Exclusive Interview: Todd Hendley

Sanford N.C. native Todd Hendley, a 6'8" forward who averaged 18 points, ten boards, and three blocks for Lee County High last season, committed to Wake Forest this week. On Wednesday, DeaconSports talked with Hendley about his reasons for committing to Wake, his game, his future plans, and more.

After this past weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Todd Hendley knew what he wanted. He wanted to be a Demon Deacon.

Although Hendley drew early offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, UNC-G, and Furman while receiving heavy interst from the likes of Stanford, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, and Arkansas, Hendley knew Wake Forest was the place for him.

On Monday, a day after his official visit to Wake Forest, Hendley's recruiting process came to a sudden halt when he committed to Skip Prosser and the Wake Forest basketball program.

When asked whether he was dead set on Wake and whether he would take more visits even though he had verbally committed, Hendley said: "No, I'm not going to visit anywhere else. I'm set on Wake Forest. I committed because I knew I wouldn't be able to find a better fit overall anywhere else."

So, how did Hendley get set on Wake so fast?

Hendley came into Winston-Salem Saturday and first met with Coach Prosser and his staff. He then met other members of the Wake Forest basketball team including Vytas Danelius, Darius Songaila, Jamaal Levy, and Taron Downey. Hendley got along with those guys "very well," he said. "Chris Paul and I really hit it off as well," he added.

The 6'8" power forward also said he "fell in love with Wake Forest. I love the campus," he said. "It was a beautiful campus."

Wake's great facilities did not hurt Hendley's opinion of Wake either. "I love the Joel," he added. "It's the perfect size with great crowds. The new practice facility I like a lot as well."

"[Coach Prosser] also plays the style I like on the court. I'm best at running the court. It's the strong point of my game. I also do pretty well in the post and can shoot the three-pointer pretty well too. My coach said I hit 40-45% of my three-pointers over the past three tournaments."

As for the future, Hendley is working to extend his game more and is looking to become more versatile like the player many of his basketball friends compare him to - Dirk Nowitzki. "It's a running joke with some of my friends," Hendley said. "They say I look a lot like him."

As for the future, Wake fans will have plenty of chances to see their latest commitment in action. Hendley will play in the Southern Invitational this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia and the Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day weekend in the Triangle. He will also play in the State Games in Raleigh this summer, attend the Nike camp July 5th, and attend the AAU Nationals or the Big Time tournament later in the summer.

His Lee County High School team will also participate in summer camps at UNC-W and East Carolina.

We will have a little bit on the Southern Invitational in the coming days and DeaconSports' David Hall is expected to cover Hendley and other Wake prospects at that event this weekend.

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