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Wake Forest Basketball Recruiting: Which Recruits are Wake Forest Coaches Watching?

There were three major AAU events this weekend. Who were the Wake coaches paying particular attention to?

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Brown

Brown is a 6'3" shooting guard out of Vermont Academy. He is a consensus top-50 prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, who has offers from a host of schools, including Wake Forest, Indiana, Michigan, Georgetown, Texas, St. John's, SMU, and Connecticut. Manning initially offered Brown last June.

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz is a 6'4" shooting guard who attends DeMatha High School. Fultz, who is now a consensus 4-star prospect in the 2016 class, only played junior varsity basketball as a sophomore. He worked hard and was named WCAC player of the year this past season. Wake offered him early on this past December, but he has since picked up an Arizona offer. He will be a difficult player to land, but comes from an excellent high school program.

Harry Giles

Then there's this Harry Giles kid, who Wake fans may be familiar with. He's quite possibly the best player in the 2016 recruiting class, and he would be the most important recruit in the history of Wake Forest's basketball program. That's not hyperbole. That's just a fact. If Manning can land Giles, then Wake can compete for a national title during the 2016-2017 season. Because of Harry's immense talent, he has been Manning's top target from day one, and will be until he commits either to Wake or elsewhere.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Harry Giles (<a href="http://t.co/T6Lrw3t9MV">http://t.co/T6Lrw3t9MV</a>) was watched by John Calipari, Roy Williams &amp; Danny Manning this morning.</p>&mdash; Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) <a href="https://twitter.com/EvanDaniels/status/592328544933523456">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wake Forest Coach Danny Manning here to see Harry Giles. Wake has a real shot at the No. 1 recruit.</p>&mdash; Ben Roberts (@NextCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/NextCats/status/592156663085432832">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Shaun Kirk

Can Wake offer Kirk already? This kid, in my opinion, is a legitimate 4-star caliber prospect. He has incredible athleticism with a decent jumper. His game has evolved over the second half of his senior season and the early part of the AAU season. Given Wake's lack of a reliable small forward, it seems puzzling that Wake has yet to offer Kirk. Assistant coach Steve Woodberry watched Kirk several times this weekend, so hopefully an offer will be coming soon.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NC St.&#39;s Gottfried, Duke&#39;s James, Miami&#39;s Larranaga, Wake&#39;s Woodberry for Team Loaded NC vs VA-Dennis Smith Jr, Bam Adebayo, Javin DeLaurier</p>&mdash; Andrew Slater (@ASlater247) <a href="https://twitter.com/ASlater247/status/592322840235479040">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I'm sure there were many more players we were keeping tabs on, but I hope this served as a good overview of our 2016 recruiting, as well as our final 2015 recruiting.