The Wake Forest basketball team will be traveling to the Bahamas this August to take on teams composed of members of the Bahamian National Team. The team will be in the Bahamas from August 15th through August 20th, and will play three games over this period. Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed to play in an international trip every four years. What does this trip mean for the Deacs?
This trip is a very positive development for the basketball program. Because of this trip, the team will be allowed to hold 10 practices for to their games. Wake Forest is going to have a minimum of five new players next season (Keyshawn Woods, Brandon Childress, Richard Washington, Donovan Mitchell, and Samuel Japhet-Mathias), so the ability to get a head start on developing team chemistry is huge. It will also give the freshmen an opportunity to play against older players, so it should be fantastic for getting them ready for the physicality of the college game.
As we have mentioned before, Wake Forest currently has two available scholarships to utilize. In addition to being able to play in the ACC and get an outstanding education, being able to go to the Bahamas and stay at The Atlantis for five days is a very nice recruiting pitch to potential grad transfers. Really, it will be a very good recruiting pitch to any transfer candidate.
Wake Forest fans are able to go down to the games and watch. At this point it is unknown how fans can follow the action from home. It will be very interesting to see how Wake performs in those contests.