Coach Manning hosted a press conference today to go over pre-season practices, the exhibition on Friday, as well as a few other tidbits that were discerned throughout the session. Great job by Les over at DeaconsIllustrated (Rivals) for his work, and many of the tweets below are his. I highly recommend subscribing to him over there if you want extremely close content and insider work.
Front of the Wake Forest basketball media guide. pic.twitter.com/tAv5qw1Zhf— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) November 4, 2015
Wake coach Danny Manning said the goal is to redshirt senior forward Andre Washington.— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) November 4, 2015
"It's all fluid. It can change," Manning said about Washington.— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) November 4, 2015
Manning says Washington, while redshirting is fluid, benefits from practicing for year vs two freshman bigs who offer size Wake has lacked.— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 4, 2015
Early lineup look appears to be Crawford, Wilbekin, McClinton, Mitoglou and Thomas— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 4, 2015
"We did some pretty good things. Moved the ball well and did well defensively. We need to learn from it and improve." - Manning on scrimmage— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) November 4, 2015
"I want to see a carryover from what we have seen in practice. And I want to see us cut down on miscues." - Manning on Friday's exhibition— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) November 4, 2015
The only thing that I can think regarding the Andre Washington redshirting news is as follows: Coach Manning talked with Andre and told him that he wasn't going to play a lot, he honored his scholarship so Dre can graduate, and also redshirts him so Dre can transfer after he graduates to play his final year somewhere else, all while earning a Masters Degree. That's a win/win to all parties involved if you ask me.
The starting lineup is pretty much exactly what we speculated, primarily because of the injury to Codi Miller-McIntyre, and the indefinite suspensions of Cornelius Hudson and Rondale Watson.
Wake Forest begins its season with an exhibition game on Friday vs. #13 (D2) UNC-Pembroke.