Four Sign Basketball Letters Of Intent

WINSTON-SALEM -- Four highly-touted high school seniors have signed letters-of-intent to play basketball at Wake Forest next season, head coach Skip Prosser announced today.

The four signees: Todd Hendley (6-9/Sanford, NC/Lee Senior HS), Jeremy Ingram (6-3/Kinston, NC/Kinston HS), Chris Paul (6-2/Winston-Salem, NC/West Forsyth HS) and Kyle Visser (6-11/Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central HS).

"We're very, very excited about the whole group," Prosser said. "I think our coaches have done a terrific job of identifying outstanding young players, who are also terrific kids, and have the ability to succeed academically here at Wake Forest.

"Terrific kids. Potential to be outstanding players. While recruiting is a very inexact science, the best laid plans of mice and men have gone astray, we're very confident that this will be a four player group that can't wait to come to Wake Forest, can't wait to play in the ACC. We're really looking forward to have the ability to coach them."

Rivals.com, which ranks Wake's recruiting class No. 19 nationally, wrote this: "Chris Paul is an outstanding lead guard who can drain long distance jumpers. Kyle Visser, Jeremy Ingram, and Todd Hendley are all solid pickups that give Skip Prosser's program a bright future."

Hendley averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots per game last season as a junior.

"Todd Hendley has great potential," Prosser said. "He runs the floor very well, plays incredibly hard, possesses some good perimeter skills. I think he can take his game away from the basket. Again, really an outstanding kid."

Ingram will come to Wake Forest from the same high school (Kinston) that produced former Demon Deacon standout Craig Dawson. He averaged 18 points and seven rebounds last season. Known for his long-range shooting, Ingram averaged four three-point field goals per game last season.

"Jeremy Ingram is a young man out of Kinston, Craig Dawson's hometown," Prosser said. "He's very athletic and has become a better basketball player to go along with his athleticism. I think he really has the potential to be a terrific defender. He's shooting the three well now. He's an exciting player to watch, and we're looking forward to coaching him."

Paul averaged 26 points and 8.7 assists per game last year as a junior at West Forsyth. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 3 point guard prospect.

"Chris Paul is as pure a point guard that you can find," Prosser said. "He's someone that can not only play well individually, but he also has a generalship that allows him to direct other players to do well. He's very unselfish and a constant leader on the court as well as off."

Visser averaged 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and three blocked shots per game as a junior and he averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds in postseason play.

"Kyle Visser runs well, catches the ball well for a big kid," Prosser said. "He has a good shooting touch away from the basket. I think he's going to fit in really well with what we're trying to do in terms of playing up tempo, and he has the size that allows him to compete with the upper echelon teams of the ACC."

Ingram and Paul have played together on the same summer all-star teams.

Three of the four signees are from North Carolina. Next year's roster will include seven players from in-state.


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