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Two ACC Notes

One out, one in

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 06 NC State at Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, MA - FEBRUARY 06: Boston College guard Rich Kelly (22) drives past NC State Wolfpack guard Shakeel Moore (2) and into NC State Wolfpack forward Manny Bates (15) during a game between the Boston College Eagles and the NC State Wolfpack on February 6, 2021, at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
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Two quick ACC notes worth passing on.

First, although it’s not official yet, Joe Giglio is reporting via Twitter that Manny Bates will be leaving State and, according to Giglio, may have been lured away.

While that’s certainly a hit for State as he’s an excellent shot blocker, the rest of his game is sort of rudimentary. We’re not sure how big of a loss that will turn out to e.

And up in Blacksburg, Mike Young did something very smart: he hired Mike Jones away from DeMatha High.

Jones has been there since succeeding his own legendary coach, Morgan Wooten, nearly 20 years ago.

He’ll give Virginia Tech a huge leg up in the DMV and all over Northern Virginia, which Young alluded to in his comments about the hiring, saying this: “It was certainly a consideration. We have to have a presence … in the District of Columbia, Baltimore and Northern Virginia, [and] the beach.”

“That can be complicated, the basketball world in that area. And he has great relationships with everyone up there. Everybody thinks a lot of Coach Jones.”

If everything works out, this could be a particularly brilliant hire.