G Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
A.D. Vassallo is gone, which means Delaney will have to shoulder even more of the load in Blacksburg if the Hokies are to reach the NCAA tournament.
G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
After dabbling with the prospect of turning pro, Vasquez came back to College Park to be one of the nation’s top guards.
F Kyle Singler, Duke
The Blue Devils thrived in the past featuring perimeter-oriented big men. Singler’s all-around skill set might be the conference’s best.
F Trevor Booker, Clemson
Booker’s presence in the paint ensures the Tigers will be a viable postseason team despite massive backcourt losses from last year.
F Ed Davis, North Carolina
The sophomore toiled in the shadow of Tyler Hansbrough and others last year. No more. In a frontcourt filled with pro prospects, he might be in for the best season of them all.
FOUR KEY NEWCOMERS
Tony Bennett, Virginia
The Cavaliers replaced Dave Leitao with former Washington State coach Tony Bennett, the latest attempt to return Virginia to national relevance. It’ll take some time, especially as the Cavaliers adjust to a more methodical, defense-oriented approach. But a run much like Herb Sendek’s at N.C. State is a possibility for the long term.
Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech