Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Pregame Shootaround: No. 1 North Carolina back in action

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GAME OF THE DAY: Richmond at Wake Forest, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN3)

Wake Forest picked up a result over the weekend that is better than some may realize, coming back to win at Bucknell after going through a 2014-15 season in which they went 2-10 on the road. Now Danny Manning’s Demon Deacons host a Richmond team that should be a factor in the Atlantic 10 race, one that’s led by forwards Terry Allen and T.J. Cline and guard ShawnDre’ Jones. Wake, which is still without the injured Codi Miller-McIntyre, will counter with talented forwards Devin Thomas and Konstantinos Mitoglou and a freshman guard in Bryant Crawford who’s gotten off to a good start to his college career.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Illinois at Providence, 7:00 p.m. (FS1)

Look, you don’t pass up any opportunity to watch Providence’s Kris Dunn do his thing at the point; he’s appointment television. Tonight’s matchup with the Fighting Illini should be interesting, as John Groce’s team has faced two solid opponents in North Florida (loss) and North Dakota State (win). Mike Thorne Jr. has played well thus far, and Illinois has junior wing Malcolm Hill as well. They aren’t at full strength, but Illinois has the pieces to challenge the Friars if not leave Providence with the win.


1. Top-ranked North Carolina is back in action, as they’ll host Wofford in Chapel Hill (7:00 p.m., ESPN3). Guards Joel Berry II, Nate Britt and wing Theo Pinson have gotten off to good starts, but it would be nice to see UNC get Justin Jackson going after two quiet outings to begin his sophomore campaign.

2. After having their season-opening game in Okinawa cancelled after one half of basketball, No. 10 Gonzaga opens its season at home against Northern Arizona (10:00 p.m.). How the Bulldog guards deal with NAU’s Kris Yanku will be interesting to watch, not to mention how Mark Few uses the triumvirate of Kyle Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski and Domas Sabonis on the court at the same time.

3. No. 21 Purdue will look to win its third straight game, as they host Incarnate Word (7:00 p.m., ESPN3). Will senior center A.J. Hammons, who’s been held out of Purdue’s exhibition and first two regular season games for unspecified reasons, be available to play? If so, this is a good opportunity to see how head coach Matt Painter will juggle the rotation of Hammons, Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan.

4. What has been a tough day for Arkansas on the recruiting front could be even tougher tonight, as the Razorback host 2-0 Akron in Fayetteville (8:00 p.m., SEC+). Moses Kingsley accounted for 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the Hogs’ season-opening win, and he’ll have to be a force throughout the season given Arkansas’ limited front court options.

5. Cincinnati, which has won its first two games in blowout fashion, hits the road to take on Bowling Green (7:00 p.m., ESPN3). Mick Cronin’s Bearcats are a team to keep an eye on this season, not only in the American Athletic Conference but nationally as well.

6. Just a couple days removed from picking up a win at rival New Mexico State, New Mexico hosts Loyola-Chicago (9:00 p.m.) in what should be an entertaining matchup. While UNM’s Cullen Neal and Loyola’s Milton Doyle are two players to watch so is UNM guard Elijah Brown, who won Mountain West Player of the Week honors after scoring 31 points Sunday night.


  • UC Irvine at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
  • IUPUI at NC State, 7:00 p.m.
  • Buffalo at Saint Joseph’s, 7:00 p.m.
  • Southern Utah at UNLV, 10:30 p.m.

Wake Forest suspends Hudson, Watson from hoop team

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest coach Danny Manning has suspended sophomores Cornelius Hudson and Rondale Watson from the team for violating athletic department rules.

Manning announced the suspensions Saturday but did not specify what the violations were. He says they can return once they meet the undisclosed criteria for reinstatement.

Hudson is a forward who started 10 of 31 games last season and averaged 7.5 points and 3.1 rebounds. Watson is a guard who averaged 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds while appearing in 12 games in 2014-15.

Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre out 4-to-6 weeks

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Wake Forest will potentially begin the 2015-16 season without starting point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. Head coach Danny Manning announced on Monday that the 6-foot-3 senior will miss 4-to-6 weeks following surgery on his foot to repair a fracture.

An honorable mention All-ACC selection as a junior, Miller-McIntyre averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season. Without Miller-McIntyre, Wake Forest can turn to freshman Bryant Crawford to handle point guard responsibilities while their star player recovers.

If Miller-McIntyre is back in the time mentioned in the Wake Forest release, then he shouldn’t miss much game action for the Demon Deacons. It also might give Crawford more run in practice with first-team players and build up chemistry that could help the team down the road.

After a 13-19 record during the 2014-15 season, Wake Forest is hoping for a turnaround year behind four seniors and a couple of solid recruiting classes. The loss of Miller-McIntyre won’t make things easier, but this shouldn’t derail the season.

Wake Forest lands four-star 2016 center Samuel Japhet-Mathias

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Head coach Danny Manning of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons reacts during action against the Virginia Tech Hokies during a first round game of the ACC basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Wake Forest added the fourth piece to its 2016 recruiting class on Tuesday as 6-foot-10 four-star center Samuel Japhet-Mathias committed to the Demon Deacons.

Head coach Danny Manning has his center of the future to go along with a class that includes three-star forward Donovan Mitchell, three-star point guard Brandon Childress and three-star shooting guard Richard Washington.

Japhet-Mathias was a backup on the PSA Cardinals this EYBL season and he was productive in the minutes he saw. Playing in 11 games this spring and summer, Japhet-Mathias averaged 13 minutes a game and put up 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. A native of England, Japhet-Mathias spent last high school season at Vermont Academy, but opted to go to England and be a member of the Class of 2016.

Wake Forest will take Japhet-Mathias’ natural size, as he’s already 240 pounds and possessing good strength and along with 2015 recruit Doral Moore, the program has two big men to work with in the future.

Wake Forest dismissed senior point guard for rules violation

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Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning announced on Tuesday that Madison Jones has been dismissed from the program.

Manning cited a violation of athletics department policy as the reason for the dismissal.

Jones, a 6-foot-1 senior, averaged 4.7 points and 3.0 assists and started six games as a junior. He started the first three games of the year before being replaced by freshman Mitchell Wilbekin. Jones was suspended from all basketball-related activities on March 24th of this year, after Wake Forest’s season had come to a close, and was reinstated in late-May.

Manning said that Jones “needed to make better decisions” in order to earn his place back on the team, but in May, when Jones was reinstated, noted that he had “made great strides.”

Elite 2016 PG Dennis Smith Jr.’s summer highlights (VIDEO)

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Dennis Smith Jr., one of the top players in the Class of 2016, suffered an unfortunate setback earlier this month as he went down with a torn ACL at the adidas Nations Camp in Long Beach, California. However while Smith does face the challenge of rehabbing from the injury, that hasn’t changed his status as one of the most sought-after recruits around.

Courtside Films put together a video of Smith’s highlights from this summer, the majority of which was spent playing with the Team Loaded North Carolina program. Smith trimmed his list to six schools in mid-July, with Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina and Wake Forest making the cut for the Fayetteville, North Carolina native.

Video credit: Courtside Films