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.
Congrats to #PSACardinals C Samuel Japhet-Mathias for making his college decision and selecting Wake Forest.
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)
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.