07 Power Forwards Like The Deacs

Good big men don't come easily, however, Wake Forest is in good shape with a number of power forwards. Here's a breakdown of their recruitment and their game.

Wake Forest is looking good with a handful of big timers at the power forward position. James Hickson, Gani Lawal, Julian Vaughn and are all listing Wake Forest and all are ranked in Scout.com's top 21.

Hickson came in at the 21st spot, but there is still time for him to raise his ranking. At an intimidating 6-8, 220 pounds, Hickson brings a lot to the table. He plays tough defense and is working on moving his game further away from the basket. Hickson hasn't touched most of his potential yet, so look for this prospect in Georgia's high school playoffs as he is the anchor of a great team.

Hickson has Wake Forest, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Duke, Arizona, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia Tech all trailing him pretty hard.

Another star from the state of Georgia is Gani Lawal. Scout.com has him ranked as the 5th best power forward in the class of 2007. Lawal is a very good rebounder and will excel at the next level.

The Norcross High School product narrowed his choices in November to Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Duke, UNC and Wake Forest.

Julian Vaughn, of South Lakes High in Reston, Virginia, has already taken a visit to Wake Forest and even holds on offer from the Demon Deacon staff. Among the other offers are Clemson, Miami, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Ohio State, Boston College, Notre Dame, Michigan, Illinois, Georgetown, and NC State.

While he does lack strength, Vaughn is a good scorer in the post. He does tend to take a few possessions off, but the potential is there. He is pretty mobile for a guy standing 6-foot-9 and his jump shot has some range.

Patrick Patterson also has an offer on the table from Skip Prosser. While not ranked as high as the three power forwards listed above, Patterson certainly has game. He is pretty strong and has the ability to step out of the paint and knock down the jump shot. He runs the floor well too.

On the recruiting front, Patterson is beginning to get a good amount of attention. West Virginia and Kentucky have both been in the building for one of his games. Along with the those two and the Deacs, Georgia, Miami, Virginia Tech, Illinois and Tennessee have all shown interest.

One other power forward to keep an eye on is Michael Holmes.

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