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Chaundee Brown Finishes 31st in ESPN Class of 2017

Brown is the highest ranked Demon Deacon since 2008

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ESPN released the final Top 100 for the Class of 2017, and Wake Forest signee Chaundee Brown finished 31st on the list.

Brown currently ranks as the 7th highest ACC signee in the class (there are still 6 undecideds left, so that could change), and is the first Wake Forest player to rank in the ESPN Top 100 since Doral Moore in 2015 (72nd).

He is the highest ranking player to come to Wake Forest since Al-Farouq Aminu in 2008 (ranked 17th). The Demon Deacons have just two top 100 players in the last five years (Moore and Codi Miller-McIntyre).

Brown is also the first top 50 recruit to come to Winston-Salem since J.T. Terrell in 2010 (ranked 49th).

While recruiting rankings certainly are not everything, and ESPN now lags behind 247Sports, Scout, and RSCI, as the best out there in my opinion, there is little doubt that recruiting higher ranked players consistently leads to a better on-court product.

The other three Wake Forest players coming in did not rank in the top 100, but ESPN doesn’t even have Olivier Sarr in their database, so take it for what it’s worth.

This class is a big step in the right direction, and should pay dividends moving forward in terms of better basketball for the next few years, and also recruiting higher ranked players in the future.