The ACC is always among college basketball's most elite conferences.
As one of the most-televised conferences in the country (thanks in large part to the national following that Duke and North Carolina generate), the ACC is a hotbed for NBA talent and championship-caliber teams.
Seven of the first-round NBA draft picks were from ACC schools two years ago when guys like Ty Lawson, Gerald Henderson, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Teague were around. There may be even more NBA talent in the conference this year with eight ACC players currently projected to go in the first round of the 2011 draft.
Three of the top five scorers from last season have returned for one last hurrah.
There is a ton of incoming talent headlined by Duke's Kyrie Irving and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.
After all is said and done, who are the top players in the conference?
We've ranked them according to what we expect them to accomplish in the upcoming season (not solely based on talent or NBA potential). Click through to find out who comes out on top.