Senior forward Isaiah Mucius, who declared for the NBA draft a little over a month ago while maintaining his eligibility, has decided to forego his final year at Wake Forest and remain in the NBA draft.
Thank you @WakeMBB and @WakeForest everything you have done for me. I will be a Demon Deacon forever. I’m happy to say I am going to keep my name in the NBA Draft and forego my last year of eligibility.— Isaiah Mucius™ (@ZekeMucius) April 28, 2022
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Mucius finishes his 4-year Wake Forest career with 971 points, 479 rebounds, and 91 assists. In his final year as a Demon Deacon, he exploded from beyond the arc, hitting 71 3-pointers on a career high 36% shooting from beyond the arc—that’s 7 more 3-pointers than he made in his first 3 seasons combined. In addition to becoming a weapon from beyond the arc, Mucius was always a tenacious defender and a player who always left everything he had out on the court. He could definitely have a future in the NBA as a 3 and D guy.
Steve Forbes is going to have his work cut out for him now, as Mucius’s decision leaves the Deacs with—at the very most—2 starters returning from this year’s 25-win team. If Jake LaRavia, who appears to be moving up the draft boards rapidly, decides to go to the NBA as well, the Deacs could find themselves with just 1 or even 0 returning starters. That would be a pretty big obstacle to overcome for the coaching staff, since the starters combined for over 70% of the minutes played this season. Forbes has shown his ability to grab great players out of the transfer portal, so hopefully he will be able to reload the roster before the season begins in the fall.
Good luck Isaiah and Go Deacs!