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Black and Gold Madness Preview: Which Recruits will be in Attendance?

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Who can we expect to see on campus when the festivities begin Friday night?

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The day is finally here! Well, not exactly THE day, but one that exists to gently remind you just how close another Wake Forest basketball season is to returning. Black and Gold Madness will be held once again in Reynolds Gym tonight at 9PM following the conclusion of the Wake Women’s Volleyball game that begins at 6. The event features player introductions, a scrimmage for both the men’s and women’s teams, as well as plenty of contests and prizes for fans in attendance. The Wake Forest athletic department has done its part in ramping up the anticipation for the event this year with signs all over campus and a massive B&G Madness themed day in the Pit on Wednesday that was a major success. Given the increased excitement in the program this year and the massive marketing done by the AD this week, I would say arriving on the earlier side is highly advised if you want to guarantee yourself a seat. If you are fortunate enough to get a spot in Reynolds this Friday, what more can you expect from the night in terms of special guests and recruits? All the info you need is right here.

Confirmed Visitors on Campus:

Jon Hicklin- Jon Hicklin is a 6’4 2018 SG target from Charlotte (United Faith Christian Academy) who is just starting to make a name for himself in North Carolina. He attended WF’s Elite Camp in June and performed very well according to multiple reports, but has yet to receive an offer from the coaching staff at this point. Hicklin clearly is a slashing 2 guard who likes to get a majority of his points at the rim. He uses his athleticism and good body control to beat defenders and finish in the paint, much like Codi Miller-McIntire coming out of high school. Phenom Hoops Report currently has him as the #15 NC player in 2017, which traditionally correlates to a solid 3* prospect on other scouting sites. Even though he’s a little under the radar right now, you can see from his tape why Danny Manning would be interested in the athletic wing man who is glowing with upside.

Jamarius Burton- Jamarius Burton is another 2018 wing from Charlotte who will be in attendance for the festivities on Friday night in Reynolds gym. Burton plays for Berry Academy in Charlotte and has picked up recent interest from Wake Forest and UVA as well. Burton started gaining some attention after a strong showing on the AAU circuit with QCAA Force this past summer with multiple scouts really taking note of his athleticism and finishing ability. Like Hicklin, Burton isn’t listed on any of the main recruiting sites yet, but Phenom Hoops Report has him as #13 in the class of 2018 NC rankings. He’s posted a number of videos on Twitter of him training (He made his account just a few weeks ago) and his ball handling and leaping ability seem to be his biggest strengths at the moment.

Will Dillard- Dillard is one of the top players in all of North Carolina in the class of 2018 and is expected to attend B&G Madness Friday evening. Dillard is an athletic and flashy 6’2 G from Greensboro Day, which was the team that knocked of Harry Giles and Brandon Childress’ Wesleyan Christian Academy in the NCISAA Class 3A Title last season. Danny Manning and the staff offered Dillard back on June 27, but he has yet to take an unofficial visit to campus until tonight. 247sports has him as the #58 player in the class of 2018 and a 4* prospect so getting on him early was certainly the right move by the staff.

JP Moorman- Moorman is probably the fastest rising prospect in all of North Carolina basketball after some dominant showcases across the country in the last few months, particularly at the Make Playz Breakout Classic. The Combo Forward jumped over 20 spots in Phenom Hoop Report’s 2017 NC rankings and likely will be a consensus Top 150 prospect in the class when scouting sites release updated rankings. His versatility is probably his best asset, being able to play multiple positions well and being dynamic at each one. Moorman already took an unofficial visit to campus earlier this month, but will be back tonight and in the stands.

Kaleb Hunter- Hunter is a 6’4 SG from Raleigh who attends North Raleigh Christian and is in the Class of 2017. He’s received interest from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Stanford, Wake Forest, and Charlotte so far, the latter of which offered him back in July. Future 150 has him as a 3* prospect and his tape clearly shows that he’s not afraid to shoot off the dribble or drive inside. He currently ranks at #5 in the North Carolina rankings for Phenom Hoops Report heading into his junior season.

John Newman- John Newman is another member of the reigning champions Greensboro Day program and in the class of 2018. He plays for Team Felton on the AAU circuit and currently has interest from Stanford, ECU, Virginia, and Yale. He took an unofficial visit to campus last month and also attended the Wake Forest Elite Camp last year. Newman is an athletic 2 guard that can run the floor and be a presence on the defensive end. Despite being only 6’5, his highlight tape features a number of impressive blocks as well as excellent court vision. If Greensboro Day is going to repeat as State Champions, they are going to need Newman to be a major force on both sides of the ball once again.

Other Potential Visitors:

Brandon Childress- It’s no secret that Brandon Childress has been on Wake Forest’s campus as much as possible since his commitment last October. After all, when your dad is an Assistant Coach on the team, there’s plenty of access to WF’s gym and workout facilities and Brandon has certainly been taking advantage of that opportunity. With Wesleyan Christian Academy’s season yet to start and B Chill coming to nearly every big event or showcase over the last two years, I would be stunned not to see the future Deacon PG in the stands.

Harry Giles- Here’s the real question of them all: Will the #1 prospect in the country take yet another weekend trip back to Winston-Salem to hang out with Brandon Childress and the team one last time before he makes his decision? All of Deacon nation is desperate for a yes, and after Dan Collins announced this morning that an official invite was extended (Unsurprisingly, of course), we all must wait with bated breath hoping he’s in the bleachers at 9PM. While I don’t think it’s a disaster if he doesn’t end up attending tonight, I think it would be a very positive sign for the Deacs’ chances of landing him if he once again makes an effort to come home and spend the weekend on campus. Virtually every free weekend he has had since his official visit last month Harry has come home to be around the team and fellow friend Brandon Childress. All the unofficial visits and effort to experience Wake Forest would indicate he is very much interested in committing to be a part of the program, but ultimately we’ll have to wait 3 more weeks (November 12-14 is his expected announcement date) to find out. First things first, let’s hope Harry comes tonight and sees what this great school has to offer him one more time before his senior season starts. After all, imagining his introduction next year at Black and Gold Madness to thunderous applause can only help our chances in the long run.

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