For the third time this decade, the ACC had only one player taken in the first round. It also happened in 2000 (Georgia Tech's Jason Collier) and 2004 (Duke's Luol Deng).
Those seasons were also the smallest overall draft classes for the ACC. Only two players were drafted in 2000 (Duke's Chris Carrawell was the other)and four total in 2004.
Note the relationship between small draft classes and the conference's strength the following season. In fact, each season after the ACC has had one first-round pick, a conference member has won the national title — Duke in 2001 and UNC in 2005.
Here comes the obvious point — that's good news for you, UNC.
The 2009 draft should be busier for the ACC, who has had at least one player go in the first round every year since 1988, which was the only year since the NBA swallowed the ABA the league didn't have a first-rounder.
UNC alone has seven potential draft picks with at least two — Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson — that will certainly go in the first round. Duke (Gerald Henderson), Clemson (Trevor Booker, K.C. Rivers), Miami (Jack McClinton, Dwayne Collins), Wake Forest (Al-Farouq Aminu) and N.C. State (Courtney Fells, Brandon Costner) could all add to the draft class of '09.