Four-star forward Ismael Massoud commits to Wake Forest

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Danny Manning and Wake Forest are on the board for 2019.

Ismael Massoud, a top-150 forward from New York, committed to the Demon Deacons on Monday.

“They were my first high-major offer and they have just been there from the beginning for me,” Massoud told Rivals. “The coaching staff, them playing professionally and developing players, that is priceless for me and that is big for me with my development. The school is beautiful and with the academics, it is a perfect blend of everything.”

Massoud averaged 8 points and 4 boards per game for the PSA Cardinals in the EYBL this past summer.

The 6-foot-9 Massoud had offers from the likes of Georgia Tech, Harvard, Auburn, Xavier and others, but became Manning’s first commitment in the 2019 class.

Wake Forest also gets the commit less than two months after one of its assistant coaches, Jamill Jones, was placed on leave while facing assault charges in New York stemming from an alleged incident in which authorities say a man fell and died as a result from a punch thrown by Jones. While Jones is on leave, Wake Forest has had director of operations Justin Bauman assuming assistant duties, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.