Where do the Deacons stand with top targets?

Corey Evans, Rivals Basketball Analyst
Deacons Illustrated

It seems as if James and Jake had the same idea in mind with Wake Forest and their recruitment of top-100 talents Isaiah Mucius and Jaylen Hoard.

Mucius, a four-star small forward that stands at 6-foot-7, is the type of wing that Danny Manning has come to value. Dating back to his first coaching gig at Tulsa, Manning has loved jumbo wings that can play a variety of spots, make shots and with the proper development program, turn into a building block type of talent. Mucius fits the mold and while his efficiency does have to improve, there are not many guys around with his size, length and upside. Wake Forest was his second scholarship offer and it has not backed off since then. However, others including Xavier, Oregon and more importantly, UConn, have remained in pursuit. Currently, Wake Forest is a top landing spot for him, though the Huskies may have the best chance.

While things are still on the fence with Mucius, I would much rather place my bets on Hoard. A 6-foot-7 power forward, Hoard is a versatile, talented prospect that could become a major asset at the high-major level. There has not been a ton of attention from the media given to Hoard. Attending the same high school as Wake sophomore guard Brandon Childress, Hoard is actually a native of France that moved to the U.S. last summer. While the Deacons missed on their top target from WCA two years ago, that being Duke one-and-done Harry Giles, this recruiting cycle may be the year that Manning and his staff enjoy their breakthrough and pick up the commitment of a top 50 player.


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