Wake Forest added a graduate transfer to its program Thursday, as it was reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com that former Campbell forward Darius Leonard will join the program. Leonard, who averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, was also considering Drexel, Marquette, Miami and Virginia Tech.
Despite being 6-foot-9 Leonard is a capable perimeter shooter, as he made 38 percent of his 92 attempts in 2013-14. That performance from beyond the arc came on the heels of a 2012-13 season in which he did not attempt a single three-pointer, and overall Leonard shot 50.4% from the field.
Leonard joins a Wake Forest front court that will be led by rising junior Devin Thomas, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season. The Demon Deacons did lose Travis McKie (graduation) and Arnaud Adala Moto (transfer), which makes the addition of Leonard an important one. Wake Forest also returns Tyler Cavanaugh, who accounted for 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest last season.
The 2014-15 season will be the first under head coach Danny Manning, who took over after the school decided not to retain Jeff Bzdelik.
Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?
Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas