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2016 Guard Richard Washington and Wake Forest Have Mutual Interest

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Is Wake close to landing its second commit of the 2016 class?

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2016 guard Richard Washington, who holds an offer from Wake Forest, communicates with the basketball staff regularly, according to Scout's Rob Harrington. Washington talks to Coach Steve Woodberry the most, and talks to Head Coach Danny Manning "like twice a week." When a recruit is talking to the head coach twice per week, then clearly the team is interested. He has previously visited campus, and plans to visit again in June. Washington, a 3-star recruit according to Scout, has had an impressive spring and  averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists during the first two Adidas Gauntlet events. How does Washington fit into the 2016 recruiting class?

Wake Forest currently has one prospect committed for the 2016 class, and that's point guard Brandon Childress. Assuming no other roster attrition other than graduation, which isn't always the best assumption, Wake will have four additional scholarships to hand out to 2016 recruits. While much of the discussion about the class concerns where 5-star power forward Harry Giles will go, it's now very interesting to watch which wings will commit to Wake Forest and how they would pair with one another.

In April, 4-star guard Kwe Parker announced that he would be making his college decision by July. Kwe is a combo guard who is an elite athlete/defender, but is developing as a shooter. There is also Eli Wright, who will soon be taking an official visit to Wake Forest. He is a crafty lefty who can shoot and is a versatile scorer. With only four known scholarships remaining, it seems unlikely that Wake would take all 3.

It appears that Kwe will make his decision before the others. Will that start the domino effect and force one of Wright or Washington to take the "last spot"? It's also possible that Kwe commits elsewhere, and Wake takes both Wright and Washington. If Kwe commits to Wake, then perhaps the coaching staff decides to heavily focus on the guard they feel best complements Parker's game.

The recruiting season never ends, and the wing positions are the ones to pay attention to over the next month.

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