"Yes, it is true," Shamaine Dukes' AAU coach Hulio Smith noted when asked if Dukes committed to Wake Forest. "I think Shamaine is going to turn out to be an excellent player at Wake Forest University He's quick, athletic, and a great shooter. And he's a good character kid."
"Basically, Shamaine above anything else is a winner. He's really a sleeper. He's going to be a great player in the ACC. He comes from a small town, Cuthbert, Goergia and his high school is on something like a 60-some game winning streak. They're back-to-back state champions with a winning margin of around 35-points per game."
Although Shamaine has many of the skills needed to compete at the ACC level, Coach Smith notes that, like almost every high school prospect heading into college, Dukes must get stronger. "Basically, as any player, he needs to get stronger and more physically ready," Smith said.
While Dukes has the ability to play at both guard positions, he will be counted on at point guard this upcoming season. "He's going to be a point guard and combo guard," Smith continued. "Probably a combo guard in the end, but a point guard next year."
While part of the attractiveness of the Wake Forest program was the playing time that was open after the departure of Chris Paul to the NBA, Coach Prosser and the Demon Deacon staff remained consistent with their strategy not to promise recruits anything more than a chance. "The only thing the staff promised him is that he needs to come in and work hard," Coach Smith said. "I think Skip does an excellent job. He's probably one of the most honest coaches of anyone I've had the pleasure of talking to."
Thanks to Prosser's honesty, Dukes was able to gain a comfort level with Wake Forest in a short period of time. The Demon Deacon staff visited Shamaine Dukes this past week and he committed shortly thereafter.
This past season, Dukes averaged 21 points per game for his high school while leading his high school to an undefeated record and a state title.
Stay tuned to DeaconSports in the coming weeks for more on Dukes' commitment to Wake Forest.