Tony Chenault, a 6-foot-1 point guard out of Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti, pledged to the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. After considering offers from Villanova, Indiana, Marquette, Rutgers and St. Joseph's, Chenault made the call.
"Jeff Battle (a Philly native) was the main source," Neumann-Goretti assistant John Mosco said. "We played down there Tony's freshman year and they've been on him since then. It's the Philly connection and Jeff played in the public league and he knew Tony's dad who was an all-city player in the early 80s."
Head coach Dino Gaudio evaluated him hard in the summer and the Deacs moved swiftly to get this done. "Gaudio told Chenault, ‘I see me giving you the ball at 8 o'clock and you returning it at 10 o'clock,'", Mosco said.
"Tony thinks is the perfect fit. It's a nice school. It's big enough but also small enough that he can fit in. Right now he's a B student and he can concentrate on his academics. He fell in love with the campus from Day One when we went up there. They play in the best league out there and Tony wanted to play against the top competition in the best league."
Chenault was strong in Las Vegas on the circuit. A team leader and a guy who values winning, this summer saw him do a lot of growing on the court.
"The Chris Paul Camp opened his eyes (about being a point)," Mosco said. "He started trying to make everyone around him a better player. That's what he worked on this summer and you could see him getting better at getting guys the ball."
Chenault is Wake's second commitment from the Class of 2010. In-state sniper J.T. Terrell is already on board.