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Deacon Dump 3/31: Deacs can't quite pull it out at the Hootie, L.D. ready for dunk contest

A little bit of everything today--some recruiting news, a little football news, golf and baseball and recruiting. LD has a great chance in the dunk contest and I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if he pulled it out. It's a slow Wednesday, so take time out to grab some Wake news.

Undefeated dunker: Wake Forest's Williams to soar again | soar, bodycopy, undefeated - Sports - Burlington Times News
"I’m going to play it down when I get there," Williams said, suggesting a coy tactic to arrive as an underdog and surprise other competitors and the judges.

The Post and Courier - LSU squeaks past Wake Forest - Charleston SC -
LSU posted a final-round score of 5-under-par 279 for a three-round total of 7-under 845. Wake Forest finished at 276--846. Virginia was third at 279--848, while South Carolina finished fourth at 282--850.

Butler's Brad Stevens: Quant Guy - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
Wake Forest's Dino Gaudio is another Division I head coach who uses advanced stats to prepare (hat tip: Kevin Pelton). In January 2009, Gaudio told Basketball Prospectus' John Perrotto that he referred to the Pomeroy Ratings, which measures statistical data on a per possession basis, to retool Wake's defense.

Ballin' after school | CU Independent
5. Al-Farouq Aminu, F, Wake Forest Al-Farouq Aminu is probably the biggest wild-card in the lottery. - Charlotte shut out at Wake
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Charlotte 49ers registered just seven hits and were shut out for the first time in 73 straight games, dating back to the start of the 2009 season in a 14-0 loss at Wake Forest Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field. The loss drops Charlotte to 15-6 on the year, ending a seven-game win streak. The Demon Deacons improve to 9-17 with the win.

Full Recovery: Bush happy to be back out on the practice field for Deacons' spring practice
"It's great to be back," Bush said yesterday. "While you're doing it, it's something like, ‘Dang, I don't want to get up and go work out.' "But when you're laying in that hospital bed, you'll do anything to work out." UNC Offers Riley
[Travis] Riley is in the process of planning a trip to Wake Forest to see a spring practice. He also plans to camp at Georgia Tech, Illinois, UNC, and Wake Forest this summer.

My Take on Wake - The Option is Just One Option |
"We’re having some issues right now because we’re combining option schemes and drop-back throw stuff,’’ Grobe said. "And then thing that we’re the furtherest behind on right now is running the option, just because we haven’t done it in so long. "Our quarterback is going to be a guy that has to be able to run the football, but I don’t think he can play without being able to throw it.’‘

Five burning questions about the ACC Atlantic | Mr. College Football
5. Who will replace Riley Skinner as the quarterback at Wake Forest? Wake Forest had one of the best four-year runs in its history (33-19, three bowls, one ACC championship) which coincided with the career of Skinner, who left the Deacons with 9,923 total yards of offense in 49 career starts. "It sure is different not having Riley out there," said head coach Jim Grobe said Sunday. "One of the young guys has to step up but I think they miss him too."

Xavier's Pat Kelsey on Charlotte interview: 'Nothing happening' | | Cincinnati.Com
Although Pat Kelsey continues to garner buzz as a potential candidate for the Charlotte coaching vacancy, Xavier’s associate head basketball coach squelched rumors about an impending interview in a Monday text message. "Nothing happening," Kelsey wrote. Hamm Sees Recruiting Heat Up
Jesstin Hamm has already visited Virginia and now will be going to another ACC school on Tuesday. He has been contacted by several other schools recently as well. "I will be going down to Wake Forest on Tuesday for practice," said Hamm. "I am looking forward to being on campus and seeing how they do things. I may take a trip to James Madison this week as well."

ACC All-Stars coming to WNC | | Asheville Citizen-Times
The Wake Forest contingent includes local guy David Weaver, the center who played at Owen High. Teammates Ish Smith, L.D. Williams and Chas McFarland are also expected to play.