This year is a make-or-break season for head coach Jeff Bzdelik and the Wake Forest basketball program. Bzdelik has posted two consecutive embarrassing seasons with the Demon Deacons by going 8-24 in 2010-2011 and 13-18 in 2011-2012. Temper is high and patience is low in Winston-Salem. Fans are accustomed to cheering on a team that contends for ACC Championships, not the ACC cellar.
There remains guarded optimism amongst the Wake Forest faithful for this season. Four players return from last season, including the dynamic duo of senior C.J. Harris and junior Travis McKie. They were the team’s two leading scorers last season and were both All-ACC performers. Sharpshooter Chase Fischer and savvy big man Daniel Green—both sophomores—provide much-needed depth and continuity.
In addition, the Demon Deacons add the 23rd ranked recruiting class with seven incoming freshman, according to ESPN.com. The acclaimed “Sensational Seven” contains contributors from top to bottom.
The Demon Deacons boast two Top 150 prospects in point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre and forward Arnaud Moto. Miller-McIntyre displays incredible ball-handling abilities and makes his teammates better with his great vision, and he will be a huge boost for the Deacs who have struggled from the strong point guard position in recent years. Moto possesses tremendous athleticism and will impact the game on both sides of the ball, so do not be surprised to see him develop into a human highlight reel.
Wingman Aaron Rountree, power forwards Devin Thomas and Tyler Cavanaugh, seven-footer Andre “The Giant” Washington, and point guard Madison Jones all should develop into solid contributors off the bench.
With no further ado, here are seven bold predictions about the Demon Deacons this season. Should the team attain some of these challenging goals, expect Wake Forest to surprise some folks in the ACC.