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ACC News and Notes: Joe Girard Withdraws from NBA Draft, Nijel Pack Back to Miami, Daquan Davis, Baye Ndongo to Georgia Tech



PITTSBURGH – Joe Girard, Nijel Pack, Daquan Davis, and Bay Ndongo represent the firepower either joining, changing teams, or returning to the ACC for the 2023-24 season.

Syracuse Guard Joe Girard Takes Name Out of NBA Draft

A few weeks after transferring to Clemson, former Syracuse guard Joe Girard III has taken his name out of consideration for the 2023 NBA Draft. Girard previously announced that he is heading south to Clemson for his final year of eligibility but did clarify his stance on the draft. Girard is one of the best sharpshooters in basketball and shot 40% from the floor and 38% behind the arc last season. He knocked down triples at a 40% clip in his junior year. Girard averaged a career-best 16.4 points and hovered around three rebounds per appearance all four years.

Girard departed Syracuse after Jim Boeheim retired as head basketball coach following 47 seasons. Clemson missed the NCAA Tournament despite a 23-11 overall and 14-6 conference record. He’s been a thorn in the side of opposing ACC teams as a significant scoring threat.

Class of 2024 Recruit Daquan Davis Picking Between Four Teams

One of the top 150 players in the Class of 2024 could be joining the ACC. Daquan Davis will select either Mississippi State, Maryland, Providence, or Notre Dame. According to Joe Tipton and On3, Davis is a three-star point guard from Washington, D.C., and the No. 123 overall prospect. Micah Shrewsberry took over as head coach of the Fighting Irish after guiding Penn State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.

Forward Baye Ndongo Commits to Georgia Tech

Former Rutgers recruit Baye Ndongo has committed to Georgia Tech. Ndongo told Tipton his decision to join the Yellow Jackets. The Class of 2023 power forward ranks No. 120 overall by The 6-foot-8, three-star prospect from Putnam, Connecticut, also received interest from Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona State.

Nijel Pack Withdraws From NBA Draft, Back to Miami

A critical member of Miami’s 2023 Final Four team is returning to the Hurricanes. Nijel Pack has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Miami next season. Pack started all 35 games he appeared in for the ‘Canes and averaged 13.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and recorded 34 steals during the 2022-23 campaign. Pack shot 40% from three as a junior after two seasons at Kansas State. A major offensive force wherever he’s played, Pack averaged 14.6 points per game in his first three collegiate seasons.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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