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ACC News and Notes: Ben Middlebrooks from Clemson to NC State, Jack Clark From NC State to Clemson, Louisville, Virginia, Florida State



PITTSBURGH – The ACC transfer portal was in full force Tuesday as Clemson, NC State, Louisville, Virginia, and Florida State made headlines for players committing, visiting, and/or departing various programs.

Clemson Forward Ben Middlebrooks Commits to NC State

Sophomore forward Ben Middlebrooks will stay in the ACC and has committed to Clemson, according to 247Sports. Middlebrooks, 6-foot-10, started seven of 34 games for the Tigers this season, where he averaged 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. In two seasons at Clemson, he shot 51%  from the field and missed all six shots behind the arc he attempted. 

Middlebrooks was a four-star prospect who chose Clemson over Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and others out of high school. NC State lost in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament and continues to shuffle its roster entering the 2023-24 campaign.

NC State Grad Transfer Jack Clark Commits to Clemson

While Middlebrooks went from Clemson to NC State, one Wolfpack player has chosen the opposite route. Grad transfer Jack Clark has committed to play for Clemson, Jon Rothstein reported Tuesday. Clark’s final four teams were down to Villanova, Arkansas, Xavier, and Clemson, which feels like a coincidental 1-for-1 trade between the two ACC teams. 

Clark played three years at La Salle before transferring to NC State. He averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game in over 26 minutes. Clark started 17 of 23 games for the Wolfpack and shot 43% from the floor. The new Clemson guard is an 84% foul shooter and hits under 30% of his attempts from three. Clemson narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament following a strong regular season. 

Louisville’s Roosevelt Weaver Transfers to VCU

Cardinals center Roosevelt Wheeler has transferred to VCU, per On3 Sports. The 6-foot-11 sophomore averaged 1.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in over eight minutes per game in 25 contests. He played two years at Louisville and entered the portal following the team’s worst season in program history (4-28). Wheeler was the No. 43 overall recruit by Rivals in 2019-20 out of Virginia. VCU hired Ryan Odom to replace Mike Rhoades as head coach, who left for Penn State.

Andrew Rohde Commits to Virginia

The Virginia Cavaliers received a major commitment Tuesday. Summit League Freshman of the Year Andrew Rohde will play for head coach Tony Bennett next season, he told On3. The St. Thomas (MN) freshman guard totaled 17.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 26 games (all starts). He shot 45% from the field and 34% behind the arc.

The 6-foot-6 Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was awarded to the All-Summit League First Team and Summit League All-Newcomer Team. Virginia lost to Furman in the NCAA Tournament, did not make the big dance two years ago, and has failed to win a March Madness game since winning the 2019 NCAA National Championship.

Georgetown Transfer Guard Primo Spears to Visit Florida State

Former Duquesne and Georgetown guard Primo Spears will visit Florida State starting April 27, according to 24/7 High School Hoops. A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Spears started all 32 games and scored 16 points per game while shooting 41%. He started 28 of 30 games for Duquesne the previous year and averaged 12.7 points and a team-high 3.0 assists.

Spears shot 30% from three in 90 attempts and 79% at the free-throw line. He scored 511 total points and added 36 steals during the year for Georgetown. Florida State looks to rebound from a 9-23 season and build momentum in the ACC. Spears previously heard from Pitt before transferring to the Hoyas. 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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