Deacon Dump 4/7: Lewis talks about his offer, LD interviewed about his NBA prospects

Sorry about the lack of content lately guys, we're in the process of working on some stuff and it isn't quite ready yet. I'm talking with Jabarie Hinds tonight, so keep a look out for that interview tomorrow. Luckily, a lot of other writers have been on the ball and there is plenty to share today. Wake's right at the top of graduation rates again in basketball, Scout has a great insider's article on Lewis's WFU offer, and there's plenty of Master's talk as well.

Slam-dunk graduation rates - Martinez - NewsObserver.com
As good as these two schools are at producing graduates who can play high-level basketball, six teams selected to the dance performed even better. Brigham Young, Marquette, Notre Dame, Utah State, Wake Forest and Wofford graduated every single player in their programs during the 2004 through 2008 academic years.

Scout.com: Lewis Discusses WFU Offer
"It feels really good," Lewis said of receiving an offer from his hometown team. "Wake Forest has been one of the schools I’ve wanted to play at all my life. Going to school near there, playing for Coach Larue and now Coach Dawson, it would be a great place for me. There’s still a long time left for me."

A Deacon Bash: The Wake Forest Masters party started in 1973 and has gotten bigger every year
"There's no other university that does this, and I always felt like it was an honor to come to the party, even if it's for a few minutes to say hello," Andrade said. "The university president is usually there, and Arnold Palmer was usually there, so it was a privilege to be invited." Johnson said that the bond that is Wake Forest allows the party to continue but that he never dreamed it would become an annual event. "The golf tradition is such a big thing with the university, and the party is kind of a way to keep that alive," he said. "And there's no better place to do something like this than during Masters week."

Area sports briefs | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post
ACC senior all-stars, including Duke's Jon Scheyer, Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas, Wake Forest's Ish Smith and UNC's Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson, will take on a team comprised of SPC all-stars at Concord High on Monday night.

American Chronicle | Bill Haas to continue family tradition at Masters: His father, uncles have competed a number of times at Augusta National
Bill Haas is back at Augusta National this week, to play in the Masters for the first time. He qualified by winning the Bob Hope Classic in January. Haas has plenty of memories of watching his father play in the Masters. He even caddied for him once, stepping in when brother Jay Jr., who was scheduled to caddie, got sick. "I think I was 15 or so, and I caddied there," Haas said.

Scout.com: Simon Up To a Half Dozen
"I just went to Mississippi State this past weekend and got the official offer from them," said Simon. "Now I have Mississippi State, Vandy, Wake Forest, Stanford, Maryland and East Carolina."

Scout.com: Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes
On the ACC in 2010-11: "That’s hard to answer right now. We already know at Wake Forest, for example, they lost a lot of seniors and then [Al-Farouq] Aminu has already announced that he’s declared for the draft. At Georgia Tech, they have two seniors that were important to them and Gani [Lawal] has already announced that he’s going in the draft and we don’t know what Derrick Favors is going to do. In our own situation, we don’t know what Ed Davis is going to do here.

ANDREW BONE: Recruits continue visits during spring | TideSports.com
An in-state prospect who is starting to emerge is David "Boo" Simon, an offensive tackle from Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette. Simon has received scholarship offers from East Carolina, Maryland, Mississippi State and Wake Forest. He was in Tuscaloosa for last Friday’s scrimmage.

Wilds Checks Out ACC Program | GoGamecocks
Blythewood RB Brandon Wilds (6-1 220) made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech last Saturday and he plans to make a return trip there at some point. Wilds said he will also visit Wake Forest soon. And he plans to attend USC's spring game this Saturday.

Could Thornton ask for release from Clemson LOI? : The Clemson Sports Blog : Anderson Blogs : Anderson Independent Mail: Local Anderson, South Carolina News Delivered Throughout the Day.
"We’re talking as a family and trying to sort things out," Billy Thornton, Marcus’ father, told the AJC. "It’s not like Clemson still isn’t an option. We just don’t know who the new coach will be. "Beyond that, we’ve talked among ourselves about requesting a release from Clemson but we don’t know for sure. That’s one course of action to consider."

Mr. Georgia Basketball, Westlake’s Marcus Thornton, considers requesting release after Clemson’s coaching change | Prep Zone: High School Sports
On Monday, Clemson’s Oliver Purnell accepted the head coaching job at DePaul. Purnell was a major reason on why Thornton signed with Clemson over Wake Forest and Maryland. Thornton had not had any official contact with Clemson representatives by Tuesday evening.

