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Deacon Dump 4/26: Wake baseball rolls, JR signs with Packers

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Happy Monday everyone. First off, congrats to all the Deacs drafted and all the FA signees. We're all extremely proud of you guys and know you'll continue the great tradition of Wake in the NFL. Not a ton going on other than that--a little bit on the recruiting front, some preseason baskeball notes and other tidbits.

Free agents like chances with Packers - JSOnline
At Wake Forest, Russell started for three seasons and played extensively as a true freshman in 2006 as a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. Much of the time he played at 265, a weight ill-suited to anchoring against interior double teams. "I was out of position but that's what the team needed," said Russell. "Teams kept telling me that I'd never play D-tackle in the NFL, but they knew I can play football and I move real well. "They liked the fact I was kind of unselfishly going in there and playing."

Area ACC draftees go through long process | through, acc, turned - Sports - Burlington Times News
One of the knocks on Ghee was he made only one interception in 33 career starts for Wake Forest. ""He’s one of the most athletic corners in the draft," Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle said. "He’s also one of the fastest corners in the draft, so we’re excited about having that type of player to work with."

Duke Drops Series to Wake Forest with Sunday's 7-1 Loss - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site -
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Michael Dimock struck out 11 batters over a career-long eight innings to lead Wake Forest to a 7-1 series-clinching win over Duke on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field.

Revised ACC Pre-Pre-Preseason Hoops Power Rankings Jim Young
No. 11 Wake Forest Key losses: Al-Farouq Aminu, Ish Smith, L.D. Williams Key returnees: C.J. Harris, Ari Stewart Quick take: It’s a good thing new coach Jeff Bzdelik held on to Wake’s five-man recruiting class, because one shudders to think of this roster without those new additions. At least the Deacs have returning talent in the backcourt. But someone from the group of freshmen - Travis McKie perhaps? - need to make a big impact immediately to keep these team out of the bottom of the league. Skwara’s ranking: No. 12 Basketball Recruiting - King James: Friday
With Marquis Rankin not in attendance, that put a ton of pressure on Daniels to produce and he did just that. The ultra explosive combo guard was putting on a show. Daniels scored above the rim with a pair of impressive dunks, and then hit from deep to keep his team in it. Having Daniels play well was a huge boost, but he was far from the only scoring star for CP3. Wells and 2013 super prospect Rodney Purvis both showed their skills. Wells is an absolute freight train with the ball in his hands who can get into the lane at will with his combination of quickness, strength, and explosiveness. What was especially encouraging about Wells' performance is that he not only hit a few mid-range jumpers, but he also converted at a high rate from the foul line.

Men's basketball recruiting: Bishop Daniels showed his skills at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest - ESPN
Daniels excelled in the open court, with a number of acrobatic above-the-rim finishes, and slammed home drop-off passes. He's an explosive, athletic combination guard who is very talented. His midrange game is also an excellent weapon. Daniels has a very good first step and can hang in the air with terrific body control that aids him in drawing fouls. He has great elevation on his jumper, as well. Daniels can get his shot at will whether it is good or bad, and shoots over much taller defenders with ease. He can get to the rim or bounce into a pull-up jumper after a couple of rhythm dribbles. He is streaky from 3; if he improves that facet of his game, Daniels will be unstoppable. He can handle the ball and does a pretty good job dishing to an open teammate when he draws a crowd in the lane.

The News Record - Bengals make surprisingly good decisions
Brandon Ghee, a cornerback from Wake Forest, was another third-round selection for the orange and black. Ghee isn’t a ball hawk by any means (he only had one interception in 36 games at Wake Forest), but quarterbacks don’t throw at most great corners. - King James: Saturday
Quincy Miller rattled off a lengthy list of schools. Those mentioned were Georgetown, Oklahoma, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas, Duke, Wake Forest, Kansas, and Syracuse.

Knights’ Keniry has all the tools (video)- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Keniry will play big-time baseball in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season when he suits up for Wake Forest. And it’s worth noting, Keniry caught the eye of the Demon Deacons, playing strictly for Notre Dame and the Orange American Legion team in the summer. He didn’t take part in the ever-growing AAU and summer showcase circuit.

Dimock Pitches Wake Forest to Series-Clinching Win over Duke, 7-1
Starter Michael Dimock had the best outing of his career, giving up only one run in eight innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts, as Wake Forest won its first Atlantic Coast Conference series of the year with a 7-1 victory over Duke Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.