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October 20, 1:20 PM ET
ACC Media Day chat!

  (9:30 AM)

Good morning everyone! We've got Wake's Jeff Bzdelik here to chat!

dave (boston)

what will be the keys to the season this year to a successful season!

Jeff Bzdelik
  (9:32 AM)

How fast our freshmen grow up. Five out of our 10 scholarship players are freshmen. The sooner they understand the physicality and speed of this game, the better we will be. How long that will take, we will see. Our schedule is competitive right from the opening tip. With a young team counting on young players, you see how I answer this question the way I do. Another key will be how we rebound the basketball. We have talent. The sense of urgency and the physicality of this game, especially when the ball is on the glass.

Fred (Chicago)

how has the recruiting trail been so far?

Jeff Bzdelik
  (9:33 AM)

Obviously, it's against the rules to comment specifically on players, but at the same time, we've made some tremendous inroads with some really talented players. We have one committment. We hope soon to have a couple of more here. With a very young team, we only have one senior and with a team that's talented, we're looking to build on that.

kevin (va)

any games you're looking forward to this year?

Jeff Bzdelik
  (9:35 AM)

The typical coach speak is how I'll respond. Each and every single game, to me, has NCAA tournament implication. You can't give that committee any reason to not select you. You also must have quality wins both on the road and at home. Getting better every day and striving to win is critical. We all know there are certain games from a standpoint that are more meaningful than others. We get that. But with this young team we just take it one day at a time.

henry (buffalo)

who are the teams to watch in the ACC this year?

Jeff Bzdelik
  (9:36 AM)

I think Duke is, in the eyes of most of the media and fans is very capable of winning a national championship again. Virginia Tech is returning a lot of veterans and seniors. FSU. It's a league that's so well talented from top to bottom that anyone can beat anyone. We know that. Duke is a team, though that can get to the forefront and win a national championship.

Chris (nyc)

what are you selling the recruits on?

Jeff Bzdelik
  (9:39 AM)

There are many, many things to sell. First of all, Wake is No. 1 in the ACC in men's basketball since 1999, graduating 100% of our seniors. Wake Forest, you combine that percentage with academic excellence. A Wake degree is second to none. We have great tradition. We have great fan support. Couple that with I have a great basketball staff. I have Mark, who played in the NBA. Rusty has a world championship ring with the Bulls. We have a great staff that can develop a young man, not only as far as basketball, but in life. There are so many things to sell, I can go on and on.

Willie (SF)

How is the team gelling with so many young players?

Jeff Bzdelik
  (9:40 AM)

They're really coming together nicely. The five freshmen that came in and were a nationally ranked recruiting class created a bond over a year ago. They really care about one another. They carry that over to the court. They play well with one another. Yes, they lack experience, but they don't lack enthusiasm. They're naive in some ways, in a good way, they're competitive and they're talented. It becomes a very good thing.

  (9:45 AM)

Thanks Coach! Next up is Sidney Lowe from NC State!

fred (ala)

what are you looking forward to this season?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:46 AM)

I think I'm looking forward to this group of guys just coming together. We're a different team this year with our personnel and our style of play will be different. I'm excited to see how we handle that. I'm looking forward to this group. We've just started, but I've been impressed with their effort and they're talking about doing things together.

dave (boston)

a few years down the road, what do you expect?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:48 AM)

With this group, down the road, as a coach, you really don't say this a lot, but I expect big things from this group. It's been a long time since we've had collectively a group of players like this. With our backcourt, it's been a long time since we've had two players who are not just facilitators for themselves but for the other players on the court. They're going to do something real special.

dave (chicago)

how have practices been going?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:49 AM)

Practice has been going great. The guys have been very competitive. It's the first time in my tenure here that we've been able to have that kind of competition at all five positions. To see Javy and Lorenzo and CJ and all of them going at each other. It's nice to see the competition in practice.

chris (nyc)

what are you expecting from the ACC this year?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:50 AM)

The ACC is always going to be tough. Just the history of it. We still have teams that are going to compete for national championships. We have teams that are capable of getting there again. We don't have any easy games. Each year you're going to see a team that has maybe the 12th best record, but they have a win over one of the top teams. When you look at the players coming into the league this year, we've got some of the top players coming in and that's tough.

Chris (Alabama)

How is the chemistry so far in the early practices?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:52 AM)

The chemistry has been great. That's one of the most enjoyable things is watching our guys interact, not just on the court but off. On the court, they're going against each other extremely hard, but at the same time, they're cheering each other on. They do things together off the court, which is different than what we've had in the past.

Sidney Lowe
  (9:52 AM)

We haven't played a game yet, so we'll have to see what happens when one guy doesn't get as many shots as he'd like to. But I don't see any problems.

carl (la)

how ar ehte recruits?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:53 AM)

Recruiting is going well. We're involved with some pretty good players for next year and the year after that that we've been able to get in on early. It's taken a while for that to happen. You come into this position and it's hard to get that junior or senior because there have been schools interested in him all along. We're on track right now with some great players.

Mike (Ohio)

Sidney, would you mind sharing some thoughts about your former coach, Jim Valvano?

