TOC Briefs: C.J. Barksdale & Dezmine Wells

Two 2011 names Wake Forest fans need to keep a close eye on are C.J. Barksdale and Dezmine Wells. DeaconSports spoke with both of them briefly last weekend at the TOC.

All indications are that 2011 forward C.J. Barksdale has had a great AAU season thus far. He is averaging over 21 points a game for the Richmond Squires which is tops on the team.

Following a disappointing loss against Grassroots Canada last weekend at the TOC, Barksdale was kind enough to talk to reporters about his play.

"I'm trying to get used to playing both small forward and power forward," said Barksdale. "I never know if I'm going to get taller or stay my same height so I want to be able to play all positions."

How did Barksdale feel about his play at the TOC? "This weekend has been going alright but I haven't been playing up to where I can be playing. I'm just going to keep working hard to get better."

As far as recruiting goes, Barksdale has a long list of suitors. "I'm getting recruited by most of the top ACC schools as well as Alabama and Florida. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have offered me as well as Florida and Alabama and UNC is looking at me."

Barksdale also mentioned he hopes to make a few visits soon. "I'm calling the coach at Wake next week to set up a visit for next month sometime. I'm also going to call UNC and Florida. I'm supposed to visit Florida soon too."

Another 2011 prospect that had a great weekend at the TOC was CP3 All-Stars guard Dezmine Wells. Wells was terrific in the open court and showed good strength and explosion to the basket and had the ability to finish when he got there.

"We have been playing real good as a team," said Wells. "I feed off how the team plays. When we are all playing good my game gets better. My coach says you are only as good as your next play and I try to live by that philosophy and always play hard."

On the recruiting front, Wells is starting to get some much deserved attention. "I'm hearing from Virginia Tech the most. Also Baylor, South Carolina, some from Wake Forest and Villanova."

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