orlando against the 76ers, scoring 53 points. Yow!

Warren hit nine threes and shot 20-29 overall.