Sidney Lowe
  (9:54 AM)

Playing for Coach V was a great experience. Not only was he a great basketball coach, he was a great man. THat's what I took a lot from that relationship, he mentored off the court as well. But he allowed me to show my strengths as a player and that gave me the confidence to lead the team. IT was a great experience.

Sidney Lowe
  (9:55 AM)

Thanks for all of your support. Hang in there with us and cheer the guys on.

  (9:57 AM)

BC's Steve Donahue is up next.

David (New York)

Coach Donahue, what about BC are you selling to recruits? As alums we know BC has so much to offer.

Steve Donahue
  (10:01 AM)

Its a few things but first and foremost I want students to know that we are a top 30 academic school in the country. It also helps that we are in a great city like Boston and we play in the ACC.

Billy (Boston College)

Coach Donahue, very hapy that you have joined the program. As a 2010 grad I'm looking forward to coming out to Conte Forum already. How are the players adjusting from the flex to your style of offense? Any players standing out?

Steve Donahue
  (10:03 AM)

Thanks for the excitement for our program. I don't think I cold have asked more of our guys to learn the new system. I think that you'll see are guys playing with a lot more freedom in our half court offense as well as our run game. You will also see the use of the three point line more often.

Willie (SJ)

How was Midnight Madness?

Steve Donahue
  (10:05 AM)

Willie, we have wanted to call IceJam. It's the first time in the country where we will have the national championship ice hockey team on one side and the basketball teams on the other side. Both of the men's and women's team for each sport will be there. It should be a good time for the fans. IceJam takes place on Tuesday Oct. 26. Hope to see you there!

David (Boston)

Coach, I like to see games at the arena there on campus. From a fans' perspective the facilities look good. From your perspective, what do you think?

Steve Donahue
  (10:06 AM)

I think Conte Forum is a terrific place to watch college basketball. It seats about 9,000, so it's not too big. I think it allows fans to get an up close and personal feel for the game. The one thing that I I think we could work on is getting the fans more involved and getting Conte Forum to be one of the toughest places to play in the ACC.

David (New York)

What about IceJam next week are you excited about?

Steve Donahue
  (10:08 AM)

That's a good question. We are giving away a BMW, so I'm really excited about that. But I'm most excited about seeing how much the students are fired up for the upcoming season.

Dave (Boston)

What ha has been the biggest adjustment from the Ivy League to the ACC?

Steve Donahue
  (10:09 AM)

Terrific question. I spent 20 years in the Ivy League and only five months in the ACC. The things we did in the offseason in the Ivy League weren't big news stories like they are in the ACC. Once I sign a recruit its front page news right alway. It wasn't always like that in the Ivy League.

Steve Donahue
  (10:10 AM)

Thanks for chatting with me this morning. Look forward to the support this season.

Brad Brownell
  (10:15 AM)

Just looking forward to a great ACC season and my first with the Clemson Tigers. Let's start!

Gregory (FL)

What do you think will be the biggest adjustment to the ACC?

Brad Brownell
  (10:17 AM)

I think the biggest adjustment is going to be the challenge of winning road games. A few teams get those kinds of wins and that puts pressure on a team to win home games. We have to protect our home court and get some wins on the road in this tough ACC conference.

Chris (Virginia)

Coach, how do you plan to deal with so much youth and get them ready to play in 2011-2012?

Brad Brownell
  (10:19 AM)

Anytime you take over a job, you don't have one, two or three freshman, most of your team is made up of freshmen. We only have two seniors on our team and we as coaches have to be demanding of their work effort. We have to be patient in allowing them to grow and learn the system. That can be very challenging for coaches throughout the season.

jerry (atlanta)

Coach, im looking foward to a great season of Clemson Basketball!! I know its tough to fill Trevor Booker's shoes, but do you see Devon stepping up and being that go to player?

Brad Brownell
  (10:21 AM)

It's going to be tough for one person to fill Trevor's shoes but I do think Devon is the most logical player to take that step. He has all the physical tools, he runs the floor well, he's strong and he has the skills. Now he just has to establish himself as a leader. He has the ability to be the next great inside player at Clemson.

Jeffry (Texas)

You come to a league with many great coaches and great teams. How are you going to try and make your stamp on this league?

Brad Brownell
  (10:22 AM)

I don't think you can worry about what other teams are doing in this league. We have to focus on Clemson. We have to recruit young players that fit the Clemson style. We have to establish the level of work and get these kids to play at their highest level. We have to get guys who are committed to what we are trying to do.

Matt (IN)

Coach, we share a hometown. On behalf of the people from Evansville I just wanted to wish you the best of luck for a great season at Clemson (you could start by winning AT Carolina)

Brad Brownell
  (10:24 AM)

(Laughing) In our state, when you refer to Carolina they are talking about South Carolina but when they are talking about ACC play they are talking about UNC. We have both of them on our schedule this season and both are away games. Hopefully we will be able to pull out wins against both teams. Thank you for the thoughts. I just want to thank you Matt and everybody from my home town in Evansville for the support.

  (10:29 AM)

Next up is Coach K from Duke!

John (Odenton, MD)

Coach, how do you get the returning guys motivated to put their success from last year in the rearview and begin to pursue another championship?

Coach K
  (10:33 AM)

That's a pretty easy thing, really. One, because we have four new guys, three freshmen and Seth Curry. It's not the same group. The main two guys are Singler and Noel. They want to be better players. They want to get to the next level.

