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Jeff Teague: Departing from Wake Forest

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 22:  Jeff Teague #0 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons reacts to making a basket against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Scott McGrathCorrespondent IJune 15, 2009

A disappointing decision for many Demon Deacon fans, and a relief for much of the rest of the ACC, Jeff Teague has decided to remain in the NBA Draft this year. 

Teague's announcement comes after he had decided not to sign an agent, following teammate James Johnson's announcement that he was in fact entering the draft with an agent.

Teague led Wake Forest with 18.8 points per game and a staggering 44 percent shooting from three.  He also added 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, as well as an impressive 82 percent from the line and 1.9 steals per game.

Wake Forest lost their top two players to this draft, but will return rising sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu, which gives hope to the program. 

Along with Aminu, the Deacons will have their largest, and most experienced, senior class in some years. 

Point guard Ishmael Smith, shooting guard L.D. Williams (although he would not be their main offensive production), power forward David Weaver and center Chas McFarland all will return to the Deacon lineup, along with highly touted rising sophomores Tony Woods and Ty Walker.

Wake Forest has high expectations for this team, especially with elite freshmen recruits Ari Stewart, C.J. Harris, and Konner Tucker.

The Deacons also appear to have one of the best recruiting classes in the ACC for 2010 with four highly ranked recruits verbally committed already.

Teague and Johnson will be tough players to replace, but the Deacons certainly have the talent present and coming in to remain as one of the best teams in the ACC.

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