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Slow times for Wake sports + Busy BSD writers is not a good combination.  In the midst of studying for the CPA exam, I have clipped some things from the past few days to share in case you missed anything.  So enjoy the links today, there are plenty. Basketball Recruiting - Class of 2010 shooting guard scouting report
Buzz: Some have a distaste for his gunning style. Others are enamored with his offensive prowess. Regardless, Terrell can put up points with the best in this class.

Giants sign QB Skinner to contract |
After going through a minicamp tryout with the New York Giants last week, Skinner was signed to a two-year contract Thursday and will compete for the No. 3 job behind Eli Manning and backup Jim Sorgi. "All I ever really wanted was a chance to get a foot in the door," said Skinner, who also led The Bolles School to the 2004 state championship. "It's a long shot [to go to training camp] when you just get a tryout, but everything turned out well. "I was a little shocked when I got the call. I'm really excited about it."

CLIPPERS: Ask Eric Pincus - May 6, 2010
Al-Farouq Aminu – Wake Forest – Aminu is another athletic marvel. At 6’8", he’s a solid defender, plays with a lot of energy and a strong rebounder. One area he needs to improve is three-point shooting, a concern and a need for the Clippers. In the right situation Al-Farouq may prove to be a high impact player – given to some time to develop. Keith Lewis - Getting Lots of Visits
The four offers bring the total to sixteen for Lewis. The evaluation period has been a busy one at Freedom. "Auburn, Tennessee, UAB came by today along with North Carolina State and Memphis," said Lewis. "Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Wake Forest have also been by this week."

Deacon Blvd. Restaurants Closed - WGHP
Three restaurants that opened less than a year ago as part of a large-scale redevelopment project along Deacon Boulevard have closed, and school officials said they're surprised by the move. Pack Has Ground to Make Up With Underwood
"Probably Penn State, UNC and Wake Forest. At Penn State I would probably have a chance to come in and start. At least that’s what they’re telling me because they’re losing a lot of seniors. At Wake Forest, I like their academics. UNC has like a big family atmosphere over there."

Wears’ transfer takes UNC by ‘complete surprise’ – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
"Their father called me last night and asked for their release, which came as a complete surprise," Williams said in a release issued Thursday. "I met with both kids in mid-April for our typical end-of-year meetings and together we worked on their development plans for next season "Both David and Travis seemed to be excited about their futures at North Carolina."

Shin, Wake start slowly in regional | | The News-Press
Third-seeded Wake Forest got off to a slow start in its bid for its 13th NCAA Championship berth since 1988. Three teammates tied Shin at 2-over, putting Wake Forest 16th in the 24-team tournament with an opening-round 296.

Getting to Know Jeff Bzdelik - Part 1 (Video) has launched the first installment in a six-part series with new head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik. Demon Deacon fans are able to get an inside look at the life and career of Coach Bzdelik.

Thompson shelves his'life's dream' in NFL -
Thompson is living in Fort Wayne, Ind., the hometown of his wife Adele (they were married earlier this year). A Wake Forest diploma safely tucked away, he hopes to find work in physical therapy, performance training or coaching. "It's been really tough," said Thompson, 24, whose family still lives in Charlotte. "Getting to this position - the NFL - was my life's dream. When I got there, I put in everything I had to stay. "But even though it's what I love, football isn't as important any more. I could have ignored what the doctors said and given it another shot. But I'm still young; my whole life's ahead of me. Why risk that?"

Chase-ing a dream  - Prep Sports - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -
Summertime allows Chase Fischer more time to elevate his basketball obsession to what he calls crazy levels. Not long after arising each day, he dons a 25-pound vest and runs up a hill near his home in Kenna and then, as a way of strengthening his hamstrings, goes up the hill a second time running backward. After that, he runs two miles on flat ground.

Ripley's Fischer headed to Wake Forest  - Prep Sports - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -
"I went down and visited and it was great. They showed me everything and the whole nine yards," said Fischer, who led the state in scoring with a 32 points-per-game average and finished second in state-player-of-the year voting to West Virginia-bound Noah Cottrill from Logan. "Then we sat down Saturday night in the (Joel) Coliseum and they offered me a scholarship. It just felt right."

Jay Haas and son Bill show generational links -
Jay won an NCAA championship at Wake Forest and set the stage for Bill, who followed Jay to Wake Forest and was one of the premier amateur players in the country before turning pro. "I never tried to make any huge legacy to live up to," Jay says.