John (Charlotte, NC)

Coach K - how will you keep all of your talented backcourt players happy with their playing time? dawkins, curry, irving, thornton, smith, etc.

Coach K
  (10:34 AM)

It's not so much keeping them happy, it's keeping them in a place where they keep getting better. We need to play more people than we did last year. When you have people capable of playing, you play them. The main thing is to adjust your system. We can play faster and sub more. For each of the kids to know that if someone is playing great, they're going to stay in the game, if they started or not.

Philip (Houston, Texas)

I really enjoyed seeing the Blue Devils in Houston last year! In your opinion, Coach, what are the biggest question marks on this year's team in order to reach Houston again?

Coach K
  (10:35 AM)

I think the biggest question marks are how good we can be defensively. We lost a lot in our seniors. They were tough defenders and good communicators. We don't have that toughness in defense and rebounding just yet. Those are the biggest question marks we have.

Matt (IN)

Coach K, I know this is supposed to be about Duke, but can you talk about 2012 for a minute? Do you think you will be able to bring home the Gold again? Best of luck

Coach K
  (10:36 AM)

Right now, it's all college basketball. The fact that we already qualified for the Olympics, really takes the pressure off. Not just this season, but this summer and the possible lockout. It really helps that we won that world championship, in so many ways. Coaching the U.S. Team helps you get better. I'm more prepared to coach Duke now. I've learned how valuable that experience has been for me.

Malik (Statesboro, GA)

Coach, going forward into the current season, who do you feel be your biggest threat of repeating as ACC champs? UNC? Virginia Tech? UMD? Or are you really even concerned about that at all?

Coach K
  (10:38 AM)

I'm glad you added that at the end. I don't think about that. I try not to look at the other teams in the league until January. As a fan, I would know every guy and watch everybody. But teams change so much in November, December. I will take a good close look at them right before conference play. I tell you what, we have some good teams. Chris Singleton played with the select team this summer. I think the league will be really really good.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

would you rather win another NCAA championship, or a gold medal?

Coach K
  (10:39 AM)

I'm going to be selfish. I want to win both. That's not a good decision to make. The fact is that we did win both. That's a lot better than winning just one, even though winning one is great. But you have to be really selfish about those things.

Pete (NC)

Coach K, as a UNC alum, I don't like you. But as a college basketball fan, I respect you for what you've accomplished. Good luck this year with the target on your back.

Coach K
  (10:40 AM)

First of all, Pete, I really like you, no matter who you cheer for. I respect you too for coming here to talk to someone you don't like. We usually have a target on our backs, for the last 25 years or so, we know that we're the other teams' big name. We're somebody's big game. We have to make sure that every game is a big game for us. Living with that for the last 25 years has helped me be a better Team USA coach. I'm able to convey that message to our national team better. All of that is so important.

Coach K
  (10:41 AM)

I like everybody, even if they cheer for someone else. I'm just glad you're a fan of basketball.

  (10:41 AM)

Thanks Coach K! Up next is Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt!

Greg (dallas)

what are the keys to the season?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:46 AM)

We're going to be a high scoring team, so our guards are going to have to be good with the basketball. With our age and experience, I feel like we have a chance to be successful.

Alicia (Texas)

Who do you think has improved the most over the summer?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:47 AM)

We've got two big guys Holsey, and Miller who made great strides over the summer. They red-shirted last year. I feel like they'll provide a big boost to our team.

dave (dallas)

You have A LOT of excited fans here this season. which game are you most looking forward to?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:48 AM)

When you have a team that's trying to change it's style of play, you look to that first game. The schedule as always is going to be challenging. We have some tough home games. There's no one that you look forward to.


how have practices been going?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:49 AM)

It's been going well. Our guys are working really hard. We have a couple of guys out of practice, sick and with a concussion. We'll get back at it Thursday and hopefully they'll be back on the floor.

chaz (sa tx)

Coach do you prefer gas grill or charcoal grill?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:49 AM)

I've whimped out and become a gas grill guy. I do love to grill, but over the years, I've taken the easy way out.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

what produces more pressure, coaching, or valentines day?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:50 AM)

Oh, Valentine's Day all the way. I have a wife and three daughters. Not only is my wife looking for a present, but my kids too!

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

should singler have gone pro?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:50 AM)

No, I think he made a good decision. Nothing wrong can come from staying in school. You expect him to graduate. He'll get bigger and stronger and be more prepared for the NBA.

dave (dallas)

what's a successful season this year?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:51 AM)

Getting back to the tournament. That's our No. 1 goal. At some point here, as we move closer to the first game, that has to be pushed to the background and just get better each day, but as we started this season, we were focused on that.


what has the preseason activieis ben like?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:53 AM)

We do a number of different things to get ready. We get on the track to do some conditioning. Then they do their individual workouts and then there's lifting. It's interesting, because I think the preseason stuff is harder for the players than the regular season. You have three things in the schedule and then in the regular season, you just have practice. I wish we could be more like football and have three weeks of practice before school starts!

Fitz (Buffalo)

Will you be a running team or grind it team this year?

Paul Hewitt
  (10:54 AM)

Definitely a running team. Definitely spread the floor more. Fitz, you'll enjoy watching our team this year.

