Last night was not only a big win for this season, but could also be a big night for the future as well. According to Jamie Shaw of the Phenom Hoops Report, Danny Manning and the staff hosted five of the top players in the state of North Carolina for 2018.
Wake Forest will have NCs Top 5 2018 Players on campus tonight R Black, J Hamilton, D Dotson C White & W Dillard pic.twitter.com/CRiOZHiPEC— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) January 10, 2016
Let's take a brief look at those players below:
Rechon Black- (Concord High School, Concord, NC) 6'6" PG
247Sports- 43rd Nationally (4-Star)
Offers: Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia Southern, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Western Carolina
Jairus Hamilton- (Cannon High School, Concord, NC) 6'6" SF/SG
247sports- 58th Nationally (3-Star Composite)
Offers: Hampton, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Devon Dotson- (Providence Day, Charlotte, NC) 6'1" PG
Offers: Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia, Hampton, Rutgers, Tennessee, Winthrop. Has visited Wake Forest and Kentucky.
Coby White- (Greenfield High School, Wilson, NC) 6'2" SG
Has an elite crossover, and is averaging 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists at Aaron Rountree's old stomping grounds.
Will Dillard- (Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC) 6'3" SG
247sports- 39th Nationally (4-Star Composite)
Offers: Notre Dame. Has visited Wake Forest and Duke.
Great job by Danny Manning to get these guys on campus early on, especially against an in-state rival. There is a lot to be said about bringing guys in for games that are not against Duke and UNC, because it gives Wake a chance to exclusively recruit them without having to worry about the opponent appealing to them. That's not a slight to N.C. State, but they are clearly not on the level of Duke and UNC.
It will be interesting to keep tabs on the five above and see how we fare as the next couple of years progress.