Wake Forest nabs top-40 recruit

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One day after an official visit, Danny Manning and his Wake Forest program completed their pursuit of a heralded 2017 prospect.

Chaundee Brown verbally committed to the Demon Deacons on Sunday afternoon, he announced on Sunday afternoon via Twitter.

“Chaundee Brown is a major pickup for Wake Forest as he proved to be a capable and efficient scorer during the summer,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said. “The Demon Deacons desperately needed some recruiting momentum and this commitment gives them a quality player who can make a difference.”

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 19.9 points, shooting 52 percent (42 percent from three), while averaging 6.1 rebounds per game in 17 appearances for Nike South Beach in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer. He is rated as the No. 39 overall recruit in the Class of 2017 by Rivals. In each of his three recruiting classes since taking over the program in 2014, Manning has landed a four, four-star recruits. Brown is the highest-rated of that quartet.

Wake Forest is coming off an 11-20 (2-16 ACC) season in 2015-16. Devin Thomas, the team’s leading scorer, and Codi Miller-McIntyre both exhausted their eligibility. Sunday’s news should energize a disgruntled fanbase, as it shows promise for the type of talent Manning and staff can bring to Winston-Salem.

Brown joins an incoming class with three-star forward Melo Eggleston.