Paul Hewitt
  (10:54 AM)

I look forward to seeing all of you at our games this year!

  (10:55 AM)

Thanks Coach! Next up is FSU's Leonard Hamilton!

Michelle (Tallahassee, FL)

Coach Hamilton, you have A LOT of excited fans here this season. Of these homes games for us Noles (UF, Ohio St. and Duke), which game are you most looking forward to?

Leonard Hamilton
  (11:01 AM)

I think as a coach you have to not allow yourself to place more emphasis on one game more than another. We have to take each game seriously because we want to win them all.

charlie (altanta)

Its about time to make a run in the tourney. do you think you have the players to do it this year?

Leonard Hamilton
  (11:02 AM)

We feel very confident that we have improved each season in the ACC. In the past two years, we've come up short in the ACC tourney but I think we have the talent this year to not only compete for the ACC title but also have a certain level of success in the NCAA tourney.

Travis (LA)

I've heard some people talk about how FSU could be a team to beat in the ACC this year. How will you handle those expectations?

Leonard Hamilton
  (11:04 AM)

We feel good that people are recognizing the fact that we have been competitive over the past couple of seasons. There are only a few teams in the ACC that have won more conference games than we have. So we have to continue our play our game and get better with each game.

  (11:05 AM)

Thanks coach ...up next, Coach Frank Haith!

Aaron (Durham, NC)

Coach, where do you look forward to playing more, usually? At Duke or UNC?

Frank Haith
  (11:07 AM)

I love them both. Growing up in the state of North Carolina, I get excited everytime I go back. Going to Duke with the Carmon Crazies and walking into the legendary Dean Dome is always is a good feeling.

Stanley (miami)

Do you have the same goals for every season, or do you adjust them based on the team you have?

Frank Haith
  (11:08 AM)

I think we all want to play in the post season every year and that's something we talk about each season. I think with this club, our goal is to play in the NCAA tourney and compete for a national title.

Fred (Alabama)

Miami's been in the league for just a few years now. How do you think the school has benefitted from a basketball standpoint by being in the ACC?

Frank Haith
  (11:10 AM)

It's defiantly helped our recruiting. My first year at Miami was our first year in the ACC. Playing in this conference has helped us upgrade our recruiting and given us the chance to compete in this league by getting top 100 recruits.

Evan (Miami)

Miami is a beautiful city with many things to do. How do you prevent your guys from getting distracted?

Frank Haith
  (11:11 AM)

That's a good question! We talk to our guys a lot about those distractions. They are going to have a good time, I mean we all were college students at one time but they know why they are here. They are here to be a student athlete and that comes first.

Carl (New Orleans)

Miami has had some up and down seasons. How do you go about trying to find that consistency?

Frank Haith
  (11:14 AM)

Its personnel. We have gone to the post season four out of the six seasons I've been here. We have more post season wins than any of the other Miami teams and we've only had one losing season under me. I think it all depends on your personnel. As the players get older and learn the game and our system, we will win.

  (11:14 AM)

Thanks Coach Haith ...up next, Virginia's Tony Bennett.

  (11:15 AM)

Virginia's Tony Bennett is here!

Kyle (VA)

what would you consider a successful season this year?

Tony Bennett
  (11:18 AM)

Certainly, you always have a goal to make postseason play. I think it would be a little bit, and this sounds like a typical coach answer, with our youth and inexperience, I really am thinking building and long term. I just want to play some good basketball. There are the individual goals and having success. But the inexperience to predict anything, I don't know if that's wise. Just getting better. But of course we want to finish as high as possible. We have a good, well, I don't know if that's a good word for it, but a daunting early schedule. Challenging. But it will pay dividends moving forward. That's just the state of our program. We're not at that place yet.

Lou (Orlando)

Whats the most surprising thing about virginia that you were not expecting?

Tony Bennett
  (11:19 AM)

I'm starting my second year here and the town has been so enjoyable. The restaurants, the live music. You might not expect that from a town that size. And the academic reputation. I knoew it was a good school. You know about it, but now talking to people nationwide, how well received it is. I don't know if I'm shocked by that, but it's been cool.

Tony Bennett
  (11:20 AM)

As for basketball, when we had a stretch where we jumped out in the ACC standings, how imposing the homecourt advantage can be. When we were clicking along there, that was exciting to see that's what the future can hold. Then I got a taste of the other side when we went on a 9-game losing streak, but the fans were still really great. They're embracing what we're trying to do for the long range here.

Ryan (Philly)

How how coaching and recruiting in the ACC been different than the PAC-10?

Tony Bennett
  (11:23 AM)

The one thing I noticed in the ACC, there are coaches that had long tenure and programs that were established. Some of the legends of the game coaching in this league. The continuity of the programs and coaches here. Coaching is coaching. But recruiting wise, when you have two dominant teams in the league like Carolina and Duke. You have to know who you can get involved with and who you can't. Everyone asks why can't you get all of the McDonald's All-Americans, but you have to establish some success and build a foundation. We have to know who we are. That's what we talk about here. Who will fit Virginia? You understand pretty quickly who you can get. And everyone is closer here proximity wise.

Joe (VA)

How does Sammy Zeglinski's injury affect the team this early in the season?

