#123 Wake Forest Men's Basketball 2013-2014 Preview

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

2013-2014 Overall Rank: #123
Conference Rank: #11 ACC

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Wake Forest is coming off of its second 13-18 season in a row. The Deacons have not reached the NCAA Tournament since 2009-2010, when they lost to Kentucky in the second round of the tournament. The team has been to four NCAA Tournaments in the past 10 years.

2012-13 Record: 13-18, 6-12
2012-13 Postseason: None
Coach: Jeff Bzdelik
Coach Record: 34-60 at Wake Forest, 145-165 overall

Who’s Out:
Wake Forest loses four players, but only one played a major role last season and two were walk-ons. That one important player, guard C.J. Harris, was the team's leading scorer last season, scoring 15.4 points per game.

Who’s In:
Wake Forest brings in three players, freshmen Greg McClinton and Miles Overton and graduate student Coron Williams. Williams' arrival will allow Overton to ease into his collegiate role and replace the scoring that left with Harris' graduation. Over the past three seasons at Robert Morris, Williams has made 209 three-pointers (42 percent). He averaged 9.1 ppg last year in just over 24 minutes per game. McClinton, the younger brother of former Miami Hurricane star Jack McClinton, comes in as one of the higher ranked small forward prospects from last year. He was averaging about 19 points and 13 rebounds a game at Hargrave Military Academy before tearing his ACL in January. Overton is the son of former NBA player Doug Overton, who played 11 seasons in the world's top league.

Who to Watch:
The Demon Deacons bring back four starters, including three frontcourt starters. Two of those, Devin Mitchell and Travis McKie, will be looked upon to be team leaders. McKie was second on the team in ppg with 13.5 and also second in rebounds with seven, just behind Mitchell. Mitchell also averaged nine points per game. Unfortunately for Wake Forest, other than those four starters, not much experience returns. Just two of those returnees averaged between 3.5 and 5 points per game.

Final Projection:
This season looks to be another struggling one for Wake Forest, as 10 of the scholarship players are sophomores or freshmen, eight of which are sophomores. Because of the lack of experience, McClinton and Overton might be pushed into action earlier than they'd hoped. If the players on the team continue to develop, the Demon Deacons might be able to qualify for one of the lesser postseason tournaments, the CIT or CBI. Next season and the season after should be ones where we see how good the team can be.

Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT

Projected Starting Five:
Codi Miller-McIntyre, Sophomore, Guard, 8.1 points per game
Coron Williams, Grad., Guard, Transfer from Robert Morris
Devin Thomas, Sophomore, Forward, 9.1 points per game
Travis McKie, Senior, Forward, 13.5 points per game
Arnaud W. Adala Moto, Sophomore, Forward, 5.6 points per game

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 67.5 (167th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 70.3 (265, 11)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.4 (169, 9)
Field-Goal Defense: 45.5 (295, 12)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.4 (249, 10)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.5 (139, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.0 (215, 8)
Rebound Margin: -2.4 (265, 11)
Assists Per Game: 11.4 (272, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.4 (250, 10)

Madness 2014 NBA Draft Rankings:
#100 Travis McKie

Madness 2013 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#118 Greg McClinton


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