Ari Stewart picks Wake Forest

September 21, 2008

After narrowing his choices to Wake Forest and Oregon, Ari Stewart (SF, 6’7″, 2009) has decided on the Demon Deacons, joining C.J. Harris in the class of 2009. I think that if Wake was able to keep some of their big time players around for a couple more years, they would be a real powerhouse, but that’s a tall order.

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Dominic Cheek; More ACC targets

July 28, 2008

Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’6″, 2009) is a known player who’s been playing basketball with the U-18 USA Basketball team, and is being recruited heavily by Wake Forest, among many other schools, including Villanova. At one time, it was thought that the sharp shooter would be playing for UNC, but that never materialized, and now Cheek’s recruitment is being watched by fans of several powerhouse schools.

The story of Cheek includes legendary Bob Hurley, coach of fabled St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, and that involved a level of discipline that will help Cheek make it to the next level:

In signing on to play for Bob Hurley’s basketball program four years ago, Dominic Cheek agreed to shave his braids and that no tattoos would appear on his skin. On weekends, the 6-foot-6, 195-pound swingman would have to phone the white-haired disciplinarian from his family’s landline phone by 9 p.m. Much would be sacrificed, but the shooting form — that lock-and-load release — would make him a star.

Cheek has the size of an NBA shooting guard, at 6’6″, and his deep range and scoring ability should give him a legitimate shot at playing pro ball in the future.

Meyers Leonard

Big man Meyers Leonard (PF/C, 6’11”, 2010) is a name that college recruiting fans will start hearing a lot about, as he’s started garnering interest from a lot of big schools. He already has offers from Indiana and Purdue, and he’s getting interest from Kentucky, UNC, Duke, UCLA, Illinois and Texas. We are adding him to our ACC targets list and will continue to track his recruitment.

Ari Stewart

Wake fans are well aware of Ari Stewart (SF, 6’7″, 2009), a player who they are recruiting and have an excellent shot of landing. Although Stewart has offers from Clemson and UNC, he does not seem to be considering those schools as highly as Wake.

Reco McCarter

Southeastern North Carolina has been a hotbed of ACC talent lately, and the latest is Goldsboro’s Reco McCarter (SF, 6’6″, 2010) has made it clear that Wake Forest is the team to beat right now. We’re adding Reco to our ACC targets list as well.

Nik Garcia

Dominic Cheek isn’t the only 6’6″ shooting guard considering Wake Forest. Nik Garcia (SG, 6’6″, 2009), is strongly considering the Deacons as well as the Miami Hurricanes.


Wake Forest Basketball Recruiting

June 23, 2008

So what has Wake Forest been up to after getting a good 2008 class? Even though Wake has no 2009 commits yet, they are actually recruiting several players we’ve mentioned before: Tristan Spurlock (SF,6’6″, 2009), C.J. Harris (SG,6’2″,2009) , Dominic Cheek (6’6″, SG, 2009) and Kenny Boynton(PG, 6’2″, 2009).

Wake is going head to head for several of these recruits with ACC coaches – most notably Boynton, who is likely Duke’s top target for the 2009 class. It seems likely that C.J. Harris will strongly consider the Deacs, as he plays his high school ball only a few miles from the Wake campus. And Cheek recently said Wake Forest was in the mix.

Add in another player: Ari Stewart (SF, 6’7″ 2009) who apparently likes the Deacons but also has offers from North Carolina and Clemson. There is a chance he could play for Wake, but he also may stay in Georgia if he were to get an offer from Georgia Tech.