Happy Wednesday, everybody! I've decided to launch a new segment this week called BSD Deacon Data that will be a recurring piece with various themes around Wake Forest statistics. The main premise of the series is to compile a list of interesting data points and put them in an easy to digest format that you can glance over heading into a big event. Whether it's statistics about a Wake rivalry series, or a list of Demon Deacon records to be broken in the near future, the theme will vary depending on what's around the corner and relevant.
With Friday-Sunday being one of the biggest basketball recruiting weekends this program has had in a long, long time, I thought it would be cool to aggregate some recruiting stats that maybe you hadn't seen before. The format will read a lot like FiveThirtyEight's Significant Digits series if you have ever come across that, and I am absolutely open to hearing about potential name changes or future BSD Deacon Data article themes. The comments section below is open and awaiting your thoughts.
Evans likes Wake's position with Mucius and especially DeVoe it seems. Those two would really round out a great class. https://t.co/TZQ6Z707BY— BSD (@BloggerSoDear) September 12, 2017
Without further ado, here are some interesting figures related to Wake Forest basketball recruiting that go along with the excitement of the upcoming weekend.
57%: Just under 60% of all commits since 2012 (Including transfers) come from three states: North Carolina (8), Virginia (5), or Florida (4). Overall, commits have hailed from 12 states, 5 regions of the US, and 4 total countries.
5: 4* PG target Mike Devoe is one of just 5 players to finish in the top 25 in Points (22nd), Assists (11th), and FTM (22nd) on the Nike EYBL Circuit this summer. He also finished 38th in 3PM, hitting 24 of his 57 attempts for a 42% clip throughout the season.
Mike Devoe tape for those Wake fans that need a refresher. Lefty PG with some great court vision and a good 3️⃣ https://t.co/CmffbLSYda— BSD (@BloggerSoDear) September 13, 2017
7/10: Seven of the ten commits in Danny Manning's first three full recruiting classes verbally chose the Deacs in September or October in their respective cycles. Given the upcoming official visits and where priority recruits are in their timelines, that numerator should rise in the next couple of weeks.
20 Days: The shortest timeframe in a Danny Manning class between its first and last commit was 2015 (20 days), while the lengthiest timeframe was this past year thanks to Olivier Sarr's announcement almost a year after Melo Eggleston's (351 days).
6th: With Jaylen Hoard of Team CP3's commitment, the AAU program will now send its 6th alumni to Wake Forest since its inception nearly a decade ago. CJ Harris (2009), Melvin Tabb (2010), Madison Jones (2012), Aaron Rountree (2012), and Greg McClinton (2013) all played for CP3 during their high school careers as well.
Jaylen Hoard, a class of 2018 Forward from Wesleyan Christian (NC)/Team CP3 (NC), announced that he has committed to Wake Forest.— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) August 26, 2017
23rd: Wake Forest currently sits 23rd in the 247Sports 2018 Team Rankings with Sharone Wright Jr. and Jaylen Hoard committed. The rating of the class is currently 42.25, but that will increase substantially if and when the staff adds players 3 and 4 to it. Using 247Sports' Class Calculator here is where hypothetical 2018 classes would end up assuming a) Player rankings remain relatively the same and b) The final team ratings compare similarly to 2017.
Class A: Sharone Wright Jr, Jaylen Hoard, Isaiah Mucius, Mike Devoe (60.42) Rank: 15th
Class B: Sharone Wright Jr, Jaylen Hoard, Mike Devoe, Nate Laszewski (59.98) Rank: 16th
Class C: Sharone Wright Jr, Jaylen Hoard, Ayo Dosunmu, Isaiah Mucius (63.32) Rank: 11th
Class D: Sharone Wright Jr, Jaylen Hoard, Mike Devoe, Nate Roberts (57.32) Rank: 18th
Class E: Sharone Wright Jr, Jaylen Hoard, Nate Roberts, Jamie Lewis (54.71) Rank: 33rd
Danny Manning's classes to date have finished 30th (2015), 48th (2016), and 37th (2017) in the 247Sports composite rankings. The program record is 13th in 2007, which featured four 4*s in Teague, Skeen, Johnson, and Clark. Needless to say, the potential is absolutely there for the 2018 class not only to be an all-time best for Manning, but also for Wake Forest basketball in general. This weekend couldn't be more vital in making sure that the transformative recruiting class we've all been waiting for finally becomes a reality.
If Wake Forest is indeed on the verge of asserting itself amongst the best in the ACC once again, beating out blue blood programs for premier targets in the 2018 class is a pretty effective way of announcing it. Let's hope for a great weekend full of official visits and some good news sooner rather than later. Thanks for reading and as always, Go Deacs!
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