The Atlantic Coast Conference is widely regarded as the best conference in college basketball. However, some of the ACC's top scorers have struggled to enjoy the same success scoring in the NBA.
With data taken from sports-reference.com (data here), here is how the top ACC scorers over the last 10 seasons have fared at the professional level.
1. J.J. Redick, Duke, 2006 - 26.8 PPG
The sharpshooter from Duke lit up the ACC during his senior year in 2006 by scoring 26.8 points per game. Almost nearly as impressive were the 3.9 3-pointers he hit in each game on 42% from downtown. Redick's exploits his senior year earned him the Naismith Award, Wooden Award, and several other awards as the national player of the year.
Redick's scoring prowess has not translated in the NBA. After being selected 11th overall in 2006 by the Orlando Magic, Redick has averaged just 8.0 PPG in his professional career. However, he continues to improve and had his best season last year averaging 11.6 PPG while hitting 42% from 3-point range.
2. Tyler Hansbro, UNC, 2008 - 22.6 PPG
Most people remember Tyler Hansbro as a physical banger, but the big man was also a dominant scorer in college and averaged 22.6 PPG on 54% shooting his junior year. Hansbro's play in the 2008 season earned him the Naismith, Wooden, and many other awards.
Hansbro was drafted 13th overall by the Indiana Pacers in 2009. In three NBA seasons he has averaged 9.9 PPG as a key member of the Pacers' second team. 2012 was a step backward for Hansbro, however. In 2011 he averaged 11.0 PPG on 47% shooting, but regressed in 2012 to 9.3 points on just 41% FG.
3. J.J. Redick, Duke, 2005 - 21.8 PPG
Redick's amazing senior season was prefaced by a dominant junior season in which he averaged 21.8 PPG. Redick shot just 41% from the field as a junior, but he lived the old motto "when a shooter is hot, he keeps shooting. When a shooter is cold, he keeps shooting until he gets hot." Without a doubt, J.J. Redick is a shooter.
4. Terrell Stoglin, Maryland, 2012 - 21.6 PPG
Just a sophomore when he averaged 21.6 PPG in 2012, Terrell Stoglin seemed to have a bright future in store. However, Stoglin was suspended for one-year from the Maryland team CBS reported to be a violation of the school's Code of Conduct, likely a third failed drug test. In light of the suspension, the Maryland gunner declared for the 2012 NBA draft, but Stoglin ultimately went undrafted.
5. Toney Douglas, Florida State, 2009 - 21.5 PPG
Toney Douglas spent three years at Florida State and in his senior year in 2009 he had a fantastic season, scoring 21.5 PPG shooting nearly 45% from the field. Douglas showed flashes of his all-around game during his days at Florida State by leading the ACC in steals in 2008 with 2.6 SPG and finishing 10th in the ACC in total assists in 2009 with 102.
Douglas was drafted 29th overall in 2009 and has spent three season with the New York Knicks. Just like the other recent ACC scoring leaders, he has found his niche but is not a big scorer in the NBA. Through three professional seasons he has averaged 9.0 PPG on just 41% FG.
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