Thursday, April 2, 2009

HAMBURGER HELPER: NINE MCDONALD’S ACC ALL-AMERICANS

Derrick Favors, F, 6-9, 235, (Georgia Tech), Atlanta: No pressure on the gifted power forward; he only has to lift a Georgia Tech from the ACC basement and save coach Paul Hewitt's job.

Milton Jennings, F, 6-9, 215, (Clemson), Cottageville, S.C.: Clemson's first McDonald's All-American since Sharone Wright (1991) should fit right into the top of Oliver Purnell's press and complement Tigers power forward Trevor Booker.

Ryan Kelly, F, 6-10, 217, (Duke), Raleigh: Tall and skinny, the Ravenscroft forward plays more in the mold of current Duke forward Kyle Singler than as a true post presence.

Dexter Strickland, G, 6-3, 180, (North Carolina), Rahway, N.J.: If Wayne Ellington leaves for the NBA, Strickland likely would be the Tar Heels' starting shooting guard. Like Ellington, Strickland is regarded as an excellent 3-point shooter.

John Henson, F, 6-10, 200, (North Carolina), Tampa, Fla.: The top power forward in the Class of 2009, Henson's strength is his ability to run the floor. With Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis, he gives the Tar Heels plenty of options to replace the departing Tyler Hansbrough.

Mason Plumlee, F, 6-11, 220, (Duke), Arden: Plumlee possess the size to immediately upgrade Duke's interior next season. Like a lot of Duke's forwards, he can also score while facing the basket. (Pictured)

Michael Snaer, G, 6-5, 200, (Florida State), Moreno Valley, Calif.: With Derwin Kitchen sliding over to the point guard, it likely will be Snaer, who averaged 28.1 points per game, to replace All-ACC guard Toney Douglas in FSU's starting lineup.

David Wear, F, 6-10, 225, (North Carolina), Huntington Beach, Calif. …Travis Wear, F, 6-10, 230, (North Carolina), Huntington Beach, Calif.: The Wear twins can both shoot the ball and run the floor. They are the latest in a long line of prospects Roy Williams has mined from the state of California.

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