ACC Basketball: The Go-to Guy on Each 2012-13 ACC Team

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

ACC Basketball: The Go-to Guy on Each 2012-13 ACC Team

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    Every college basketball team has a single player to rely on when the game is on the line, and the 12 teams that play in the ACC are no different.

    It may be someone who can nail an outside jumper. It might be a player who you clear out for so he can go one-on-one. Or it might be a big who can post up and do work on the block.

    The following is a quick look at every 2012-13 ACC team's go-to guy.

Ryan Anderson (Boston College Eagles)

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    BC had a grueling 2011-12 season (9-22; 4-22 in the ACC), but Ryan Anderson had an outstanding freshman season.

    Anderson was the Eagles' leading scorer (11.2 ppg) and rebounder (7.4 rpg).

    He joined Duke's Austin Rivers as the only two unanimous selections to the conference's All-Freshman team.

    Anderson is a face-up power forward that has no problem stepping out to knock down shots from the elbow or beyond the arc.

    Watch for Anderson to elevate his game in his sophomore year as the Eagles get things back on track in '12-13.

Devin Booker (Clemson Tigers)

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    Devin Booker has all the tools to become one of the best bigs in the ACC.

    Booker is the Tigers' top returning scorer (10.5 ppg) and rebounder (7.0 rpg).

    The 6'8", 245 lb rising senior has improved every season.

    He should be the featured low-post option for Clemson as they look to jump to the upper half of the conference standings.

Seth Curry (Duke Blue Devils)

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    Seth Curry is ready to have his second breakthrough season.

    His first came as a freshman at Liberty University, when he was the Flames' leading scorer (20.2 ppg).

    Curry was the Blue Devils' leading assist man in '11-12 (2.5 apg) and is their top returning scorer (13.5 ppg).

    In his first two seasons at Duke, Curry has shared the featured scorer's role with Nolan Smith and Austin Rivers.

    And even though Curry may be joined in the Blue Devils backcourt by freshman shooter Rasheed Sulaimon, look for the senior from Charlotte to blow up in '12-13.

Michael Snaer (Florida State Seminoles)

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    As long as Michael Snaer is on the court, good things can always happen for Florida State.

    He is one of the most well-rounded players in the league.

    He not only led the Seminoles in 2011-12 in scoring (14 ppg), free-throw percentage (84.6 percent) and three-point percentage (40.4 percent), but he was also selected for the ACC All-Defensive Team.

    Snaer is fearless with the ball in his hand, knocking down game-winning shots against Duke and Virginia Tech.

    The 6'5" combo guard will help the 'Noles compete for their first ACC regular season championship in school history.

Robert Carter (Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets)

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    Can an incoming freshman be considered a team's go-to guy?

    Robert Carter may be the ACC's next player to fill that role.

    The 6'8", 250 lb power forward combines size, strength and skills to impact the game at both ends of the court.

    The Yellow Jackets are counting on Carter and his old-school, low-post game to help them improve on their 11-20 record (4-12 in the ACC).

Nick Faust (Maryland Terrapins)

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    Nick Faust was ready to be Terrell Stoglin's sidekick in 2012-13.

    But after Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer, was suspended for the upcoming season and then left school to enter the 2012 NBA draft, Faust moved from being Robin to Batman.

    Faust, the Terrapins' top returning scorer (8.9 ppg), was selected to the ACC's All-Freshman team.

    His length helps him rise above most defenders to knock down shots.

Kenny Kadji (Miami Hurricanes)

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    Kenny Kadji is a good example of why you shouldn't plant a player down on the block just because he's big (6'11", 250 lbs).

    The rising senior, face-up power forward hit 41.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc (best on the team) last season on his way to being the Canes' No. 2 scorer (12.3 ppg).

    Kadji used his athleticism to lead Miami in blocks (1.6 bpg).

    Miami has a nice returning cast that could translate into a team that could challenge for the ACC title in 2012-13.

James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina Tar Heels)

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    James Michael McAdoo played most of last season behind two of the best bigs in college hoops: Tyler Zeller and John Henson.

    Because both Zeller (graduating) and Henson (early entry) won't be back in Chapel Hill for the 2012-13 season, McAdoo will have a chance to shine.

    The 6'9" rising sophomore gave the Tar Heel nation a preview of what he could do by playing starters minutes at the end of the season.

    McAdoo started for a few games towards the end of the season when Henson was injured.

C.J. Leslie (North Carolina State Wolfpack)

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    One of the reasons NC State made their run to the Sweet 16 last season was because of C.J. Leslie's emergence as a sophomore.

    Leslie led the Wolfpack in scoring (14.7 ppg), field-goal percentage (52.5 percent) and blocks (1.6 bpg).

    He was a 2012 Second Team All-ACC selection and should be one of the best frontcourt players in the conference. 

    If Leslie builds off of his last five games performance of the 2011-12 season, he very well could be up for the 2013 ACC Player of the Year award.

Joe Harris (Virginia Cavaliers)

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    Joe Harris is ready to fill the scoring void left behind by the departure of Michael Scott.

    Harris is the Cavs' top returning scorer (11.5 ppg) and best three-point shooter (38 percent).

    The 6'6" guard is an efficient shooter who knows how to create his own shots.

Erick Green (Virginia Tech Hokies)

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    James Johnson, the Hokies' new head coach, has to be ecstatic that Erick Green is returning for his senior season at Tech.

    Green led Virginia Tech in scoring (15.6 ppg), assists (2.8 apg) and steals (1.3 spg) on his way to being a All-ACC Second Team selection in 2011-12.

    The 6'4" combo guard will help the Hokies fight to get back in the upper half of the league's standings.

C.J. Harris (Wake Forest Demon Deacons)

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    One of the few bright spots for Wake Forest heading into the 2012-13 season is the consistently strong performance of rising senior guard C.J. Harris.

    Harris led the Demon Deacons in both scoring (16.7 ppg) and three-point shooting (42.2 percent).

    Harris was a 2012 All-ACC Third Team selection and will be one of the top players in the conference.

    While Wake may not be ready to jump up to the upper half of the conference standings, the Deacons should be better as they look to improve on their 13-18 record (4-12 in ACC).