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Deacon Dump 4/20: Singler to return to Duke, Brandon Ghee's stock continues to improve

With the draft just a few days away now, it's becoming more and more of a possibility that Brandon Ghee's going to be drafted a lot higher than initial mock drafts. It's a testament to his athletic ability and his work ethic more than anything else. Here's hoping a bunch of other Deacs will follow him in the draft. There's still a lot of uncertainty on the gridiron for the Demon Deacons, but that's not what you work out in the spring. The spring is to get people healthy and in shape and to see what you have. The fall is when you earn your spots.

Duke Blue Devils' Kyle Singler to return for senior season - ESPN
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kyle Singler, voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, announced Monday that he will return to national champion Duke for his senior season.

NBA Draft: Top Five Most Ready - Basketball News & NBA Rumors -
Al Farouq-Aminu – 6'9 Small Forward These past two years for Al Farouq-Aminu have been all about his basketball skills becoming as big of an asset as his athleticism. He's been successful in this aspect, transforming into one of the most intriguing forward prospects to come around in a long time. With a lot of similarities to the Chicago Bull's Luol Deng Aminu is going to cause havoc as a rookie.

Finkelstein: Desrosiers sticks with Wake Forest commitment - ESPN
It was 10 days ago that we examined the potential ramifications of the unexpected coaching change at Wake Forest, specifically as it related to their incoming recruiting class. Little did we know that Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman already had a successor in mind and that a week later Jeff Bzdelik would have made the move from Colorado to Wake Forest and begun the process of rerecruiting the stellar class that Dino Gaudio put together. - Locals face ACC seniors on Barnstorming Tour
North Carolina's Deon Thompson can score inside all he wants. Wake Forest's Ishmael Smith has a free path to the basket. But Duke's Jon Scheyer better be ready to play at this year's Fayetteville Barnstorming Tour stop. Florida CB now has four offers
Harmon Brown may lack ideal size at 5-9 and 165 but he can sure play. He finished last season with 47 tackles and three picks while becoming known as one of the top cover guys in the whole area. Now Brown's getting recruited like it. "I had offers from Wake Forest, FIU, and FAU," Brown said. "I just got a new one from Wisconsin."

Finishing on top - Sports - Progress-Index
Travis McKie, the Wake Forest signee, from John Marshall led the North with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

Pistons blog: ESPN has Pistons drafting Ed Davis or Al-Farouq Aminu | | Detroit Free Press
If the Pistons get to sixth, Ford has them taking another sophomore forward from the ACC -- Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu. "He runs the floor like a guard, crashes the boards like a power player and is showing signs of developing a perimeter game," Ford wrote about Aminu. But, he used a draft buzz word in his next sentence to describe Aminu -- raw. McKie Discussies Coaching Changes
McKie expects his recruiting class to come in and play extremely hard beginning next year when they arrive on campus and hope to turn some heads. "A lot of Wake fans don’t think we’ll be over .500 next year," he noted. "We’ve got to take the leadership role and work with guys like Gary, Tony, Ty, C.J., and those guys.

Despite few college INTs, Ghee has pro potential -
"I actually cover my receivers and sometimes I don't gamble as much," Ghee told reporters at the combine during late February. "Sometimes I go for the (pass breakups) instead of the interception. Sometimes I have a few drops. It comes with opportunities and that's what I have to work on."

Wake Forest spring game review - ACC Blog - ESPN
"We really don't want to call a blitz or call a defense that stops a play because of a good defensive call from the coach," Grobe said. "We wanted guys just hitting offensive players and getting off blocks and making plays, and that's what we looked for today."

My Take on Wake - Spots to Be Won in Wake’s Defense |
"When we recruited him, you know he played nose guard in high school (at Wylie High School in Texas) and he was the state 5-A player of the year in Texas as a nose guard. We were trying to make a linebacker out of him. And when we had some issues in the offensive line—you know we moved four defensive linemen (Steven Chase, Devin Bolling, Antonio Ford and Bryson Dunmeyer) over to the offensive line now. And when we did that we were a little thin on the D-line, so we just said `Hey he’s the state 5-A player in Texas. Why don’t we try him where he played?’ We put him at nose guard and he’s making plays all over the field. "He might have found a home. He’s not very big but he can play.’‘