Top Class?Picking the top class in the ACC wasn't a hard task.
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Rivers is arguably the most complete guard in the country and a guy that is among the top scorers in all of high school basketball. His ball skills are advanced and his jump shot is pure from long range.
When asked about Duke's recruiting class, Rivers said this group could help bring Duke another national championship.
"I think it's stronger than ever," Rivers said. "We are going to be dangerous obviously this year, but especially my year. I truly believe a three-peat could happen. I know it's really early right now, but I think it can happen."
Alongside Rivers will be Cook, a 6-foot point guard. He was forced to showcase his scoring ability playing with DC Assault this past summer, but he's a playmaker that is capable of running a team at the highest level.
|No. 2:||North Carolina|
|No. 3:||Virginia Tech|
|No. 4:||Florida State|
|No. 6:||Boston College|
|No. 8:||N.C. State|
|No. 10:||Georgia Tech|
|No. 11:||Wake Forest|
Throw in Plumlee, a 7-foot big man, and Duke has not only the top class in the ACC, but the No. 2 overall class heading to campus next season.
Other WinnersWhile Duke was the clear cut top class, North Carolina's three-man group of James McAdoo, P.J. Hairston and Jackson Simmons wasn't too far behind.
McAdoo is a top five prospect that keeps getting better. He's an elite athlete that can do it all from the power forward spot. His scoring ability is impressive, as he can score with his back to the basket or by facing up.
Hairston, a standout at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave, is a sniper from behind the arc. He's a consistent threat, has terrific range and is capable of stringing together a run of threes.
Simmons is the third piece to the puzzle. An invited walk-on, the 6-foot-8 big man had plenty of Atlantic-10 and Conference USA interest, but opted to play for the in-state school.
Virginia Tech is the other big winner in the ACC.
|Top ACC Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Austin Rivers, Duke|
|Best Scorer:||Austin Rivers, Duke|
|Best Passer:||Quinn Cook, Duke|
|Best Shot Blocker:||James McAdoo, North Carolina|
|Best Floor General:||Quinn Cook, Duke|
|Best Post Player:||James McAdoo, North Carolina|
|Best Shooter:||Austin Rivers, Duke|
|Best Rebounder:||Dorian Finney-Smith, Virginia Tech|
|Best Athlete:||Bishop Daniels, Miami|
Barksdale, a 6-foot-8 power forward, will help on the interior, while Rankin, a top 15 lead guard, and Brown will boost Virginia Tech's perimeter player.
How Did The ACC Stack Up?Overall the conference has a strong class coming in and ranks No. 3 of the big six conferences.
Combined the conference is bringing in five five-star prospects, 13 four-star prospects and nin three-star players.
Rivers and McAdoo are the top two players entering the conference, and both are ranked in the top five in the 2011 class.