Who The Hell Will They Draft? Wake Forest CB Brandon Ghee - Stampede Blue
With the loss of Marlin Jackson to the Eagles, and Tim Jennings to the Bears, Cornerback becomes an important need in the 2010 draft. Enter Wake Forest CB Brandon Ghee. Ghee really made a name for himself at the Combine this year, running the fastest time in the 40 for a CB, at 4.45 seconds. It sent him flying up draft boards. Some other Combine stats for him:

WF-R linemen commit to Deacons, Terrapins - Stevens - NewsObserver.com
"The coaches are really friendly and know what they are doing. They are family oriented," Intemann said. "The education that I will receive is exceptional. It is all top notch. To me Wake Forest is the complete package."

Video: Guided Tour of Indoor Tennis Center
Wake Forest fans can now get an inside look at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center, home of Demon Deacon tennis. Indoor Tennis Center Director Tamer Hegazy takes viewers on a guided tour of the facility in a new video from WakeForestSports.com.

Brent LaRue Named ACC Men's Track Performer Of The Week
Wake Forest senior standout Brent LaRue has been named the ACC Men's Track Performer of the Week for his efforts at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic last weekend. The Kernersville, NC, native had a great meet, finishing in the top-3 in all three of his events. He started the day by winning the men's 400m hurdles in a school-record time of 50.60. That shaved a full second off of Phillip Warsaw's mark from 2007 and it was nearly a second and a half faster than his previous personal-best. LaRue's time is the fourth-fastest time in the East Region and the best time in the ACC this season.

Wake Forest Soccer to Face Greensboro College & College of Charleston on Wednesday
Wake Forest continues its spring schedule on Wednesday, as the Demon Deacons will split their squad, hosting Greensboro College at Spry Stadium at 4:30 p.m. and sending a team to play College of Charleston in Rock Hill, S.C., for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The 2010 spring schedule concludes on Friday with a home doubleheader. The Demon Deacons will face the Charlotte Eagles at 5 p.m. and Queens College at 7 p.m.

Bill Haas Ready For First Masters Appearance
Former Wake Forest All-American Bill Haas will be making his first appearance at the hallowed grounds of Augusta National this week as he is set to compete in the 2010 Masters. Haas earned his spot in the field by virtue of winning the Bob Hope Classic earlier this season. The victory was the first of his career. He has also recorded three-straight top-20s coming into this week, including a tie for sixth at the WGC-CA Championship last month.

Wake Forest Returns Home to Host High Point on Wednesday
After playing eight of its last nine games on the road, the Wake Forest baseball team returns to the friendly confines of Wake Forest Baseball Park on Wednesday night as it hosts High Point at 6 p.m. Wednesday's game will be aired live on WBRF 98.1 FM and on WakeForestSports.com with Stan Cotten and Alan York on the call. Admission to Wednesday's game and all home midweek games during the 2010 season is free of charge.

Wake will need to grow up in a hurry : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
Wake will rely heavily on five recruits signed in November. The class, led by 6-7 small forward Travis McKie of Richmond, Va., was ranked among the top nine in the nation by scout.com, rivals.com and ESPN. Look for one or two of those recruits to get immediate opportunities to start at Wake, likely alongside Harris, Woods and Stewart on the ACC's youngest team.

JM's McKie repeats as All-Metro boys player of the year | Richmond Times-Dispatch
"I think I have lived up to the expectations of others," McKie said. "I just didn't live up to mine." McKie, who carries a 3.5 GPA at Richmond Community High, played all four years at John Marshall. From the time his freshman year concluded, McKie was tempted and advised to ply his talents at a private school.

Season of Superlatives - EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
The boys MVP? With all due respect to some fine players, it was no contest. When he hit his stride midseason, Central's 6-11 Carson Desrosiers was a man among boys.

2010 NBA Draft Prospect Interview: L.D. Williams |
"I want a guy that can help me sell myself," he said when asked what he is looking for in an agent. "I know I’m not a hot commodity, but I am a capable player! Whoever I go with it will be someone I trust and have built a great relationship with." Whoever L.D. signs with will have a player that’s ready to make a positive impact for whatever team he ends up playing for.


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