Deacon Dump 3/22: Looking to the future

A win in the NCAA Tournament is something to be proud of after the last few years. It was the first Tournament win since Chris Paul and is a nice starting point for guys like Ari, CJ and Tony. It certainly has to help Dino breathe a little easier knowing that he got that monkey off his back. Sure, the loss to UK stings, but Kentucky is the best team in the country and we saw how Gonzaga looked against Syracuse yesterday. So now it's onto spring practices for football, basketball recruiting and the Demon Deacons' spring sports. I'm proud of how the basketball team played and they should be too when it all comes down to it.

College-Baseball Roundup: Deacons edge Pack
Wake Forest 4, N.C. State 3 (10): John Stamper scored the winning run on a throwing error and Wake Forest picked up its first ACC win of the season against N.C. State yesterday at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Four days of Madness are complete | al.com
5. ACC Sweet 16 woes continue. The ACC's performance so far has played out how the season went: One pretty good team (Duke), another decent one (Maryland) and then mediocrity. The problem for the ACC is this has become a trend. For the third time in four years, the ACC has only one team in the Sweet 16. In other words, the ACC has as many teams still playing next week as the Ivy League, West Coast Conference, Missouri Valley, Atlantic-10 and Horizon League. You reap what you sow when you sacrifice who you are as a basketball conference by expanding for football purposes. To save face, the ACC badly needs a Final Four appearance by Duke, which is a lot better this year than most people seem to think. The Blue Devils have the size, defense and a little more depth to withstand poor shooting nights than in the past. The ACC is banking on it.

The ACC's Rough Weekend in the NCAA Tournament | Bleacher Report
Just as I thought the ACC might be ready to get 2 or 3 teams in the Sweet 16, it came to an end Saturday and Saturday in a variety of ways.

Three take leading roles | Washington Examiner
After losing by 30 to Kentucky on Saturday night, Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said, "I've been in the ACC 10 years. That's as good a basketball team as we've played against in the 10 years I've been here."

Aminu undecided on future - CharlotteObserver.com
Now, the Deacons will wait to find out whether they'll be without the sophomore for all of next season. Aminu decided to pass on the NBA and return to Wake Forest this season, but with the Deacons headed for a rebuilding year, he may heed the call of the pros this summer. "My mom and dad and everybody might come to see me next week," Aminu said. "We're all going to sit down and talk about it."

Schilawski nets winner for Revs - Sports - NewsObserver.com
The Carolina RailHawks lost in their first friendly of the season, but not many fans left WakeMed Soccer Park disappointed. Cary native Zack Schilawski was the star of the show in leading the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory before 3,538 fans Saturday night. Schilawski graduated from Cary High, played in the Capital Area Soccer League and enjoyed a storied career at Wake Forest. He was selected ninth overall by the Revolution in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

Technician - Pack takes two of three from Wake Forest
While the rest of N.C. State’s students were off on vacation, the Wolfpack baseball team stayed busy, playing eight games during the break. But after losing four of its first five games since spring break started, the Pack bounced back and picked up its first ACC series win of the season as it took down the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem.

End of an Era
The three best long-range shooters -- Clark, Harris and Stewart -- are all expected back. Terrell is a prolific scorer who averaged close to 30 points a game over his final three high-school seasons. Chennault, a point guard from Philadelphia, was last week named by a selection committee as Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year. Derosiers, at 6-11, appears to have the potential to be the Deacons' best ball-handling and passing post player since Tim Duncan. But the Deacons will miss the experience provided by Smith, Williams, McFarland and Weaver, and with experience comes the realization of how hard a player must work to excel in the ACC. "I talked to the freshmen in the locker room and told them, ‘Know this feeling and know that you want to get back -- don't let up; know how hard you've got to work,' " Smith said after Saturday night's loss.

Falcons repeat as boys Super 10 champions | Carolina Weekly Newspapers
A major reason for the success was the spectacular play of senior guard J.T. Terrell, who scored whenever – and however – he wanted. Terrell, who signed with Wake Forest, took the Lions on a fantastic postseason voyage, although he had fellow all-conference guard Jacoby Davis around to help with the heavy lifting. The Lions definitely were fun to watch this season, finishing with a 23-10 record.

Neumann-Goretti rolls over Carroll to advance | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/19/2010
"I trust him, but he's so aggressive," Saints coach Carl Arrigale said. "I wanted him to be able to go full-throttle in the second half." Chennault did take off at maximum speed after intermission of the PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal playoff, netting 15 of his game-high 20 points during that stretch as N-G gained redemption against the Patriots with a 53-38 victory at Widener University.

Saints' Chennault named top hoopster | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/19/2010
The 6-foot-2 senior guard has led the 27-1 Saints to a national ranking by several publications, the No. 1 spot in The Inquirer's Top 10 for Southeastern Pennsylvania, and a berth in tonight's PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against their archrival, Archbishop Carroll. Chennault is averaging 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

Tony Chennault is named Gatorade Pa. boys’ basketball player of year
Neumann-Goretti's Tony Chennault Thursday was named as the Gatorade Pennsylvania boys' basketball player of the year.

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