ACC Tournament 2013: Top-Flight Scorers to Watch for in Greensboro

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2013

February 12, 2013; Charlottesville, VA USA;  Virginia Cavaliers guard Joe Harris (12) gestures on the court against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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There will be an abundance of future NBA stars on display in Greensboro, N.C. this March as the annual ACC men's basketball tournament gets set to tipoff this coming Thursday.

But only the conference's top-flight scorers will snare the attention of the NBA scouts in attendance. Whether they're lighting it up from downtown, getting to the rim with ease or carrying the scoring load for their respective team, these scorers are worth watching this March.

Here we'll highlight a trio of ACC studs to keep an eye on at this year's ACC Tournament.


Seth Curry, Duke, G

Duke senior sharpshooter Seth Curry is heading into his final ACC Tournament in 2013, and he promises to make an impact as the conference's third-leading scorer.

The younger brother of NBA superstar Stephen Curry, Seth is averaging 17 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field to lead the NCAA Tournament-bound Blue Devils.

But while Curry is able to put the ball on the floor from time to time, he does a majority of his damage playing the role of dead-eye shooter.He's a 44 percent shooter from beyond the three-point line, where more than half of his field goal attempts have come from this season.

Curry is also excellent at drawing fouls. He gets to the line a little over four times per game, and knocks down his free throws at an 81 percent clip.


Erick Green, Virginia Tech, G

Hokies senior guard Erick Green is not only the ACC's leading scorer this season, but he's the nation's leading scorer, averaging 25 points per game for last place Virginia Tech. Green's average is up nearly 10 points per game from a year ago.

The 6'4", 185-pound guard can score in a variety of ways. Green is shooting better than 38 percent from beyond the arc this season, but is even better inside the three-point line—hitting roughly half of his field goal attempts in 2012-13.

Plus, Green, who barely ever sees the bench (playing an average of over 36 minutes per night), is a solid free throw shooter, connecting on about 82 percent of his foul shots this year.

Green's impressive scoring average isn't the product of a few big games either. The senior leader has been incredibly consistent, failing to score at least 21 points in just three games all season long.


Joe Harris, Virginia, G

In the ACC, only Erick Green is scoring more points per game than Virginia's Joe Harris, who is scoring 17.2 points per outing for the Cavaliers.

Harris caught most basketball fans off guard this season, as his sophomore campaign was rather quiet in comparison. 

Harris is not only shooting 50 percent from the floor this season, but he's hitting more than 46 percent of his 3-pointers.

At 6'6", 220 pounds, Harris is one of the most difficult guards to defend in the ACC because of his obvious size and strength.

The junior can get to the rim with his dribble, or pull up from deep and knock down a dagger. A versatile playmaker, Harris is one of the country's top-flight scorers, and a player fans will want to keep an eye on at this year's ACC Tournament.


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