Deacons Add Dukes To Mix

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons accepted a commitment this week that hopefully can help offset the loss of Chris Paul for the short term. The Deacs went into Georgia to land a senior guard.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were in the hunt for more help at the guard position next season. On Tuesday, they appeared to have found a guy to assist them.

Shamaine Dukes, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard/point guard out of Cuthbert (Ga.) Randolph-Clay, High committed to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Tuesday.

"I think he's one of the more underrated players from the state of Georgia," Dukes AAU coach Wallace Prather said. "He's won two state championships."

Dukes was watched by the Deacons at the Kingwood Classic when he ran with the Celtics. The Demon Deacons also went to Georgia to do a school visit with Dukes and the commitment came shortly thereafter.

Wake Forest remains in the hunt for some of the top tier point guards from the Class of 2006 like Mike Conley, D.J. Augustin and Tywon Lawson. Duke's, a member of the Class of 2005, should provide depth at both guard positions while leaving the Deacons the opportunity to continue pursuing guards in the 2006 class.

Dukes was the Albany Herald's co-player of the year. His high school team was 61-0 the past two seasons. As a senior, Dukes averaged 24 points, 8.4 assists and 7.7 rebounds.

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