Tony Bennett
  (11:24 AM)

It effects us in a big way. He was our leading perimeter player from a game experience side. What that does is if you look at our early season schedule, our young guys are going to have an opportunity and get tested. That should pay dividends in the future. That will be an inexperienced group, but I look at that as a positive. When he comes back, those guys will have had great in game experience. That's why some of the young guys came to Virginia.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

how has having the name tony bennet affected your life?

Tony Bennett
  (11:26 AM)

I've met the singer. When I played college basketball in Green Bay, there was a Packer named Tony Bennett. The singer came in to do a concert, so all three of us got a picture. I'd be in good shape if I had a nickel for every time someone asked me for a song. I was named after an uncle. He passed away and I was named after him, not the singer.

  (11:26 AM)

Next up is Gary Williams from Maryland!

Donald (Boston)

From your perspective, who is the team to beat this year in the league?

Gary Williams
  (11:28 AM)

The team to beat has to be Duke. They're the defending national champions. They're being picked No. 1 in the country, let alone the ACC. North Carolina is up there. NC State. The league is never easy. It just seems like the league brings out the best in the teams each year.

hova8989 (atlanta)

Coach Williams, will the Terps be more aggressive on Defense? I have notice last year that the Terps defense is poor during clutch moments in the game.

Gary Williams
  (11:29 AM)

I think each team develops its own style as you go. Losing the three seniors as we did, we're going to have to be better. We did some things to hide some guys last year. But we're going to try and extend some things. We lost some scoring, so we'll have to break some things to get shots at the other end.

Steve (Houston)

With all of these agent violations that we're hearing about football this year, what are you doing to make sure those kinds of things don't happen with your team?

Gary Williams
  (11:31 AM)

First of all, it's really difficult. You can't be with your players 24 hours a day. Where we live in the DC area, every agent nearly has an office there. The thing you tell your players is the agent can not make any money off of you until you prove how good you are. You tell them to become a better player and not listen to others telling them from the outside what they need to do. That's one thing you do as a college coach, in addition to the basketball things you're supposed to do.

Mark (Ohio)

Coach Williams, I've always liked your coaching going back to the Buckeyes. How does the Terps stack up this year?

Gary Williams
  (11:32 AM)

We lose experience and good players. That's hard to make up for. In terms of playing together as a team, that's what we're going to have to do. Become a cohesive unit and come to play. Have that trust as a team. We're in the process of building that right now.


Coach Williams, what two games on the schedule are you looking forward to most?

Gary Williams
  (11:32 AM)

I'd like to win that first one, to tell you the truth. We're in the Coaches v. Cancer preseason. That first stretch of four games is going to be very difficult.

  (11:33 AM)

Thanks for chatting Coach!

Charles (PA)

Aside from Duke or Carolina, where is the toughest place to play in the ACC?

Seth Greenberg
  (11:35 AM)

Besides VA Tech, I'll say NC State and Maryland. The fans sit right behind the bench at State and Maryland has, shall I say the most interesting fans in the league.

Sarah (Norfolk, VA)

How good can Malcolm Delaney be this season?

Seth Greenberg
  (11:37 AM)

He's the total package. He can shoot, can get to the foul line and he see's the play before it happens. But we need him to get better on the defense end. He sometimes need to understand that less is more. He a great player and I think he will have another great season this year.

James (Richmond, VA)

What is your goal for this VA Tech team?

Seth Greenberg
  (11:37 AM)

Our goal doesn't change from year-to-year. We want to make it to the NCAA tournament and advance.

Randy (NC)

The ACC is such a tough league every year. How hard is it to maintain consistency in such a league?

Seth Greenberg
  (11:39 AM)

It's extremely difficult. For us, we've been able to recruit four-year players and groom them to be the best players on the court. It's a very fine line between winning and losing in this league.

Pat (Richmond)

Coach Greenberg, I know all the Hokie fans were sad to hear about JT Thompson and we hope he recovers well. Is there any update on Allan Chaney's condition, or is it the same as it was? We're still really excited about this team!

Seth Greenberg
  (11:40 AM)

JT is the energizer bunny for this team and he will be missed. His recovery is coming along well. Chaney has made progress but there are other issues and concerns that we have before we can clear him to compete

Alex (Baltimore)

Which of the newcomers has been most impressive in practice thus far?

Seth Greenberg
  (11:41 AM)

Sorenson has looked good. He's a kid that can help us out on the offensive end immediately. Garland is also a player that can come in and make an impact right out the gate. I think our young players have a chance to contribute to out team this season.

Seth Greenberg
  (11:43 AM)

Thanks for the chat. Looking forward to the upcoming season!

  (11:43 AM)

Thanks Coach ...up next, UNC's Roy Williams!

Larry B (Baltimore)

Coach who do you think is the most dangerous player in the ACC this year?

Roy Williams
  (11:49 AM)

Wow, there are a lot. Irving, Singler of Duke, Leslie of NC State, Delaney of VA Tech just to name a few. It all depends on which team we are playing that night because each team has at least one dangerous player.

Matt (Nashville)

Coach, I hated to see you go through that type of season last year. What do you think is the biggest key to rebounding from that type of year and how good do you think UNC can really be this year?

