Chennault Talks Championship

Wake Forest basketball signee Tony Chennault joined fellow signee Carson Desrosiers as a state champion this past week, leading his Neumann-Goretti High squad to a state title. DeaconSports caught up with the future Demon Deacon point guard following his team's title win to talk about his season and plans going forward.

Tony Chennault now knows how it feels to win a state championship. The Deacon Deacon signee, who will join the Demon Deacons for the 2010-2011 season, had a tremendous playoff run, leading Neumann-Goretti to a state title.

"[It was] fantastic, anytime I can help my team win, I'm very happy," said Chennault who scored 18 in the title game. That in a nutshell sums up what Tony is all about, winning. He takes pride in being the leading scorer for his Neumann-Goretti state champs but said it would mean "absolutely nothing" if he had not won the title.

Now that his high school career is over (except for the Philadelphia City All Star game against the suburbs team in April) he now turns his attention to getting ready for his Wake Forest career and what he hopes will lead to another, slightly bigger championship.

"All of us are coming in there for one thing and that is to win a National Championship," he said. Nobody can foretell what awaits him and his soon to be new teammates, but one thing for sure is if they don't want to work hard towards that goal, they will hear from Tony.

"I think the point guard sets the tone for his team with his work ethic and leadership by example, both of which I plan on doing the right way."

After his arrival on the Wake Forest campus on July 6th, he will start trying to earn the respect and confidence of his future mates starting in the Triad Pro-Am. "Hopefully, people will see just how talented and committed me and the other players are to a winning program as soon as we hit the floor in the summer league."

While confident, he is not brash nor boastful of his own ability but went on and on about the other guys he has played with or watched play who will join him at Wake Forest as one of the most celebrated incoming classes Wake has had.

"JT [Terrell] can really score the ball and Travis [McKie] is just a beast all the way around. Mel [Melvin Tabb] is a really good player who has not gotten the press he should have because he was a team guy and not a me guy. I've only talked with Carson on the phone but he willed his team to the state championship and will be very good at Wake."

Asked if he was going to work on anything particular about his game between now and when he reports to Dino Gaudio in July, he responded "I want to continue working on my shooting and ball handling between now and then. I plan on taking a week off and then get down to some serious training again."

One thing Chennault wanted to make clear was that he hopes and plans on being the starting point guard from day one and does not mean it as a knock on any current players, just that it is where he fits best. "Point guard is my natural position and I will be very glad to play it again after having to play off the ball this year for my team's success."

He wants the Wake fans to know one thing about him -- he is ultra competitive and dedicated to the game of basketball. "I would rather die than lose," he said.

That statement describes just the type of player that we will see at Wake Forest and reinforces two of the words often used to describe Chennault: "competitive" and "winner."

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