Trent VanHorn began his Wake Forest career during the 2013-2014 season as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship last season. He played significantly more last year than he did during either of his first two seasons. What can we expect to see from Trent this year?
Wake Forest dealt with depth issues in the back court during the first part of last season due to an injury to Codi Miller-McIntyre and suspensions for Rondale Watson and Cornelius Hudson. TVH filled in admirably, as he played 20+ minutes during each of Wake’s first 6 games, and the Deacs went 4-2 during that time despite playing a very difficult schedule. His playing time sharply fell off as conference season began, and only played when games were out of reach.
Riley broke down his projected minutes allocation a few days ago, and I think he’s mostly correct in his assessment. The vast majority of minutes in the back court will be filled by Bryant Crawford, Keyshawn Woods, Mitchell Wilbekin, and Brandon Childress. If Wake goes to three guard sets, then you also need to factor in the 20+ minutes that Austin Arians will play.
TVH played 15 minutes in Wake’s exhibition against Piedmont International, but that was in a 70 points win and isn’t particularly indicative of how future games will go. If it is, then we can go ahead and book our tickets to Phoenix and get ready to watch Wake Forest cut down nets. Trent’s biggest strength is his free throw shooting ability (77% last season), but he also made just 1 of 11 three pointers. This season I expect TVH to play spot minutes in the non-conference portion of the schedule, but then to only play in blowout situations or when other players are in foul trouble once conference season begins.
What are you all expecting from TVH this season?