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Certainly if we see the same performances as this year minus Mason and Rivers, it'll be a rebuilding year (though still a sure-fire tournament team, of course). But I'd expect big jumps from guys like Gbinije, Cook, Murphy, and Marshall, and continued improvements from the veterans. And I'd hope for Sulaimon to be an impact player as his top-15 recruit status would suggest.
And maybe we'll get lucky in landing 1 or 2 of the recruits we're in the market for at this point.
...but I haven't seen the "Mason Plumlee is entering his name in the draft but not hiring an agent" tweet/article/ etc.
Link to that anyone?
I'm not arguing that that's not eventually what will be happening. But "testing the waters" is both a general comment on what a player is doing (gathering info, etc) and a very specific set of facts re: a player (declares for the draft w/o an agent). I'm not sure which one it is right now.
Might not Mason's decision depend on what Austin does?
There are a number of ACC teams that gave us issues last year and I see the team as currently constituted, with Austin and Mason both gone, as weaker than last years team. Others getting stronger while we rebuild, that certainly raises the question of us getting into the tournament.
My point is that until I see it confirmed by another source, JWill's tweet appears to me to refer to "testing the waters" as the generic term for seeking information about his stock in the NBA, not the specific "Testing the waters" period."
At Duke, the point of no return for entering the draft has been putting your name in, not hiring an agent. All i'm saying is that that has not yet been reported.
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Additionally, if Barnes and Henson leave with Zeller (and possibly Marshall) UNC is rebuilding too. FSU is rebuilding too (MUCH more so than we will be). NCST (if Leslie stays) could be the favorite to win the ACC.
Coach K on Kyle Singler - "What position does he play? ... He plays winner."