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Cardiac Hill ACC Preview: #12 Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The Demon Deacons are coming in as the 11th ranked team in our ACC Basketball countdown.

Streeter Lecka

Coach - Danny Manning (1st season at Wake Forest, 38-29 record at Tulsa, 1 NCAA tournament appearance)

Arena - Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,665 capacity)

2013-14 Record - 17-16 (6-12 ACC)

Game with Pitt - @ Wake Forest Sunday March 1 6:30

Top Returning Players (Italics = projected starter)

-- Codi Miller-Mcintyre 6'3" JR PG   12.6 PPG  4.2 APG

-- Devin Thomas 6'9" JR PF 11.1 PPG  7.5 RPG

-- Madison Jones 6'1" JR PG  3.3 PPG 2.8 APG

-- Andre Washington 7'0"   JR C  2.3 PPG  1.8 RPG

-- Aaron Rountree III 6'8" JR SF   1.6 PPG 1.5 RPG

-- Miles Overton 6'4" SO SG  2.9 PPG

Impact Newcomers

-- Darius Leonard 6'9" SR PF  Transfer from Campbell

-- Rondale Watson 6'3" FR SG

-- Mitchell Wilbekin 6'1" FR PG three-star on Rivals

The Scoop - Wake Forest will get a new breath of fresh air with Danny Manning taking over the program. He did a nice job at Tulsa in his short tenure there, but will be asked to take a Wake Forest program back to prominence.

The Demon Deacons a are a few years away from being able to compete with the upper echelon of the league. They have some good players in place to at least allow them to stick in a few games this year. Codi Miller-Mcintyre is a very good guard, and had a breakout year last season. He will be tasked to handle the majority of the perimeter scoring.  Devin Thomas is a good power forward that will be asked to do a lot of the work inside.  There is not a lot other than those two.  Look for graduate transfer, Darius Leonard from Campbell, to make an impact.

Final Outlook - Miller-Mcintyre and Thomas are tow good players, but they are lacking in talent everywhere else. Manning will get this program back to being a contender, but it won't happen this year.

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