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Deacon Dump 12/3: Shipping out to Spokane

Gonzaga pulled out a tough win last night after trailing by quite a bit at home against Washington State.  Matt Bouldin had a great game, netting 28 points.  I feel certain that L.D. Williams will have that responsibility on Saturday.

Also, congrats to Travis McKie on a 44 point performance in his first game of the season for the Justices.  Both he and J.T. Terrell are off to great starts.  Onto the links...

College Chalktalk:NCDS: Dave Wojcik, Asst. Coach - Wake Forest
With the season in full swing and having started quickly out of the gate with a 4-0 record we were feeling good about ourselves. However, losing the last two games has made me think of Martin Luther King and what he once said, "the test of a man's character is not in times of comfort and convenience; it's in times of challenge and controversy." We have to continue to work hard with enthusiasm and get better each day.'s 2010 NBA Mock Draft | EndScore
6. Golden State Warriors select SF Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest, 6-8, 220lbs If Don Nelson is still coach, don’t be surprised if the Warriors draft a guard or another lanky big man he doesn’t intend to use. Aminu makes some sense, though. He scores well off the dribble, is an excellent shot blocker and rebounder, and is extremely athletic. He needs to add muscle, but with all the athletes in Golden State, he would fit in well.

Ugly start gives way to beautiful finish as Gonzaga downs Washington State - The Slipper Still Fits
6-1 is about as good as it gets for this team. The youth is fulfilling their promise and the vets are finding ways to get things done. Next up is a reeling Wake Forest team in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Wake has stumbled in recent games losing two straight to William and Mary and then Purdue. There's no doubt that Gonzaga will get Wake's best game.

The rumor mill | Aiken Standard | Aiken, SC
According to the Newport News Daily Press, the list of candidates for the open coaching position at the University of Virginia is a long one. Included on that list are Temple coach Al Golden, Richmond coach Mike London, Connecticut coach Randy Edsall, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe and Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

Boys Basketball: No. 2 John Marshall 99, Patrick Henry 48 | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Travis McKie scored 44 points as No. 2 John Marshall swamped Patrick Henry in both teams' season openers.

MLSDraft's Top 10 Seniors |
8. Austin da Luz (Wake Forest – M) Austin da Luz has seen a lot of great midfielders come and go during his 4 years at Wake Forest. He played along side MLSers like Pat Phalen, Michael Lahoud and Sam Cronin, yet no one says a word about his play. Quietly, he has been the midfielder whom makes the Deacons tick (38 assists in 4 years). He was also overlooked for the player of the year shortlist. Teammate Corbin Bone was been named to this list, yet da Luz has both more goals (6) and more assists (14) than Bone. Clearly, da Luz will get drafted on the 15th on January, but the question is how much will he shoot up draft boards post-combine.

Illini rally to defeat Deacons women
Trailing 33-17 at the half, Illinois' women staged a big comeback in the second half and defeated Wake Forest 65-50 last night. The loss was Wake Forest's first of the year and sends its record to 6-1. Illinois improved to 7-1. After shooting 52 percent from the floor in the first half, the Deacons hit just 17 percent in the second half. Illinois took complete advantage, going 13 for 19 (68 percent) on second-half field-goal attempts.

WFU's DeGeare, Miller wrap up college careers
■ Senior Chris DeGeare (Glenn '05) closed his Wake Forest football career by being named honorable mention All-ACC on Monday. DeGeare, an offensive tackle, started all 12 games at left tackle as a senior. He led the line in knockdown blocks three times and graded out at better than 90 percent in games against Miami and Florida State.

DigitalSports preseason boys basketball team, 2009-10
Player of the year ** Travis McKie, John Marshall, 6-7, Sr.: I've written enough about him to fill a book. You know it all. He's signed with Wake Forest, see his highlight video here.

Prep Results 12.01.09 -
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