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Deacon Dump 3/23: Odds and ends

It's a little bit of a dead period as we wait for the next round of games to start and with Wake out, there aren't previews or anything to go by. One nice note was the return of Chris Paul. It's good to see him back on the floor, that's for sure. Here's a scattering of Wake news from around the web on your Tuesday afternoon.

Paul's return lifts Hornets - Bobcats/NBA -
Chris Paul played for the first time in 25 games, and Marcus Thornton scored 28 points to help the host New Orleans Hornets to a 115-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

Dave Odom reportedly a candidate for Charlotte 49ers job - Sporting News staff reports - College Basketball - Sporting News
Former Wake Forest and South Carolina basketball coach Dave Odom is a candidate to succeed Bobby Lutz at Charlotte, sources tell the Charlotte Observer.

Jacobs: A Familiar Story, Unfortunately Articles
Then there’s Wake Forest, which got shellacked by top-seed Kentucky, a humbling conclusion to a stumbling finish – six losses in the Demon Deacons’ final eight outings. The No. 9 Deacs did win their NCAA opener against Texas, ending third-year coach Dino Gaudio’s 0-4 postseason start on the job. That leaves Duke, top-seeded in the South, carrying the ACC banner on college basketball’s biggest stage.

Dime NBA Draft Profile: Al-Farouq Aminu | Dime Magazine ( : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers
Potential NBA scouts begin to drool over Aminu’s potential when they see him get put-back dunks and nail three-pointers in the same game. His potential to become an inside-outside threat and a player who plays great on offense and defense are hard to find. Every year, combo forwards similar to Aminu tend to get drafted very high due to their potential. He could be a star caliber forward down the road if he lands on the right team. Fortunately, since Aminu can perform well on both ends of the floor, it will not be hard for him to find the right fit. Grade: A-

YouTube - 2010 NC/SC All-Star Game Recap (JT Terrell, DeAndre Hopkins)

Neumann-Goretti set for semifinal vs. Eastern York | Philadelphia Daily News | 03/22/2010
The Saints have won their three state playoffs by a total of 70 points. Eastern York's total margin of victory. Seventy-one? N-G's starting lineup features four Division I signees in guards Tony Chennault (Wake Forest), Tyreek Duren (La Salle) and Mustafaa Jones (Hartford) and forward-center Danny Stewart (Rider). N-G's lone loss, by 97-96, was to 34-0 Yates, of Houston, in the final of a pre-Christmas tourney in Hawaii. Eastern York's standout is Rutgers commit Andrew Nicholas, a 6-6 junior forward who already boasts a school record of 1,800-plus career points. Classmate Austin Tillotson, a guard, is also a member of the 1,000-point club.

Neumann-Goretti boys ready for Eastern York | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/22/2010
Golden Knights sixth-man Davin Zimmerman told the York Daily Record on Friday that the Golden Knights "think we deserve that ranking," referring to the consensus of Neumann-Goretti being the No. 1 team in the state. "I don't really get into that he-said, she-said stuff, but we're going to all settle this . . . on the court," said Saints senior guard Tony Chennault, who averages a team-high 19.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds and is headed to Wake Forest. "What's [Zimmerman] supposed to say, that he wants an autograph?"

Gatorade MVPs: Local basketball stars shut out again -, North Andover, MA
That didn't change. Central's Carson Desrosiers is ranked right up with Georgetown-bound Nate Lubick of St. Mark's School but the 6-8 Lubick repeated as the Mass. winner. The 6-11 Wake Forest recruit Desrosiers is ranked No. 74 and Lubick No. 48 nationally by ESPNU. Desrosiers could move up in the rankings after his inspired play in carrying the Raiders to the Division 1 state title. Gatorade simply doesn't get it. That "G'' in their irritating ad campaign must stand for gruesome. Their basketball selection process certainly is.

A dozen things I'll remember - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
7. Wake Forest's Ish Smith burying a buzzer-beater to finally put Texas out of its misery.