Roy Williams
  (11:50 AM)

Thank you, I hated to see it also. We need to stay healthy; we only have 10 scholarship players on the roster this season. Last season, scoring was a big problem for us but with this year's team, I think we will be able to score for freely. We have a group of kids that can get to the basket, shoot from the outside and score inside.

Nick (Virginia Beach)

Coach Williams, do you forsee Harrison Barnes playing in the post at all, barring any injuries?

Roy Williams
  (11:52 AM)

Harrison is a skilled offensive player and we will post him up against smaller guys. He his primarily a premier player but he will get time in the post depending on who is guarding him.

Roy Williams
  (11:52 AM)

Harrison is a skilled offensive player and we will post him up against smaller guys. He his primarily a premier player but he will have post time depending on who is guarding him.

Nick (Virginia Beach)

Coach Williams, has any particular player stepped up thus far in practice as a vocal team leader?

Roy Williams
  (11:53 AM)

I thought Will Graves was going to be a fantastic leader for us but as you know he's no longer with our team. Now I see Tyler Zeller and Larry Drew will stepping up and being leaders of this team. Harrison Barnes is also vocal player and will step up when needed.

Sean (Blacksburg)

Coach Williams, beside Duke which ACC teams do you see as the toughest games this season?

Roy Williams
  (11:54 AM)

I think VA Tech with all five startes back will be a tough team. NC State has a well rounded team. Overall, there are a lot of teams in the ACC will be tough. I wouldn't want to see any ACC team on a night that I'm not playing well.


Coach, what are the keys to challenging Duke for the ACC title this season?

Roy Williams
  (11:55 AM)

The number one thing for us is to stay healthy. Next we have to score and rebound. I think this season we will be a better scoring team than last season's team but it's always tough to beat a Duke team. We have to come with our A game.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

what is your strategy to prevent one and done type players aka mr Wall?

Roy Williams
  (11:57 AM)

I don't have a strategy to prevent them. Marvin Williams and Brandon Wright both left after one season and they were both great players as well as great students. Marvin won a National Championship his freshman year. At UNC, we have to recruit the best players. Both one and done and four year players.

John (Cincinnati)

HOF Coach Roy Williams, I think the signing of Knox is huge to give some guys rest and he can take up space down low. How do you feel about your young guards and the pressure of playing in the ACC?

Roy Williams
  (11:58 AM)

I think you're right; Justin will help us up front. Our freshmen are gifted but they are inexperienced. We understand that there will be some ups and downs and they have to understand the too. When down, we have to keep pushing. That's the only way to get through it.

  (12:01 PM)

Thanks Coach Williams. Thanks to all the ACC coaches that joined us today.

  (12:02 PM)

We're going to take a short lunch break and then be back this afternoon for some ACC players. The first is Maryland's Jordan Williams at 1:20 p.m. ET!

sean (college park)

j-will, what have you added to your game in the offseason to make you the best big man in the ACC this year?

Jordan Williams
  (1:20 PM)

I think the most important things I worked on was my conditioning and my free throws.

Lisa (College Park, MD)

Which ACC team do you look forward to playing each year?

Jordan Williams
  (1:21 PM)

I always look forward to playing Duke. Going to Cameron Indoor with the Crazies is always a good time. I'm also good friend with Nolan and it's always good to play against him.

Brandi (Newark, DE)

I know Coach Williams is a great guy off the court but how is he on the sidelines?

Jordan Williams
  (1:22 PM)

He's really into every play. On the court and off he's always trying to get the best out of you. ON the court he wants us to play hard and give all we have. On the sidelines, he makes sure we are watching the game and understanding what's going on.

Leo (Washington, DC)

As player, what attreacted you most to the ACC?

Jordan Williams
  (1:23 PM)

It's a very powerful league. It's one of the top conferences in the country. Being able to play against the top teams in the nation night in and night out is always a huge advantage.

Danny (New York)

Jordan, are you ready to take on more of a scoring role in the Terps offense this year and how are those free throws coming along?

Jordan Williams
  (1:24 PM)

Yes, this year I know my team will be looking for me more this year now that our top scoring Greivis Vasquez is gone.

James (Maltimore, MD)

Maryland had a good run in the ACC last season. What can we expect for this season?

Jordan Williams
  (1:26 PM)

The same thing. We have a lot of vetern guys coming back that have the ACC experice. If those guys can help the younger guys understand what it takes to play in the ACC, I think we will have a good season.

Jeremy (Raleigh, NC)

Jordan How Do You Think The ACC Competition Is This Year With All The Great Recruiting Classes This Year ?

Jordan Williams
  (1:27 PM)

I think it will be pretty good. A lot of teams including our team have top players coming in so it should be a fun season.

Jordan Williams
  (1:27 PM)

Thanks to everyone for the questions. Go Terps!

  (1:28 PM)

Thanks Jordan ...up next is Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney.

Pat (Richmond, VA)

Malcolm, great to have you back for another year! What have you been working on most in the offseason?

Malcolm Delaney
  (1:34 PM)

Just being a better point guard, being better on and off the court and making my teammates happy.

Sammy (PG County, MD)

People say that you have a "Baltimore" style of play. What does that really mean?

Malcolm Delaney
  (1:35 PM)

It's like having a underdog mentality. Not playing with a chip on my shoulder and working hard to be better than the next player. Just doing what I can for us to win.

