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Deacon Dump 3/29: Recruiting news and notes

On the heels of all of the Carolina Challenge coverage that BSD will be rolling out in the next few days, there is plenty of other recruiting information that was out there over the weekend. So strap in on this Monday and get linked up.

The Post and Courier - LSU takes first-day lead - Charleston SC -
LSU, led by Sang Yi's 2-under-par 69, grabbed the first-round lead in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate tournament Sunday. The Tigers are at 4-over-par 288, one shot ahead of Duke and two shots ahead of Wake Forest. Carolina Challenge: 2011
Marquis Rankin said he has scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. He also mentioned that North Carolina is keeping tabs on him.

Heat adds royalty to its roster -
Alade Aminu, a 6-foot-10 forward from Georgia Tech, was with the Miami Heat for Sunday's game against Toronto. Aminu signed a 10-day contract Saturday with Miami, which had the rookie in training camp briefly last fall. Aminu is a Nigerian prince, a descendant from a line of kings in the African nation. He says "it's no big deal to be around me" and that he tries to "carry myself as a humble person." Aminu is the brother of Wake Forest standout Al-Farouq Aminu.

Recruiting: Elite QB keeps Tigers on list - Tigers -
Defensive end Gerald Dixon (6-3, 245) of South Pointe has picked up offers from Arkansas and Wake Forest. He also has offers from USC, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State. Dixon has been to USC several times and has the Gamecocks as his favorite.

The hard decision making of all-state voting – Varsity Now - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
J.T. TERRELL, West Charlotte, G, 6-3, Sr. _ Averaged a county-best 31.5 points, six rebounds and four assists. Led team to 4-A regional final. First-team all-state pick from All-area first-team pick by Charlotte Observer. Top 100 recruit with more than 2,500 career points. AP All-State first-team pick last year. Signed with Wake Forest.

CYP championship: Mount Vernon's Hinds takes charge | | The Journal News
As Jabarie Hinds returned from the locker room at halftime, a group of kids who drifted onto the small, old court at Our Lady of Mercy jumped to attention. They scrambled around the Mount Vernon star with programs and pens in hand, hoping to grab a quick signature. The group wasn't the first to form around Hinds this week, and it sure won't be the last. The 6-foot guard continued a junior season awash in both fanfare and awards by winning MVP honors at the 64th CYP Tournament last night.

Wake Forest Recruiting: Tony Chennault " ACC Basketball Recruiting
Chennault isn’t the blistering speedster that Wake fans are used to from Ish Smith, but he brings toughness and scoring that will likely fit in well with the style the Deacs play. Wake fans will love Chennault’s toughness as he moves to the hoop, it’s a bit like watching a gifted running back tear through gaps in a defensive line. He also is an excellent passer and can finish in the lane or with running floaters. Double teaming Chennault is a dangerous ploy, because his court vision is strong enough for him to quickly find the open man. Blogs " Blog Archive Lots of attention paid to Wake Forest’s Ghee "
Everybody raves about Wake Forest, because head coach Jim Grobe goes out of his way to treat everybody so well.

Chiefs Draft Interest Continues Great Offseason At Wake Forest Pro Day - Arrowhead Pride 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."