The ACC is widely considered one of, if not, the best college basketball conferences in the country and it was evident on draft night. Nine total players from Duke, Florida State, UNC, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia and Louisville were selected in the NBA Draft and we recapped every pick.
Brandon Ingram No. 2: Brandon Ingram from Duke started off the day for the ACC. Ingram was selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. He has drawn many Kevin Durant comparisons, but the former Duke forward will need to add some muscle to his 190 pound body. He is a solid shooter from beyond the arc and has very high upside as a player. The 6-9 forward averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds at Duke last year.
Malik Beasely No. 19: Malik Beasely from Florida State was the next to go. Beasely was selected No. 19 overall by the Denver Nuggets. DraftExpress.com compares the 6-5 shooting guard to Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns. Beasely averaged 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his freshman season at Florida State.
Malachi Richardson No. 22: Malachi Richardson from Syracuse was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. This trade is currently in talks and he is expected to go the way of the Sacramento Kings. Richardson shined for the Orange in the NCAA tournament last year helping lead them to a final four appearance.
Brice Johnson No. 25: Brice Johnson from North Carolina was next for the ACC. He was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 25th pick. Johnson is incredibly athletic and will be a nice addition to a Clippers team that was first in the NBA in points scored within three feet of the basket. Johnson was a consensus all-american in his senior season at UNC.
Malcolm Brogdon No. 36: Malcolm Brogdon from Virginia was the next ACC player to go. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the front end of the second round. Brogdon was the ACC player of the year last season and is versatile on the court. He will be a ready addition to the Bucks and is a great value in the second round.
Chinanu Onuaku No. 37: Chinanu Onuaku from Louisville was selected by the Houston Rockets right after Malcolm Brogdon. Onuaku is a solid defender, but has an offensive skill set that needs improvement. He is known by many for his underhanded "granny style" free throw shot. The 6-10 big man averaged 9.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his sophomore season at Louisville.
Demetrius Jackson No. 45: Demetrius Jackson from Notre Dame was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 45th pick. He will join a Boston team with a ton of talented guards. His pre-draft rankings varied, but most experts did not expect him to have to wait this long. Jackson averaged 15.8 points per game on 52.5 percent from the field last season.
Michael Gbinije No. 49: Michael Gbinije from Syracuse was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 49th pick. Gbinije was a four year player for the Orange. He is a very balanced athlete who can contribute in a multitude of ways. The 6-7 forward/guard averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game in his senior season.
Marcus Paige No. 55: Marcus Paige from UNC was selected by the Brooklyn Nets who then traded the rights of the pick to the Utah Jazz. He was the last ACC player selected in the NBA Draft. Paige is a real competitor and led Carolina through some very tough times on and off the court. The 6-1 shooting guard struggled from the field last year, but has the skills to compete.