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Deacon Dump 1/27: Ish logging a ton of minutes, ACC looking very balanced

I know, I know. No real new content yesterday. Yeah, I feel terrible about it too. But, I also felt...well, terrible. Today's a new day and hopefully I'm back and ready to go. And there's a lot to talk about today as we start to prepare for Georgia Tech. Enjoy today's links on your Wednesday and try to stay warm, if it's anything like it was out here this morning, it's gonna be a cold one. 

Maryland off to best ACC start since 2002-03 season -
"There is tremendous parity in this league from top to bottom," Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said Monday. "There might be seven or eight teams that can win the league."

Gibbs' Tim Jackson to announce decision Friday | Home Team |
That’s when the heralded Gibbs DE, who lists North Carolina and Wake Forest as his favorites, will make his commitment. "Wake and UNC are tied right now," Jackson said. "They’ve been recruiting me for awhile. Wake has a family atmosphere. They treat people well. UNC has been doing some good things. Defensively (the Tar Heels) are very good and they’re going to be better next year."

My Take on Wake - Ish Living Up to His Promise |
"We watched a lot of film with the young man after our Purdue game, where he had some turnovers and didn’t do a good job of getting us in the offense. And we go out to Gonzaga and we really executed well in the half-court. I thought at (Duke) Sunday night we regressed a little bit. Duke deserves so much of the credit, where we didn’t run good half-court offense. We ran the break and Ish may have forced stuff a little bit. Then I think on Wednesday night at (North Carolina) we ran the ball very well and when we didn’t have it, we ran offense. I think on Saturday against a very good defensive team (Virginia) he did the same thing. We came out and really did a good job of executing in the half-court on offense.

Looking at another mid-minority - Andy Glockner -
SHOULD BE IN Nice bounceback for Wake Forest (14-4, 4-2, RPI: 20, SOS: 22), which thumped UNC and then gave Virginia its first league loss. Most of its remaining bigger games are at home, which makes Thursday at Georgia Tech very impactful for both teams. GW: at Gonzaga, Xavier, Richmond, (for now) at UNC. BL: (both weakening) William & Mary, at Miami.

Early '10 Draft Preview: John Wall and... uh... yeah. - Sactown Royalty
15. Al-Farouq Aminu (SF, Wake Forest) - The good news is that Al-Farouq looks a little more comfortable with the ball than he did last year, meaning he doesn't dribble the ball off his foot or drop passes nearly every posession. But he's still very very far away from having anything resembling an offensive game, he's not strong enough to play the 4 in the NBA, and he has none of the skills you'd want out of a small forward. Other than the whole jumping out of the gym thing. College Basketball - Viewer's guide: Big week for ACC, Big Ten
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. Thursday, ACC syndication/Fox Sports Florida/Fox Sports South/Northeast Sports Network: Tech has beaten Duke, Clemson and North Carolina, but lost twice to Florida State and fell to Virginia. The battle in the low post should be entertaining, with Tech's Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors battling Wake's Al-Farouq Aminu. Wake has won three of its past four. If the Demon Deacons can get by Tech, they have a shot to put together a nice winning streak with Miami, Virginia and Boston College to follow on the schedule.

Sometimes being good isn't even that exciting, but it is fun. - Peachtree Hoops
Jeff Teague needs to be playing. You can talk in practice all you want about defending the in bounds pass and overplaying the three like Jeff did to open the second quarter, but I guarantee you he has it figured it out now. Woody called the timeout, destroyed Teague, and kept him in. That is coaching. Thank you.

ACC stadium rankings | Football Picks
9. Wake Forest, BB&T Field (31,500) – It’s small, but Deacs fans are loyal, and the recent upgrades to the stadium have made for a much better atmosphere in the Jim Grobe era.

Mid-season McDonald’s All-American selections - MaxPreps News

Tony Chennault, 6-2, G, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) – Wake Forest signee McCredentials: The victim of huge expectations the past two seasons, Chennault has become the star everybody envisioned as a freshman this year for nationally-ranked Neumann-Goretti.

Trojans show balance in win over Clayton - High school -

Enloe cruises: Enloe built a 25-point halftime lead and cruised with a 67-37 Cap Seven 4-A win over Wake Forest-Rolesville. Melvin Tabb led the 15-3 Eagles (No. 4 in the N&O rankings) with 14 points. Marcus Walker had 12, and Emanuel Chapman scored 11.

Born to Do It: Former Wake Forest teammates say they aren't surprised by Haas' PGA Tour success

Bill Haas showed natural golfing talent at Wake Forest, so much so that he sometimes left teammates shaking their heads. "It's no lie, he would hit balls for about 20 minutes, and then go to the Wake football games," former teammate Chad Wilfong said Monday night. "The rest of us would bang balls forever trying to figure it out."

Prep Results 01.26.10 -

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Ironman Smith is a rock for WFU

"I was kidding somebody and I said ‘If you did an (oxygen) test on Ish Smith, Jonathan Scheyer and Lance Armstrong, I'm not sure who would win.' "But he has great stamina. He doesn't fatigue easily. Now we've got some other guys if they're in the game for 2½ minutes, they're ready to come out. But he's not one of them." 

The Cavalier Daily | All about atmosphere
The college game, however, gets a huge advantage from what goes on elsewhere in the arena. Let’s start with the music. There is absolutely no doubt that one of the best parts of the atmosphere at college games is the school band. After three-plus seasons of going to Virginia games at John Paul Jones Arena, I’ve developed an appreciation for having the band at basketball games. I went to Wake Forest this weekend for the Virginia-Wake men’s basketball game with a trio of friends from U.Va., and my notion was reaffirmed. (Sidenote: If there’s any fight song from another ACC school that is catchy, but still not annoying, it’s Wake’s.)

ACC "Legends" announced – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star News
– Wake Forest’s Dave Wiedeman: Another old-timer from the 1960s, who was the point guard for a Deacons team that won a pair of ACC titles and its only Final Four appearance in school history. In his three seasons, Wake compiled a 34-8 record in league play. Georgia speedster likes ACC

The speedster likes five total, three from the ACC. "I like Wake Forest, Duke, West Virginia, N.C. State, and Troy," he commented. "Those schools are all equal. I don't have a number one school at this time. "My favorite conference is the ACC. I like the speed of the game in the ACC. I like that schools put an emphasis on defense. The fans are great in that conference. I like the fact that there are a lot of great academic schools in the ACC.