Deacons Land Second 2005 Recruit

Owen High in Black Mountain, N.C., has produced some heavy hitters in the sports world. The school's latest standout is headed to the ACC to play hoops.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams and former UNC center Brad Dougherty. That's not a bad list. Will center David Weaver ever break into that elite company?

Weaver, a 6-10 junior who averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds last season, picked the Demon Deacons after fielding scholarship offers from North Carolina State.

"We're going to announce it tomorrow morning," Owen High coach Roger Schnepp said. Weaver made unofficial visits to Wake Forest, Tennessee and NC State.

In the end, Wake Forest won out. "He's 15 years old. I think he'd be recruited by everybody in the country a year from now. I don't think he really wanted to go through that. He's a 3.93 grade point. [Wake's] a school of 4,000 and it's two hours from home."

Weaver is an interesting story. He was 6-2 in the 8th grade and hasn't stopped growing since. "His potential is unlimited," Schnepp said. "If he were a sophomore, he'd be one of the Top 10 kids in American in his grade. He's 6-10 and he's supposed to grow 2-3 more inches but he's big enough and athletic enough at his size that he wouldn't need to. He's going to be a better college player than high school player."

Apparently, Weaver's summer exploits at a few places drew quite a bit of attention. Though he didn't average huge numbers as a sophomore Schnepp can explain that. "That's because we can't get him the ball. We're not very good." Weaver was named the unanimous MVP of his conference tournament.

By all accounts, Wake Forest has landed a little bit of a diamond in the rough guy. Sources tell us he's very athletic with ball skills and has a touch on the perimeter that will help out in the college game. He must be very good because the Demon Deacons scouted juniors all summer long since they had given away their 2004 scholarships. The staff aggressively scouted the next class and Weaver along with Kevin Swinton are the two post prospects.

Wake has one grant remaining and that slot should go to a guard or perimeter player.


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