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SoCon Freshman of the Year Damari Monsanto Commits to Wake Forest

The Deacs are adding another player from the portal

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 01 East Tennessee State at Wofford Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Steve Forbes and the Wake Forest Men’s Basketball Team picked up another great addition on Saturday, as SoCon Freshman of the Year Damari Monsanto committed to play for the Deacs.

Monsanto is a 6-6 forward who was rated as a 3-star recruit when he committed to play for Steve Forbes at East Tennessee State back in 2019. He started in 20 games for the Bucs this season, averaging 11.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 per game. He also scored 20 more points 6 times this season, including a career high 24 points in a game against Wofford where he shot 6-9 from beyond the arc.

Because this season didn’t count as far as eligibility is concerned, Monsanto will basically still be a freshman despite redshirting in 2019 and playing all of 2020. That means he still has 4 years of eligibility, which should give Wake some more scoring from the wing for the foreseeable future. With the additions of Indiana State transfer Jake Laravia, Colorado transfer Dallas Walton, and the commitment of Lucas Taylor, the Deacs still have 2 scholarships to fill for the 2021 season.

Forbes and the staff have clearly been working hard to fill out the roster for next season, and that work is paying off big time. I can’t wait to see what they do with the final 2 scholarships.

Go Deacs!