Deacon Dump 11/17: College basketball is awesome.

I just want to be able to sneak out of work and watch hoops all day. Instead, I'll focus on gametrackers. I've been doing gameday staffing for the Browns and there are definitely a lot of cool things involved in that--talking to sportswriters, meeting TV and radio guys, seeing people like John Lynch and Eddie George, pressbox view of the games and locker room access. But I'll be damned if this Browns team is not the most painful and eye-gouge-inducing one I've ever seen. Needless to say, coupled with my marathon weekend, a 3 a.m. bedtime won't help my productivity.

But, who cares about me, let's link it up peeps.

Weekly Wrap: Arkansas' Clarke shows off stroke - CBK News - FOX Sports on MSN
IMPRESSIVE OBSERVATIONS: Two of the nation's top players showed marked improvement in their weaknesses. Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu, who shot 18 percent from long range last season, was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in his first two games.

Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu, Miami's Durand Scott win ACC weekly men's basketball honors - WTKR
The Atlantic Coast Conference has honored Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu and Miami's Durand Scott. The ACC on Monday named Aminu its player of the week while Scott is its top rookie. Aminu averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 64 percent in the Demon Deacons' two season-opening wins.

Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2009-11-16 News Atlanta Hawks
G Jeff Teague finally saw his minutes creep up closer to where he'd normally want them. While he didn't shoot the ball particularly well (2-for-7, four points), he did plenty of other things to keep himself in the team's good graces.

Rivals.com College Football - Monday with Mike: BCS spots opening up
Wake Forest has been to a school-record three bowls in a row, but that streak will end this season because the Demon Deacons can finish no better than 5-7. The three-year streak is remarkable for Wake, which never had gone to back-to-back bowls in its history before this three-season run started. As good a coach as Jim Grobe is, you wonder if Wake is going to go back to having to overachieve to become bowl eligible. Two of this season's wins have come over ACC bottom-feeders Maryland and N.C. State. Another was over FCS member Elon. While there's an impressive victory over Stanford, there also are close losses to Navy, Boston College, Miami and Georgia Tech -- and that was with an experienced senior quarterback in Riley Skinner. Wake needs to be able to effectively run the ball to contend in the ACC, and improving the rushing attack needs to be an offseason priority for Grobe and his staff.

Bobcats acquire Warriors' Jackson - Sports - NewsObserver.com
Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe will be the guest speaker Wednesday at the Raleigh Sports Club's weekly lunch meeting, and Panther Creek volleyball player Jill Edwards will be honored as the high school athlete of the week. The meeting begins at noon at Highland United Methodist Church at 1901 Ridge Road. The cost is $14 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

A Musketeer family man with a plan | cincinnati.com | Cincinnati.Com
These are busy times for Pat Kelsey.

Atlantic Coast Conference's first weekly women's honors go to Miami's Williams, Wake's Garcia - WGHP
Miami's Riquna Williams and Wake Forest's Sandra Garcia have received the season's first weekly women's basketball honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Garcia scored a game-high 19 points in her first collegiate debut, a 64-47 victory over Jacksonville. She also had 10 rebounds and five blocks, the best single-game block performance from any Wake Forest player since December 2007.

Scout.com: Community Captain: Colin Summers
"(Colin) exemplifies the true meaning of a student-athlete. He was offered many scholarships but he chose Wake Forest University. He chose a university that will make him excell both in the classroom and on the field," said Head Football Coach, Christopher Martin.

Monday Look Back: Hogs' Clarke hits on all cylinders in opener - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com
Why I'm smarter than you think: I went the unconventional route this preseason and named Al-Farouq Aminu a CBSSports.com First Team All-American along with John Wall, Willie Warren, Luke Harangody and Cole Aldrich. I wasn't criticized, per se, but I was questioned. Which is why I'd like to highlight that Aminu is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds (while shooting 64 percent from the field) after leading Wake Forest to a Friday win over Oral Roberts and a Sunday win over East Carolina. In other words, so far, so good. But I'm still afraid I'm going to regret not having Ohio State's Evan Turner on that First Team, somewhere.

WFU soccer gets No. 3 seed
The Deacons were one of 16 teams that received byes in the first round of the 48-team tournament. The Deacons will play the winner of the UNC Wilmington at UNC Charlotte first-round game. The Deacons are the No. 3 seed with unbeaten Akron (20-0) the No. 1 seed. Getting the second seed was Virginia, the ACC Tournament champion, with Ohio State the fourth seed.

My Take on Wake - The Great Expectations for Ty Walker | JournalNow.com
"A lot of things with Ty, it was between the shoulders,‘’ senior L.D. Williams said. "It didn’t have anything to do with not being good enough to play because he could have gone anywhere in the country to play. It was just about how he developed as a player mentally.‘’

Heels, Deacs add to classes
"Tony is a typical Philly point guard--he's incredibly competitive, a very good leader and simply put, a winner," said Gaudio. "Tony has a chance to add to the long line of great point guards at Wake Forest."

High School Gameday - CharlotteObserver.com
East Meck boys basketball (0-0) at No. 8 West Charlotte, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: New-look Lions debut with Wake Forest commit J.T. Terrell and former Vance star Jacoby Davis.

Mecklenburg's got talent - CharlotteObserver.com
High school basketball season tips off Monday, and talent-wise, it looks like one of Mecklenburg County's best in years. There are five players ranked among the nation's top 100 players, in the various recruiting services, playing locally. They are: Butler girls guard Cierra Burdick, East Meck girls forward Monet Tellier, United Faith guard Ian Miller, West Charlotte guard J.T. Terrell and Vance guard Marquis Rankin.

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