Conley Enjoys Visit

Skip Prosser had been waiting for this weekend for a long time, and now it's finally over. The Demon Deacon coaches hosted a trio of top 50 players on official visits this past weekend and according to one, all had a good time.

Mike Conley, Greg Oden, and Jerry Smith were all in Winston-Salem to visit the campus, check out the classes, and see if life as a Demon Deacon was for them.

While the trio still has a year before they will be eligible for college ball, decision time is approaching and according to Conley he had a great time on his visit.

"It went real well, I had a lot of fun," Conley said when reached Sunday afternoon. "I got to see a lot of the campus and the students, it was great."

One thing that really stuck out in Conley's mind, and surprised him quite a bit, was signs hanging all over campus.

"Probably the signs that were put up," Conley said of something that stuck out. "They were wanted posted that said, we want Conley, we want Oden, and we want Smith. It was real cool."

When Conley first got to campus, he headed to a class with Chris Ellis to check out the class sizes and to see just how a class on Wake's campus is. After the class, he headed to watch individual workouts before going bowling with the team that night.

In the past, Conley has said that Chris Paul was one of his favorite players in college basketball, so Paul being his host and getting to hang out with him all weekend had to be exciting. Paul showed him around the city, the dorms, and even the mall.

Skip Prosser has put a lot of time into recruiting Conley, and Prosser got the opportunity to talk to Conley alone and tell him just how much he wants him to be a Demon Deacon.

"We went yesterday at the end of the day to Coach Gaudio's house and he took us aside and talked to us each," Conley said. "Pretty much he told us how much he is committed to us, how he's been recruiting us forever, why Wake's better than other schools and what Wake has to offer."

What did Conley think about, what Prosser had to say? "Everything he said was true. It's a great school. Everything that was said about the small class sizes was true. When I walked into Chris Ellis' class there was only about ten people in there. I was surprised, but I see how you could learn better in that environment. I believed everything he said."

While Conley didn't commit, he said he will make his decision after his Ohio State visit.

Speaking of Ohio State, Daequan Cook, Conley's AAU teammate is committed to play there. Earlier in their recruitment the two expressed interest in playing at the same school together, and while that still may happen, Conley said that it's not as big of a factor as some may think.

"He's not a big factor," Conley replied when asked about Cook. "Him going to Ohio State...If I think about Ohio State, Daequan will still be there. I'm not going to pick a school by where Daequan goes."

Conley's other primetime teammate, Greg Oden, had a great time as well according to Conley.

"I think he liked it the same as I did, we had a lot of fun. It seemed like there was never a dull moment," Conley exclaimed. "There was a lot that we learned and we had a lot of fun with the players and we got to spend a lot of quality time with them."

So does Conley think he could be playing for the black and gold someday? "With out a doubt, I felt comfortable with the players, coaches, and the people down there," he said. "I could see myself playing at Wake Forest."


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