Monday November 3rd, 2014

Last year, when point guard London Perrantes arrived as a freshman, his teammates and coaches worried that the laid-back Californian wasn’t ready for the pace of D-I basketball. “They were on my case about going too slow,” he says. “But now I don’t get any of that.”

It’s easy to see why. The even-keeled, pass-first Perrantes proved a perfect fit for the Cavaliers, a methodical team that ground its way to the program’s first ACC title since 1976. Despite averaging 29.9 minutes as the primary ballhandler, Perrantes had 16 games with no turnovers (including 10 in conference play) while creating open looks for leading scorers Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris. When you average the third-fewest possessions in the country, taking care of the ball is essential. “The moment was never too big for him,” says coach Tony Bennett.

With Harris gone, Perrantes will try to find ways to score off the dribble. Replacing the team’s second-leading scorer, however, will be a collective effort, with more expected from energetic former sixth man Justin Anderson and forward Anthony Gill, who scored in double digits six times last March. “We’ll find a way,” Perrantes says.

He’s in no rush.

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Projected top seven scorers

name pos. class ppg rpg apg o-rating
Malcolm Brodgon G Jr. 13.5 5.5 2.9 113.5
Justin Anderson F Jr. 11.3 4.5 2.3 109.5
Anthony Gill F Jr. 10.2 4.9 0.7 112.5
Mike Tobey F Jr. 9.5 5.5 0.6 111.3
London Perrantes G So. 6.7 2.6 3.8 117.0
Darion Atkins F Sr. 6.6 4.8 0.6 102.3
Evan Nolte F Jr. 5.1 2.2 0.6 113.5

Projected ACC standings

conference rank team projected conf. record last year's conf. record
1 Duke 15-3 13-5
2 Louisville 14-4 N/A
3 Virginia 13-5 16-2
4 North Carolina 12-6 13-5
5 Syracuse 10-8 14-4
6 Pittsburgh 10-8 11-7
7 Notre Dame 10-8 6-12
8 Miami (Fla.) 9-9 7-11
9 Florida State 8-10 9-9
10 N.C. State 8-10 9-9
11 Clemson 7-11 10-8
12 Boston College 5-13 4-14
13 Virginia Tech 5-13 2-16
14 Wake Forest 5-13 6-12
15 Georgia Tech 4-14 6-12

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