New Head Coach Steve Forbes is going to have his work cut out for him in his first season at Wake Forest. Since the end of the 2020 season, the Deacon basketball roster has taken on considerable change, so much so that I figured it would be helpful if we recapped all the changes in one article. I will also update this if and when more moves happen.
Note: The article is in reverse chronological order to show the latest updates first, but all past events have been kept to reflect the progression of the roster.
Update 6-23-2020 9:00PM
Class of 2020 center Emmanuel Okpomo has committed to Wake Forest.
110% Committed pic.twitter.com/RyW2Ov1rvy— Okpomo Emmanuel (@EmmanuelOkpomo) June 24, 2020
Update 6-8-2020 2:00PM
Tennessee transfer Jalen Johnson has committed to Wake Forest.
Go Deacs!! pic.twitter.com/3hCnfhRupi— Jalen Johnson (@The_Jalen_) June 8, 2020
Johnson adds depth on the wing.
Update 5-31-2020 5:00PM
ETSU transfer Daivien Williamson has committed to Wake Forest.
“It’s time. WAKE up! “#GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/EUPT0oOJx2— Daivien Williamson (@Daivienwill22) May 31, 2020
Williamson averaged 10.4 points per game for the Bucs last season and was the third leading scoring on Steve Forbes’ 30-4 ETSU team. He has 2 years of eligibility remaining, but will have to sit for the 2020-21 season.
Update 5-24-2020 4:00PM
Marcus Watson has asked for and been granted his release from Wake Forest.
2020 Wake Forest signee Marcus Watson asked for and has received a release from his Letter of Intent, he tells @247Sports. Watson had originally committed to Danny Manning.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 24, 2020
Instagram post from Marcus Watson. pic.twitter.com/sgmia1tUno— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) May 24, 2020
Update 5-13-2020 10:00PM
Wake Forest has landed grad transfer Jonah Antonio from UNLV.
Wake Forest has landed UNLV grad transfer Jonah Antonio, source told @Stadium. 6-5 guard averaged 6.9 points this past season.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 14, 2020
Antonio played 22 minutes per game for the Rebels and averaged 6.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 31% from the 3-point line and averaged almost 7 3-point attempts per game. Before his time in Vegas, Antonio played for Mount St. Mary’s.
Update: 5-11-2020, 1:45PM
Ismael Massoud is also returning to Wake Forest for his sophomore year. He retweeted Les Johns’ tweet below confirming his return.
Wake Forest wing Ismael Massoud has told the staff that he WILL return for his sophomore season for the Demon Deacons. He averaged 4.8 points a 2.0 rebounds last season, shooting 39.8% behind the arc.— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) May 11, 2020
Big news for new coach Steve Forbes and his staff.
Update: 5-9-2020, 11:15 AM
Jahcobi Neath has decided to return to Wake Forest for his sophomore year.
Wake Forest sophomore guard Jahcobi Neath announced on Instagram Live tonight that he's going to return for the Demon Deacons.— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) May 9, 2020
Sources say he informed the staff of his decision earlier today.
Big news for the Deacs!
Update: 5-6-2020, 12:45 PM
Olivier Sarr is transferring to Kentucky.
New beginnings @KentuckyMBB @UKCoachCalipari #LaFamilia ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/CBRsXsGgsP— Olivier Sarr (@sarr_olivier) May 6, 2020
Update: 5-5-2020, 5:30 PM
Ody Oguama makes his return to Wake Forest official.
Let’s go Deacs pic.twitter.com/E4BR8fVppa— Ody (@odyoguama) May 5, 2020
Update: 5-2-2020, 9:00PM
2020 guards Marcus Watson and Quadry Adams reaffirm their commitments to Wake Forest.
2020 Wake commit @iam_qa Quadry Adams tells me he remains committed to Wake Forest after speaking with new Wake coach Steve Forbes this week— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 2, 2020
‘I’m very optimistic about what the future holds,’ he said https://t.co/GL6VRBViY8
Wake Forest 2020 PG commit Marcus Watson saying he's sticking with new coach Steve Forbes and the Demon Deacons on his Instagram story.— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) May 2, 2020
Another big move for the Deacs! pic.twitter.com/utUVVkvZPZ
Update: 5-2-2020, 7:00PM
Isaiah Mucius isn’t going anywhere.