ESPN RISE student-athlete blogger Tyler Lewis - ESPN RISE
Also at Forsyth Country Day School, I am honored to play for Craig Dawson, who played college ball at Wake Forest. He tells me everything I need to know and everything I need to work on. I know he's someone I can trust in any situation, not only on the court but off it, as well. Coach will play a major factor in where I head to play college basketball because he knows where I'll fit best in college. I am looking for a system with an up-tempo style where I can get in the open floor and make some highlight plays. Harrington Keeping His Options Open
As early as today he had a couple of visitors come his way. "Wake Forest came today, and they really liked my highlight," he said, adding "Coach Kap from Southern Miss also came and talked to me today." "I enjoy the looks of Clemson, Wake Forest and Vandy," he said.

Stakes are high as Bulls search for a new coach :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Jim O'Donnell
Jeff Bzdelik, 20-1 Mastermind of 26-win jump-up by Denver in 2003-04, long a Paxson favorite and inched toward short list as 2008 hunt dragged on. But Prospect High alum also just signed a multi-year deal as new head coach at Wake Forest.

Shin ready for big stage | | The News-Press
Classic Michelle Shin ... charmingly, happily taking things in stride. Entering her freshman season last fall at Wake Forest University, the Cape Coral resident couldn't have conceived of winning the Atlantic Coast Conference individual title. Not because it's such a lofty accomplishment, but because she didn't know what the ACC was. Armwood QB/ATH Gets Offer from Hometown Bulls
"I should be getting an offer from Wake Forest soon," said Grady. "They came by practice today and everything went well, so hopefully that will be coming soon. Also, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and South Carolina have been talking to me heavily, so we’ll see who offers me this spring."

New 2010 Scout Top 100 Released (Basketball)
The final rankings for the class

Talent stays home - Stevens -
Lewis wins honors: Tyler Lewis, the 5-foot-10 ball-handling whiz at Forsyth Country Day, has been chosen to the Max Preps Class of 2012 boys basketball All-American team.

Getting Settled in
"Mark has been around some of the greatest minds in this game with all his experience in the NBA," Bzdelik said. "He's been around outstanding coaches and outstanding players, and he's gone through all the drills himself, and he had great success. "So no, I have no reservations whatsoever. He'll do a great job recruiting because he has a work ethic, he has the knowledge and he has a personality that people are attracted to in a positive way."

In Her Name: New golf facility honors Dailey
Dianne Dailey could hardly hold her emotions with the unveiling of the new on-campus golf practice facility at Wake Forest. The Dianne Dailey Golf Learning Center has replaced Hooks Stadium, the former baseball stadium, and by all accounts the designers hit a home run. The new practice area was designed by Arnold Palmer, covers 17.8 acres and is a healthy extension of the Jesse Haddock Center.

My Take on Wake - Buzz on Ty |
"My goal with Ty is to have him play as hard as he possibly can and to always keep his head up and keep his chin up and believe in himself and know that I believe in him. And if he would do that, by accident, without even improving his skills, by accident he could get himself 10 points, 10 rebounds and a half-dozen blocked shots just by accident – if he would just play hard all the time and believe in himself and never worry about what just happened but be focused always on the next thing Desmond Hubert Is Getting It Done
Desmond has been on the go playing in AAU tournaments and taking unofficial visits. "I’ve made more than six unofficial visits to Connecticut, Georgetown, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest." He’s not sure what will be next on his visit list.

Bucs plan to sign 3-4 tryout players from rookie minicamp
One of the players the Bucs worked with after practice Sunday was Wake Forest defensive tackle Boo Robinson.

ACC post-spring power rankings - ACC Blog - ESPN
9. Wake Forest: Skylar Jones finished the spring atop the depth chart, but his main competitors -- Ted Stachitas and Brendan Cross -- were both injured. The Deacs will reveal a more run-based, option offense under their new quarterback. The interior defensive line remains a concern.

This is How You Remind Me, 2010 Edition - Sactown Royalty
Al-Farouq Aminu Aminu reminds me of Jeff Green. Coming out of Georgetown, I knew basically nothing about Green. I hadn't heard a lot about him, but suddenly he was being considered worthy of a high pick. I've heard almost nothing about Aminu. This doesn't mean he'll be successful like Green, it just means that I can't really make any other type of prediction. It also means I should probably watch more college hoops. Rooks-A-Cookin' Part 2
Cornerback Brandon Ghee, the team's second selection in the third round as a compensation pick, was praised for his physical strength by coach Lewis, who also admitted Ghee needs quite a bit of coaching. With passing frequency at a high in the league, Ghee could prove invaluable as a third corner in nickel packages, which could limit his exposure as he adjusts to the speed of the NFL game alongside corner mates Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall. But right now, Ghee, while being strong, fast and a big hitter, needs to refine his technique and ball skills in coverage. Lewis joked that coaches will be calling Ghee's name a lot this spring.