The Wake Forest men's basketball program currently has two scholarships to utilize for the 2017 recruiting class. That could change based on underclassmen transfers, but for now there are still two scholarships available. We have covered several grad transfer possibilities, but now we want to take a look at high school recruits who could be part of the 2017 class. Today, we look at shooting guard Brandon Randolph.
Brandon Randolph stands at 6'5" and weighs 180 pounds, attends high school at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania, and plays for the PSA Cardinals AAU team. He is a consensus 4-star recruit, and is rated 53rd overall by Scout.com. He holds offers from Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, and VCU, among others. He has long arms, can create his own shot, and has a very good jumper. Per Adam Zagoria, Randolph plans on taking unofficial visits this summer to Wake Forest, Xavier, Florida State, Vanderbilt, VCU, Virginia Tech, and Louisville.
Randolph would have the potential to start immediately for the Demon Deacons. A lot depends on who is on the roster at the time, and how some members of the 2016 class develop, but in Danny Manning's 3-guard lineup, Randolph would have an excellent chance of receiving significant playing time. He could help the offense stretch the floor, and would be a wing who could create his own shot, which is something that Wake has desperately needed for some time. His length and size on defense could also allow him to get into passing lanes, force turnovers, and then excel in transition.
For Danny Manning to be successful at Wake Forest, getting players ranked 50-100 has to be where the majority of his commits are ranked. That is historically where Wake Forest has found success, and, in my opinion, that is the path back to success. The 2015 class essentially had 3 top-100 players, and if Wake did that nearly every year, Wake would be in the NCAA Tournament most years.This is exactly the type of player Wake should be targeting, and Wake fans should hope that we can land him.
Danny Manning is personally recruiting him, so Brandon appears to be a priority recruit for the 2017 class. Once evaluation periods begin this summer, we will be able to discover which games Manning is watching in-person, and further refining the target list. Please continue to follow BSD, as we continue to track Wake Forest's 2017 basketball recruiting efforts.