Dukes Will Sign Wednesday

This past week, Wake Forest received their fourth commitment from the class of 2005 with a commitment from Georgia guard Shamaine Dukes. Sunday, DeaconSports spoke to Dukes about his commitment to Wake Forest.

"I always wanted to play point and they came in at right time," Shamaine Dukes said. "I love that team the more I think about it. I love the way they play, their style, their conference, the location. It's still in the south so my parents can come see me play. Basically they're everything I want."

Though Wake Forest had always shown interest in Dukes, the interest in Dukes picked up when point guard Chris Paul left Wake Forest for the NBA. "They've always been a choice, but they really came [on strong] 2-3 weeks ago," Dukes noted. "The head coach came down here and talked to me. Also, Jerry Braswell from here, he went up there. He played up there."

While on his visit to Georgia, Coach Prosser gave Dukes a straight forward view of the situation at Wake Forest. "He kept it real. He told me I could have playing time when I get down there, but only if I can compete and I can get my spot. I've got to work hard for my spot. He didn't just tell me I could have it."

Working hard and competing is just what Dukes plans to do in Winston-Salem. In leading Randolph-Clay High to two straight crowns, Dukes has learned how to win. "I'm a winner," Dukes responded when asked what makes him a special player. "A Scorer. [A] contributor, whatever it takes to win, I'll do it."

With Dukes' commitment to Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons will now finish off the class of 2005 with Dukes signing this upcoming Wednesday. Other '05 signees include center David Weaver, power forward Kevin Swinton, and guard Harvey Hale. Dukes will sign his letter-of-intent at 11:00 at his high school on Wednesday morning.

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