Balogun, Dixon Named to Preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshmen Elizabeth Balogun and Liz Dixon were named to the preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List by the league’s head coaches as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday. Balogun was also tabbed to the Newcomer Watch List by the Blue Ribbon Panel.

A pair of McDonald’s All-Americans, Balogun and Dixon were two members of the 7th-ranked recruiting class for Georgia Tech. The pair also competed in the Jordan Brand Classic game in Brooklyn, N.Y., in April. Balogun, the USA Today Tennessee Player of the Year, garnered second team Naismith Trophy National High School All-American Team accolades, while Dixon was tabbed honorable mention.

In addition to announcing the preseason All-ACC Team, preseason Player of the Year and Newcomer Watch List, the league released the predicted order of finish from both the Blue Ribbon Panel and head coaches. Georgia Tech was selected to finish ninth by the head coaches and 10th by the Blue Ribbon Panel.

The defending National Champion, Notre Dame was the preseason favorite by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and head coaches. Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame) was picked as the preseason Player of the Year.

Blue Ribbon Panel
Predicted Order of Finish

1.Notre Dame (59)                           927
2. Louisville (3)                                 870
3. Syracuse                                         730
4. NC State                                         671
5. Duke                                                652
6. Miami                                             577
7. Florida State                                  572
8. North Carolina                              462
9. Virginia                                           450
10. Georgia Tech                               432
11. Virginia Tech                               424
12. Wake Forest                                269
13. Pittsburgh                                    157
14. Boston College                            126
15. Clemson                                       121

Preseason All-ACC Team
Asia Durr, Sr., G, Louisville
Janelle Bailey, So., F, North Carolina
Paris Kea, Sr., G, North Carolina
Marina Mabrey, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Arike Ogunbowale, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Jessica Shepard, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, Gr., F, Notre Dame
Tiana Mangakahia, Jr., G, Syracuse
Taylor Emery, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Elisa Penna, Jr., G/F, Wake Forest

Newcomer Watch List
Kiah Gillespie, R-Jr., F, Florida State
Elizabeth Balogun, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
Beatirce Mompremier, R-Jr., F, Miami
Jordan Nixon, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Emily Engstler, Fr., G/F, Syracuse

Preseason Player of the Year: Arike Ogunbowale, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Coaches
Predicted Order of Finish

1.Notre Dame (15)                           225
2. Louisville                                      210
3. Syracuse                                        178
4. NC State                                        165
5. Miami                                            160
6. Duke                                               141
7. North Carolina                             127
8. Florida State                                 124
9. Georgia Tech                                 112
10. Virginia Tech                               108
11. Virginia                                          95
12. Wake Forest                                 57
13. Pittsburgh                                    41
14. Clemson                                        32
15. Boston College                            25

Preseason All-ACC Team
Asia Durr, Sr., G, Louisville
Janelle Bailey, So., F, North Carolina
Paris Kea, Sr., G, North Carolina
Marina Mabrey, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Arike Ogunbowale, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Jessica Shepard, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, Gr., F, Notre Dame
Tiana Mangakahia, Jr., G, Syracuse
Taylor Emery, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Elisa Penna, Jr., G/F, Wake Forest

Preseason Player of the Year: Arike Ogunbowale, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Newcomer Watch List
Elizabeth Balogun, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
Elizabeth Dixon, Fr., F, Georgia Tech
Beatirce Mompremier, R-Jr., F, Miami
Jordan Nixon, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Emily Engstler, Fr., G/F, Syracuse

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