Danny Manning has coached 10 games for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. While that's not a significant sample size, it is large enough that we can start to get a sense for how he will rotate players.
|Player||UNCA||Tulane||Arkansas||Iona||Nicholls St.||Mt. St. Mary's.||Delaware St.||Minnesota||NC State||Samford||Average|
|Aaron Rountree III||11||13||14||6||14||10||24||21||6||17||13.6|
It should come as no surprise to Wake Forest fans that juniors Codi Miller-McIntyre and Devin Thomas lead the team in minutes played, but it may come as a surprise that freshman Mitchell Wilbekin comes in third. The freshman from Gainesville, Florida is averaging 24 minutes per contest, including an average of 29 minutes over the past four games. He played for less than 20 minutes in each of his first three games, but Danny Manning has clearly demonstrated an increased confidence in Wilbekin. Wilbekin is the team's leading 3-point shooter, so he is certainly earning his increased playing time.
Freshman Cornelius Hudson has also seen his playing time increase recently, as he has started the past several games. On the season he is averaging 20.1 minutes per game, but he is averaging nearly 23 minutes per game over the last 5 contests.
Redshirt freshman Greg McClinton has seen his minutes decline as the season has progressed. During his first six games he averaged nearly 16 minutes per contest, but he is averaging just over 7 minutes per game over his last four. Against Minnesota and North Carolina State, he played 3 and 2 minutes, respectively.
The Deacons may struggle this year, but it's encouraging that three of the six leaders in minutes played are freshmen. We'll certainly continue to track minutes played as the season progresses and the rotation tightens up during conference play.