Tim (VA Beach, VA)

As a senior, what are your goals for your final season of ACC play?

Malcolm Delaney
  (1:36 PM)

The first is to win the ACC title, second winning POY and thrid make it to the NCAA tourney.

Kim (B-More)

Malcolm, do you think that you will be the ACC's top scorer again this season?

Malcolm Delaney
  (1:36 PM)

Yes, I think so but I want to led the league in assist too.

Tommy (Blacksburg)

Malcolm, looking forward at the season, who is the the non-acc opponent you most look forward to playing against?

Malcolm Delaney
  (1:37 PM)

I'll say Mississippi State. We play them in the Bahamas this year and that's somewhere I'm never been. Should be a good game.

Malik ((Statesboro, GA))

VT is getting more love in the preseason polls than I'm used to seeing, and people are now expecting big things from VT, even w/o the expansion, like a pretty decent seed come MM time. How do you focus on that, if at all?

Malcolm Delaney
  (1:38 PM)

We go about our noraml task. We work as hard as we can to be the best. We don't worry about the preseason stuff. We just want to be in the mix and the end of the season. That's what really matters.

  (1:39 PM)

Thanks Malcolm for the chat. Next we have Duke's Kyle Singler.

Ben (Charlotte, NC)

Will Duke repeat as National Champions?

Kyle Singler
  (1:51 PM)

We lost a lot from last year but with the guys we have coming in the year, I think we can do it.

Joe (NYC)

For Kyle Singler... You had such a great run last year, but if thier was a team or player that you was looking forward to beating this year who would it be?

Kyle Singler
  (1:52 PM)

We are going out to Oregon to play and I look forward to playing against my brother.

Mia (Greesboro, NC)

This is your fourth season of the Duke-UNC battle. Who will this season's matchup play out? Duke 2-0, UNC 2-0 or split?

Kyle Singler
  (1:53 PM)

I'm going to say Duke 2-0. We have a lot of experience and I think they will give us the edge.

Jordan (Atlanta)

Kyle, do you see your role being a little more post-oriented this year with your experience and toughness in the paint, or will you stay around the perimeter for the most part?

Kyle Singler
  (1:54 PM)

Since we have a lot of guards this year, I see myself playing as a combo 3-4. It all depends on the coaches preference.

oz (raleigh, nc)

What made you want to stay for your senior season after accomplishing the ultimate goal of winning a championship?

Kyle Singler
  (1:55 PM)

I just wanted to experience my senior year. I had a great time last season having won a title and I still feel I have a lot more to learn from Coach K. I also think we can repeat.

Devil (Atlanta)

Kyle,Who will have a bigger impact this year, Seth Curry or Andre Dawkins? How many guards will we see on the floor at the same time?

Kyle Singler
  (1:56 PM)

They can both have an impact on our team. They both do similar things and will bring something to our team. I think both will have a big impact for us this season.

Justin (Boston)

Is Kyrie the best point guard you have ever played with?

Kyle Singler
  (1:56 PM)

Yes he is. He's really talented, he makes plays and he make is teammates better.

Josh Pearson (Shelby, NC)

POY candidate, Kyle Singler, which player for the team is going to make the biggest improvement from last year, or will it be more than one? Word is that the Plumlees are ready to explode.

Kyle Singler
  (1:57 PM)

I'd say both of the Plumlees. They improved a lot on and off the court over the summer.

TJ (North Carolina)

Does Coach K give any evidence of wearing down, losing his excitement for coaching? How much longer do you think he'll do it?

Kyle Singler
  (1:59 PM)

No he doesn't. When he came back from coaching the USA team, he came back with more energy and more ideas. He's ready to go each and everyday.

Warren (Tallahassee)

Whats the toughtest venue you have played in while at Duke? Thanks and good luck this season!

Kyle Singler
  (1:59 PM)

That's a good question because there are a bunch but the top one goes to Clemson.

  (2:00 PM)

Kyle was great! Time for another break but coimg up at 2:45 pm ET is NC State's Tracy Smith so keep those questions coming!

  (2:42 PM)

We've got Tracy!

Joey (South Carolina)

Hey Tracy do you think nc state can have a good of a year as their football team is having?

Tracy Smith
  (2:43 PM)

I think we're going to do similar things as the football team. We have a good recruiting class coming in. With the freshmen and returning players, we have a good chance.

Chris (NC State)

Hey Tracy, I know you were great at the 5 last year. Do you feel like you're ready to play the power forward position this season?

Tracy Smith
  (2:44 PM)

Of course. I think coach Lowe's thing was to move me to the 4 this year. I've been working on my game this summer to get ready for that.

Drew (Raleigh)

Tracy, how is the chemistry on this years team? With 3 highly rated freshmen, are the upperclassmen accepting them with open arms?

Tracy Smith
  (2:44 PM)

We welcomed those three with open arms. They're pretty good kids. I think the chemistry is pretty good on the team right now. We have fun, laugh and we ball with each other. I think the chemistry is good.

Romil (Raleigh)

Tracy, what challenges do you think the team will face trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament?

