Deacs Target Nation's Elite

With two commits already in tact for the class of 2005, the Deacons look to secure at least one, if not two more commits. The following is a look at some of Wake's 2005 prospects as well as some early 2006 targets.

David Weaver and Kevin Swinton, both of North Carolina, have already committed to play basketball for Skip Prosser and the Demon Deacons in the future. With those two in the bag, who else is Wake Forest looking at?

Lewis Clinch (SG) Crisp County HS (GA)
This 6-foot-3 shooting guard has been playing with a chip on his shoulder, after not getting invited to any shoe camps. But that hasn't stopped Clinch, it's only motivated him. He's put up point totals of 46, 30, and 29 last week and that great play is continuing at AAU nationals, where he came off the bench and scored 22 points in a recent game. Everyone needs a scorer and that's why Clinch is such a hot commodity right now. He has offers from Wake Forest, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina State, Miami, and Kansas.

Maurice Joseph (SG) Champlain School (Ontario)
After averaging 10 points a game at ABCD camp Joseph scampered to Kentucky for Hoopfest and was quite impressive drawing a number of big time schools. This kid is athletic, but needs to work on his jumper. The 6-foot-5 slasher from Canada is looking at Wake Forest, N.C. State, Xavier, Richmond, and UMass although Wake seems to have cooled lately.

Mamadi Diane (SG) DeMatha Catholic HS (Hyattsville, MD)
At 6-foot-5 Diane is a tall guard with a solid stroke and good range. He lists the Demon Deacons as well as Maryland, Clemson, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, UConn, and Louisville. Watch out for Diane.

With five, possibly six scholarships for the class of 2006 the Deacs look good with some of the top players in the country and have a chance to put together a very strong recruiting class.

The thought of Chris Paul leaving Wake Forest is horrifying for some fans but as good as he is he very well may not be around all four years. That is exactly why Skip Prosser is looking at some of the top point guards in the country for the class of 2006.

D.J. Augustine (PG) Brother Martin HS (New Orleans, LA)
This 6-foot-1 point guard has had a great summer and is considered to be one of the top point guards the class of 2006. Augustine knows how to run a team and shows great leadership skills on the floor. He gets everyone involved, but can also get to the basket and score if needed. The quick point guard listed North Carolina, LSU, Wake Forest, Duke, and Michigan at adidas Superstar Camp and played in the underclassmen all-star game.

Mike Conley (PG) Lawrence North HS (Indianapolis, IN) As a teammate and close friend of Greg Oden getting Conley to commit to the Demon Deacons could lead to Oden doing the same. Wake Forest has recently picked up the heat on Conley and has offered him a scholarship. Conley's AAU team, the Spiece Indy Heat won the Big Time tournament in Vegas this past week. He led all scorers in their semi-finals game against the Dallas Mustangs with 21 and in the championship game he chipped in 9. Chris Monter of voted Conley as the tournament MVP and Dave Telep the National Recruiting Director for now says that Conley is the best point guard in the 2006 class at this time.

Luis Guzman (PG) Paramus Catholic HS (New Jersey)
There isn't as much hype on Luis Guzman as the previous mentioned point guards, but Guzman proved he can play at adidas Superstar Camp. He went head to head with Augustine in the underclassmen game and it was basically a draw. Guzman finished with 11 points and a couple of assists in the game. The slashing point guard lists Wake Forest as well as Florida State, Florida, and Virginia.

Wayne Ellington (SG) The Episcopal Academy (Merion, PA)
This versatile guard is a fantastic shooter and would be a great pick up for Wake if they can get in good with him. He is very tough to guard because of his ability to shoot and get to the basket. Playing with the Playaz Basketball Club, Ellington has had a fantastic summer on the AAU circuit and was selected to the all-tournament team at adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. Ellington is being recruited by many top notch programs like Connecticut, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, St. Joe's, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Arizona.

Gerald Henderson (SG) The Episcopal Academy (Merion, PA)
This guard is the real deal and if you peak at the schools recruiting him you will realize that. Henderson's list includes Villanova, Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. He gets to the rim well and has a great mid-range game. Henderson plays on the Playaz along side Ellington and Guzman.

Vernon Macklin (PF) Norcom HS (Portsmouth, Va)
Although listed as a power forward Macklin is an inside-outside guy and is capable of playing on the wing. He has great skills for a 6-foot-9 guy and his athleticism is through the roof. The "Big Ticket" runs the floor well and can jump out of the gym. Macklin and AAU teammate Stefan Welsh want to be a "package deal" and have there list narrowed to Wake Forest, Maryland, and UNC. The NBA is one of several issues that could come up with Macklin's recruitment.

Jamie Skeen (F) North Mecklenburg HS (Huntersville, NC)
Standing 6-foot-8 Skeen has the ability to post up smaller players and blow by bigger players. He handles the ball well for a guy his size and is one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina. Skeen wants to stay in state and has unofficially visited Wake. The Deacons, Tarheels, and the Wolfack are all major contenders for Skeen.

Greg Oden (C) Lawrence North HS (Indianapolis, IN)
If you follow basketball recruiting at all, you know the name Greg Oden. He's capable of being the number one draft pick in two years. Oden has great size and an inside presence that is intimidating. If, and that's a big "if", he decides to go to college the Deacons have a good shot of getting him. Oden has visited the likes of Wake Forest and Michigan State.

Other prospects of interest that DeaconSports will stay on top of include: Lance Thomas (06), L.D. Williams (06), Stefan Welsh (06), Billy Humphrey (05), Tony Freeman (05), Joevan Catron (06), and others. Of course, this early in the recruiting game for the class of 2006, expect more names to pop up on the radar – and DeaconSports will have all the coverage!

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