Getting into the college basketball spirit, Phenom Hoops is looking around conferences for some of the top players that should lead the charge. In a 2-part series, we take a look at a few players that should be the stars of the ACC in the coming year.
Here are four more names that make our list.
Garrison Brooks – North Carolina
Despite a season to forget last year for the Tar Heels, one could say that Garrison Brooks was the heart and soul of this group and left it all on the court. Seeing an uptick in minutes and becoming one of the go-to options for the Tar Heels, Brooks doubled his numbers into averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. He now looks to return for his senior season and put last year behind him. He will once again be one of the go-to players down low but will be surrounded by talent around him.
Justin Champagnie – Pittsburgh
Many might have not pegged this freshman to have the season he had but the Panthers lost Trey McGowens and Champagnie has a chance to continue his rise, even to being a star in the ACC. He averaged nearly 13 points and seven rebounds per game, shooting 42 percent from the floor and still has room to improve in his 3-point shooting (26.2 percent). He averaged 11 shots per game and that number may increase. He is an effective scorer and if his numbers improve in a few areas, one will certainly find his name near the top of the conference.
Sam Hauser – Virginia
Hauser has the experience of playing over 100 games in his college career and many times, you don’t always find a transfer on this list especially with someone coming into the system at Virginia. But what is key is that he had a year to learn and understand what Tony Bennett wants and with Mamadi Diakite now gone, Hauser steps right in. He brings a better offensive threat, shooting over 45 percent overall and 40 percent from three in the last three seasons. He also brings size at 6’8 that allows him to rebound well. If he has bought into the defensive mentality for Virginia, Hauser looks to lead the charge for the Cavaliers this season.
Aamir Simms – Clemson
Simms looked to see where his draft status stood but eventually announced that he would be coming back for his senior year for Clemson. Now, the Tigers return most of their starters and Simms will look to lead the charge. His numbers continue to improve each and every year, including career-highs last year averaging 13 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. The Tigers though have a lot on intriguing talent but if Simms takes what he learned this offseason and continues to improve his numbers, he certainly could be a star of the ACC this year.