An Open Letter to C.J. Harris

Dear C.J.,

You and I have never met. Even though we live in the same city and attended the same high school and university, I don't believe we share much in the way of social circles. Even so, I would like to tell you how grateful I am that you chose to come to and to stay at Wake Forest.

You were viewed as a borderline ACC prospect despite leading your high school team to the 4-A state championship your senior year. If I remember correctly, you had offers from fairly successful low- and mid-major programs, but the only school to offer you from the ACC was Wake. Yet through hard work, you not only turned into a valuable ACC rotation player, but a legitimate star. Even though you have experienced ups and downs in your four years (mostly downs, admittedly) you have bravely soldiered on. When others transferred, you remained loyal. When the debate about the state of the basketball program reached a fever pitch, you put your head down and went about your business on the court.

I fear that your time at Wake Forest will likely be forgotten. History loves winners, and through no real fault of your own your time at Wake was not filled with lots of winning. But I would ask that you not believe that your hard work has gone unappreciated. Even the most bitter fan would agree that watching you blossom from a freshman role player into an all-ACC player - and you are an all-ACC player, regardless of what the media says - has been a sheer delight. All those swished three-pointers, the crafty drives off of split double-teams, the twisting layups: rapture. History may not remember these things, but I assure you that we fans will.

So thank you for the countless hours spent working to hone your skills. Thank you for the pleasure of being able to root for you and to claim you as one of our own. You have shown nothing but pure class during the last four years, and regardless of what anyone else says about your time at Wake Forest, you will always be a winner to me.

Thank you C.J. I am proud to share the title of "Demon Deacon" with you.


A Wake Forest Fan

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