Tracy Smith
  (2:45 PM)

I think that we have a lot of expectations this year and people are looking for us to do some good things. We'll have to live up to those expectations. With the recruits we have coming in, I think we have a good chance to make it.

jim (medford, oregon)

Tracy, have people around campus turned their focus more toward basketball after the football team has started to struggle after a strong start.

Tracy Smith
  (2:46 PM)

I think the fans are still with the football team right now. They've lost a couple of teams, but I think they could be 7-0. But the basketball fans are really excited too, as we are. We're excited to start and show the people that NC State basketball is turning it around.

DJ (Holly Springs)

Tracy, looking forward to a great season! Outside of Duke or UNC, which road trip are you looking forward to the most this year?

Tracy Smith
  (2:47 PM)

I think Syracuse, I'm waiting on that. They have a big stadium. I'm ready to go get it on. They're looking at 39,000 or 40,000 people in there. We just want to show that we're ready to get it done.

Brad (Atlanta)

Tracy, would you prefer to play the 4 or the 5 this year? Also, the free throws stroke looked good in the Red Rally, what else have you been working on this summer to improve?

Tracy Smith
  (2:48 PM)

I played the 4 in high school, so I'm very comfortable with that. Moving me to the 4 is a great idea. I think I'll probably play it at the next level. By the way, I have been working on my free throws. That can be 3-4 more points on my average, so I spent most of the season working on it.

Brandon (South Carolina)

Tracy, how does it feel that Duke is th ebest team in the country and is going to beat NC State

Tracy Smith
  (2:49 PM)

Well, they did win the national championship, so they're a pretty good team. But you must have forgot that we beat them last year. We'll be coming back for them this year. Be ready!

D Wolf (Raleigh, NC)

@ Tracy Smith...With you moving to the 4, who has looked better at the 5 Deshawn or Vandenberg?

Tracy Smith
  (2:50 PM)

I think both have been doing a pretty good job. Deshawn stands out to me. He works hard. He's diving on the floor. My hat's off to both of them. But come game time, it's coach Lowe's decision on who to put out there.

keithgang (jacksonville nc)

with the help of the incoming freshmen how will help your game plan this year

Tracy Smith
  (2:51 PM)

As a leader and a senior, I just have to tell them the right things to do. When to cut, how hard to cut. With me being a senior, I've told them that this is hard. It's not high school any more. You have hard games every night. You have to stay humble and calm and be ready to play.

Steven (Raleigh)

Tracy, what are your goals this year? Personally, and for the team?

Tracy Smith
  (2:52 PM)

For myself, I haven't made the NCAA tournament since I've been here. I told the team that I would like a graduation present from them, and that's to get to the tournament. As a team, win the ACC tournament. I think we can do that. I'm excited about the season, as much as anybody else.

Tracy Smith
  (2:52 PM)

Be on the look out for NC State basketball. We're back.

  (2:53 PM)

Thanks Tracy! FSU's Chris Singleton is up next and is our final chatter of the day. He'll be here at the top of the hour.

  (2:58 PM)

We have reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Singleton!

Tina (Pine Buff, Ak)

What do you wish to accomplish this season? Where do you see FSU finishing in the ACC?

Chris Singleton
  (2:59 PM)

I think we will finish in the top two or three. I think we will go as far as we want along as we don't have too many mental mistakes.

Michael (Bronx, NY)

What is the one thing that you have learned from Coach Hamilton that makes you the player you are?

Chris Singleton
  (2:59 PM)

I would say my competitiveness. To keep going hard and work toward my goals.

Andy (Jacksonville, Fla)

Chris, we all know Cameron Indoor is a tough place to play, but where else in the ACC is a tough environment?

Chris Singleton
  (3:00 PM)

Clemson and VA Tech are tough places to play in.

Sammy (Deland, FL)

Hey Chris, what team to you get the most hyped to play against?

Chris Singleton
  (3:00 PM)

Duke and North Carolina.

Drew Newbold (Asheboro, NC)

Chris, FSU's basketball program has really shown improvement in the past few years. Any truth to the rumor that FSU could be a sleeper to win the ACC this year??

Chris Singleton
  (3:01 PM)

I believe there is truth to that. We are a talented veteran team and this just might be our season to break out.

Thomas (Highland Falls, NY)

What did you work on during the offseason? Any defensive drills? Will we see you get back-to-back ACC Defensive POY awards?

Chris Singleton
  (3:02 PM)

I worked on all elements of the game especially on my offense. I do think there is a possibility that I will of back-to-back.

Dorian Broadnax (Grand Rapids,MI)

Do anyone see someone other then Duke winning the ACC

Chris Singleton
  (3:03 PM)

I see ourselves winning but the ACC is wide open so you never know.

Trent Thomas (Asheboro, NC)

Chris, This being your senior season, what do you think you will savor the most this year that you know you will miss next year in the NBA?

Chris Singleton
  (3:04 PM)

This is my junior season but I will savor my time with my teammates.


Which Freshman has impressed you the most so far?

Chris Singleton
  (3:05 PM)

Both our freshmen have impressed me. Okaro White and Joey Moreau look to be great players once they learn the system.

Chris Singleton
  (3:06 PM)

Thanks for the questions. Go Florida State!

  (3:09 PM)

It's been a good day with all the ACC basketball chatter. Looks to be another tough season but exciting season. Thanks to all the players and coaches who took the time out to chat!