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Two days ago Wake Forest received verbal commitments from the 3rd best and 18th best (rivals) high school players from the class of 08. Aminu and Tony Woods join Ty Walker (10th best) to form arguably the best recruiting class of 2008. Combine this powerful frontcourt with the decent recruiting class of this year - a four star PG, 4 star SF, and 3 star SG-- and the numerous freshmen and sophomores of last year and Wake Forest will be a force to be reckoned with in two years. Granted next year will be full of frustrating losses and boneheaded plays but knowing that there is hope is enough for now. Players such as Ish Smith, LD Williams, David Weaver, Harvey Hale, and Jamie Skeen showed flashes of brilliance in between maddening underclassmen mistakes. However, because last year there were only two seniors and zero juniors on the team these players I mentioned get the benefit of loads of playing time so by the time they are juniors and seniors should be solid players. Next year them and the up coming freshmen will receive loads of playing time so they should develop quickly with no pressure to really do well. Ishmael Smith is the floor general who did as good of a job as he could being a freshman point guard in the ACC. While not as highly recruited as Ty Lawson or Crittenton he still lead the ACC in assists per game. He is one of the quickest players in the ACC, so once he learns to control his speed and develop a half court game he should be extremely dangerous. Harvey Hale is another name that could become much more popular in the next 2 years. If anyone watched the Wake Forest Georgia Tech Acc playoff game they know exactly what I am talking about. In one of the most exciting games of the season he scored 21 of his 22 points in the last 2 minutes of the game and the two overtimes. Of course he followed that game up by scoring 5 points in the Virginia Tech loss. All of these players will develop consistency with time, and playing time is exactly what Prosser will be giving them so I am confident that, for several years after this one Wake Forest will be competing with the likes of Duke and UNC, not only the ACC title, but national recognition as well. The times of Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, and Josh Howard are on there way back.

 

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