Where Is Von? Wafer To Heritage

It's been a long, strange trip for Vakeaton Wafer -- and it ain't over yet. The 6-5 SG from Louisiana left Homer (LA) Pineview to go to Fort Worth (TX) Paschal and he left there to go to Laurinburg (NC) Academy. Now he's reportedly headed back to Texas.

The kid is supposedly showing up in the Lone Star State on Saturday to tour Cleveland (TX) Heritage Christian -- and word has it he's going to stay there and play. This time for good. At least so says Heritage coach Jerome Tang.

"Regardless of where he went, I knew he'd end up here," the coach said late Thursday night. "We were the first school to call his dad, and his dad told me they were talking about switching schools. I told him we could help his son qualify."

Wafer, of course, burst onto the national scene with his performance at the Houston Kingwood Classic in late April. He was playing for coach Tim Loring's Arkansas Wings, and he turned in a performance that was the talk of Hal Pastner's talent-rich event.

He continued his strong play throughout the summer, justifying the hype over and over again, performing up to par at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival and Nike All-America Camp.

"We were going to be really good," Tang said of his team. "We were going to be one of the best teams in the state regardless of classification. But with him, we're going to be able to score 70 or 80 points a game instead of 50 or 60, because he's going to give you 20 every night."

Wafer averaged 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists last winter going up against small-school competition at Pineview.

"His dad called and said things weren't working out up there (at Laurinburg)," Tang added. "So he's going to enroll here Monday. That's what his dad told me."

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