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Deacon Dump 3/28: First football scrimmage, BB recruiting

Photo by Bob Hebert - Click for more from the scrimmage

Since high school basketball has officially ended, it is now time to start the Spring recruiting season.  BSD got a ton of good stuff from Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge yesterday, including a couple interviews and video highlights, so definitely be on the lookout for that over the next few days. 

The biggest story right now in Wake sports is obviously the QB battle as the Deacs are working in Spring Practice.  Unfortunately, Ted Stachitas had a minor injury yesterday and didn't get to make his case.

Click though for the links and Go Baylor Bears!

Deacons work on return to option

Info from the first scrimmage.  Seems the defense is far ahead of the offense so far. Chennault Talks Championship
One thing Chennault wanted to make clear was that he hopes and plans on being the starting point guard from day one and does not mean it as a knock on any current players, just that it is where he fits best. "Point guard is my natural position and I will be very glad to play it again after having to play off the ball this year for my team's success." He wants the Wake fans to know one thing about him -- he is ultra competitive and dedicated to the game of basketball. "I would rather die than lose," he said.

Wall has impact on Carolina Challenge - Stevens -
Tyler Lewis, who attracted national attention with scholarship offers when he was in the eighth grade, is a passing machine. Balls directed by him almost magically appear in teammates' hands. He is used to playing in the spotlight, he said. He likes the pressure but also knows that there is more pressure because people look for flaws.

Team Frenji eyes CYP title | | The Journal News
The Westchester-based squad has less local flavor this year but now finds itself one win from a second championship in four years. Led by a giant front line with some of the tri-state area's top seniors — and Mount Vernon junior Jabarie Hinds — in the backcourt, Frenji beat the New York Falcons 98-91 Friday night. "It's a good experience," said Hinds, who had a pair of one-handed dunks. "All of these guys are older than me and are some of the top players in NYC. But it helps me get better."

Sampogna, who served as an assistant at Port Chester during their period of basketball prosperity in the mid-2000s, heaped praise on Hinds after the game, calling him a “special” player. His words surely resonate in the buffet-line of coaches who have been in pursuit of the Mount Vernon junior.

Gazette boys basketball player of the year: Terry Whisnant, Cherryville | terry, whisnant, player - Sports - Gaston Gazette
Whisnant, the Gazette player of the year, shot 54.3 percent from the field and a stunning 50.5 percent from 3-point range, helping him lead area public schools in scoring at 27.5 points per game. “He’s always been a pretty good shooter, but he dialed it in this year,” Cherryville coach Scott Harrill said. Whisnant, a 6-foot-3 guard, made a school-record 109 3-pointers, beating 2008 graduate Cameron Lovelace’s mark by one. He scored a season-high 40 points against West Lincoln and reached 30 on 11 other occasions.

Leonard Sees Offer List Grow | GoGamecocks
Oklahoma State coaches visited with Leonard just before the start of the dead period. Leonard was able to get to Clemson, USC and Virginia Tech for games this season. And he'll visit several schools in June. "He's trying to leave it wide open," Craft said. "The in state schools are pushing and so are Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Miami."

Hokies and Deacons split Saturday double-header
Sophomore Mathew Price struck out a career-high 10 batters, including one with two outs in the ninth and the tying run at third, as Virginia Tech edged Wake Forest 2-1 to split a Saturday double-header and win the teams’ three-game ACC weekend series at English Field. The Demon Deacons took the opening game of the twinbill, 5-0.

Wake Forest plans $2.5M in ballpark upgrades - The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area:
Athletics officials at Wake Forest University are considering $2.5 million in upgrades to Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Ken McDaniel, an architect with Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce, said preliminary plans call for replacing the natural sod field with a synthetic turf. The work would also include masonry improvements to the brick walls around the field and a new outfield wall. Q&A: Travis McKie
DS: Who is the most underrated player in Wake’s 2010 class? TM: “I have to go with Tony (Chennault). He is the best player on his team and they are ranked in the top 3 in the country but Tony isn’t even ranked in the top 100. Tony is a fearless player. He is going to be ready next year.”