Wake Forest basketball has an entirely new look for the 2012-2013 season. Coach Jeff Bzdelik brought in an unprecedented number of freshmen, seven in all, while the Demon Deacons lost five players to either graduation or transfers.
Bzdelik has to hope that at least a few of the freshmen are able to exceed expectations and produce quickly, or else his job is in serious jeopardy.
But even with all the newcomers, the Deacs will still be led by the one-two punch of C.J. Harris and Travis McKie. Last season, Harris led the team averaging 16.7 points per game, while McKie finished just below him with 16.1 per game.
Codi Miller-McIntyre was the top recruit in Wake's class, and has a bright future in gold and black. He'll be in charge of the offense from the start, and everyone will be watching to see how he handles being given the reins as a freshman.
Arnaud Moto is another freshman who will be counted on to contribute right away. The 6'8" forward is extremely athletic with long arms and a developing jump shot. He's a great slasher who can score but also plays solid defense.
Devin Thomas is recovering from a knee injury but should be back soon. With Daniel Thomas out for the season after tearing his ACL, Devin Thomas, as well as fellow freshmen forwards Aaron Rountree and Tyler Cavanaugh, will be counted on for depth.
Freshman center Andre Washington is a giant at 7'0" but is still a project. The remaining freshman, Madison Jones, won't get much time behind Miller-McIntyre but is an intriguing talent at point guard.
Finally, sophomore Chase Fischer will look to provide a spark for Wake with his ability to score from anywhere on the court. Fischer is an extremely skilled jump shooter but has an underrated all-around game. He takes care of the ball and hustles on defense, and will have to be a young leader as a sophomore with so many freshman on the roster.
If the freshmen play well, Wake could improve on their 13-18 record last season. They won four ACC games last year, which is about what I'm expecting this season. If they fare much worse, Bzdelik will most likely be looking for another job next year.