Sometimes change can be a hard thing, but I’m ready to take Wake to the next level. #LetsRunItBack #GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/X0rDhYcaxA— Isaiah Mucius™ (@ZekeMucius) May 2, 2020
Update: 5-1-2020, 9:00AM
Olivier Sarr has now decided to transfer.
BREAKING: Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr is entering the transfer portal, he tells ESPN.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 1, 2020
He plans to apply for a waiver to play immediately next season. The 7-footer was All-ACC after averaging 13.7 PPG and 9.0 RPG. https://t.co/Qo4YvhnpGx
The junior center played in 30 games for the Deacs this year, averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He scored a career high 30 points in a win over Notre Dame late in the season and was named Third Team All-ACC. This is a tough loss for the Deacs, and leaves just Isaiah Mucius and Tariq Ingraham as the only returning scholarship players on the roster. We will have to wait and see what they decide to do.
Update: 4-30-2020, 8:30PM
Ody Oguama has now joined Massoud and Neath by entering his name in the transfer portal, leaving open the option to return.
Wake Forest freshman Ody Oguama will put his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal, a source tells @247Sports. Oguama is going to leave open the option to return.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 1, 2020
Oguama played in 31 games for the Deacs as a freshman, starting in 24 of them. He averaged 2.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, but was known mostly for his incredibly motor and the fact that he never stopped playing at full speed. Oguama had the highest field goal percentage on the team at 54%.
A few hours after Steve Forbes officially became the Head Coach at Wake Forest, it was reported that freshman forward Ismael Massoud was entering the transfer portal.
Wake Forest freshman forward Ismael Massoud plans to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, a source tells @247Sports. Averaged 4.8 PPG and 2.0 RPG this past season.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 30, 2020
Massoud appeared in 31 games for the Deacs as a freshman, averaging 4.8 points in 12.2 minutes per game. He was Wake’s second best 3-point shooter on the year, hitting 40% of his shots from beyond the arc. He scored a career high 14 points twice in wins over Pitt and Boston College. Massoud is leaving open the option to return to Wake Forest, per Evan Daniels of 247Sports.
On Tuesday, the day before Steve Forbes was announced as the new coach, it was reported that freshman guard Jahcobi Neath also planned to enter the transfer portal.
Wake Forest guard Jahcobi Neath plans to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, a source tells @247Sports. Could stay, but wants to explore his options. Averaged 5.2 PPG and 2.2 APG as a freshman.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 28, 2020
Like Massoud, Neath is leaving the option to return open. Neath averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 assists in 18.5 minutes per game last season for the Deacs. He was the best 3-point shooter on the team percentage wise, knocking down 48% of his shots from beyond the arc—though he only attempted 25 all season. Neath became a key contributor for Wake towards the end of the season, averaging 10.1 points and 4.4 assists over the final 7 games.
It is also worth noting that on Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Directors recommended against allowing players to transfer 1 time without sitting out for a year. This could impact whether or not Massoud and Neath return to Wake Forest, but it will also make it more difficult for Forbes to fill out the roster after the transfers and decommits.
NCAA Board of Directors recommends not to allow 1-time waivers as earlier suggested by the NCAA working group— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) April 30, 2020
- Michael Wynn
- Sharone Wright Jr.
- Chaundee Brown
- Olivier Sarr
- Ian DuBose: Guard, Houston Baptist
- Isaiah Wilkins: Guard/Forward, Virginia Tech
- Jonah Antonio: Guard, UNLV
- Daivien Williamson: Guard, ETSU
- Jalen Johnson: Guard/Forward, Tennessee
Recruits Decommitted for 2020
- Jaylon Gibson: Power Foward, 3-star, 318th nationally, 68th PF
- Djimon Bailey: Guard, 3-star, 431st nationally, 37th CG
- Marcus Watson: Point Guard, 3-star, 207th nationally, 36th PG
Recruits still committed for 2020
- Quadry Adams: Point Guard, 3-star, 421st nationally, 70th PG