With the recent commitment and addition to the Wake Forest basketball team over the weekend in 2018 commit Jaylen Hoard and graduate transfer (Marshall) Terrence Thompson, now is as good a time as any to update the scholarship chart for the future.
This is an “easy-to-consult” chart that lays out how many scholarships Wake Forest has available moving forward.
The recruiting for this year is almost certainly done with the addition of Thompson. It will be interesting to see if Coach Danny Manning rewards the final scholarship to a senior walk-on, or perhaps uses it on preferred walk-on Sunday Okeke. The downside to using it on Okeke, while it is a four-year scholarship, is that it could hamper scholarships moving forward unless the staff were to pull it after this season. My guess is that it goes to a senior walk-on.
Looking forward, there is technically only one scholarship left for the 2018 recruiting class, but as most know, the staff is likely targeting four players. This usually works itself out, as either somebody will transfer or somebody will go pro (as we have seen in the past off-season with the losses of John Collins and Dinos Mitlogou). The most likely candidate for this is point guard Bryant Crawford, who could see his stock rise tremendously with a strong year this year.
The primary targets remaining for 2018 are (in no order): (PF) Nate Laszewski, (SF/PF) Isaiah Mucius, (CG) Ayo Dosumnu, and (PG) Michael Devoe. An interesting situation could arise if the staff somehow managed to pull down three of these four guys and the ‘18 class became a 5 man class. That would be an embarrassment of riches quite frankly and likely a top 5 recruiting class so it would sort itself out somehow despite being two over the limit at the time of the fifth and final commitment.
The future looks pretty bright for Wake Forest basketball and as long as the staff continue to develop and recruit at a high level then there will be some excellent basketball to be played in the Old Gold and Black.