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Eli Wright Commits to Mississippi State - What Does Wake Do Now?

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Wake Forest's 2016 class just took a hit.

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Wright, Wake Forest's top shooting guard target in the 2016 recruiting class, verbally committed to Mississippi State today while on an official visit to the school. This commitment came just several days before Wright was scheduled to take his official visit to Wake Forest. Where does Wake go now that the 4-star guard is off the board?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">can&#39;t say how blessed I am to have been recruited by so many great schools but happy to say that I have committed to MSU <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hailstate?src=hash">#hailstate</a></p>&mdash; Eli Wright (@eli_elijuan) <a href="https://twitter.com/eli_elijuan/status/633373656899416064">August 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The Wright news isn't a complete shocker since he originally postponed his official visit to Wake Forest on August 1st. But by being so close to seemingly having his final official visit, things began to look far more promising for Wake. This loss is considerable, and now Wake Forest is probably going "all-in" on one player: Koby McEwen.

For those of you who do not know about Koby, he is a 4-star prospect from Utah, and is currently rated as the 70th best prospect in the country by ESPN. He is currently scheduled to take an official visit to Wake Forest on August 28th, but I wouldn't be shocked if Wake asked to move that date up. Wake Forest simply must land him, as the Deacs need a slasher who can attack the basket. He's 6'3" 175 pounds, and plays for C.I.A. Bounce out of Canada, which is an excellent AAU program. He currently holds offers from Wake Forest, Baylor, and Utah State.

The Wright loss hurts. Mostly because it seems that Mississippi State got involved during the final minutes, and also does not have much of a basketball tradition. The losses of Wright to Mississippi State and Rodney Miller to Miami are not good starts for Wake Forest's 2016 recruiting class. There's no doubt that it can be salvaged, and McEwen would go a long way to doing that, but the Wright loss hurts. Fans will see that when they see him play for Mississippi State next winter.

What do you all think of McEwen's game and how recruiting for the 2016 class is going so far?

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