Wake Forest Demon Deacons: losing 49% of minutes, 49% of points, 47% of rebounds, 56% of assists, 46% of steals, 83% of blocks, 27% of three-pointers
Last Year: 13-18, 4-12 in ACC
Losing: eminently forgettable Nikita Mescheriakov, troublesome Ty Walker, point guard Tony Chennault (transfer), promising-but-underachieving big man Carson Desrosiers (transfer), and reserve point guard Anthony Fields (also, transfer)
Key Returnees: ultra-productive senior guard C.J. Harris (16.7), ultra-productive junior forward Travis McKie (16.1, 7.0), reserve center Daniel Green (1.4), and ... uh, that's it
Additions: *deep breath* Codi Miller-McIntyre, 6-1 four-star PG; Arnaud Adala Moto, 6-6 four-star SF; Tyler Cavanaugh, 6-8 three-star PF; Aaron Rountree, 6-7 three-star SF; Devin Thomas, 6-8 three-star PF; Andre Washington, 6-10 three-star C; Madison Jones, 6-1 three-star PG
Potential Lineup: Codi Miller-McIntyre (6-1 fr.) / C.J. Harris (6-3 sr.) / Arnaud Adala Moto (6-6 fr.) / Travis McKie (6-7 jr.) / Daniel Green (6-10 jr.)
Total Recruiting Stars: 36 (t-8th in ACC)
Average Experience: 1.64 (12th in ACC)
Summary: For real, Jeff Bzdelik? Absolute disaster of a first season, mass exodus of players, then absolute disaster of a second season, mass exodus of players ... this isn't a good survival strategy, y'know. Winston-Salem will be a lonely place next year. Not that there isn't some good stuff on this roster; Harris and McKie could find minutes on any roster in the conference, and I'm a huge fan of Miller-McIntyre. Problem is, if you're gonna build a team around three players, they better be future NBAer good, and that's just not these three. If the Deacons are lucky, guys like Adala Moto and Rountree will show up better than expected and will be able to provide some much-needed depth. But I can't see a single position that improved on last year's team. Given that last year's team was pretty awful, that's not a good sign.
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