Wake Forest’s Steve Forbes Craftly Rebuilds the Demon Deacons
While not traditionally an ACC powerhouse, second-year Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes has made some great moves this offseason, putting the Demon Deacons in a position to win following the loss of several key upperclassmen. Bringing in four top-tier transfer additions to combine with the 54th-ranked incoming freshman class in the nation, Wake Forest is a team that could be sneaky good in the ACC behind a highly effective scoring offense.
Wake Forest Transfer Additions:
Tyree Appleby, Florida
10.9 PPG / 2.1 RPG / 3.7 APG
Davion Bradford, Kansas State
3.3 PPG / 1.9 RPG / .2 APG
Andrew Carr, Delaware
10 PPG / 5.1 RPG / 1.3 APG
Jao Ituka, Marist
15.3 PPG / 3.1 RPG / 1.6 APG
Only one starter from a season ago remains in Daivien Williamson, while redshirt sophomore Damari Monsanto, as well as freshman Cameron Hildreth, Matthew Marsh, and Robert McCray; who all saw minutes last year, should see extended roles next season.
Add into the mix Florida standout Tyree Appleby, 2022 All-CAA Tournament Selection Andrew Carr, 2021-22 MAAC Rookie of the Year Jao Ituka, and 7-foot big man Davion Bradford, and Wake Forest has a squad with depth at almost every position and lots of high-major experience.
With the class of 2022, Wake Forest will bring in two top-150 prospects in three-star forward Zach Keller and four-star forward Bobi Klintman. Although both are raw, each has the ability and play style to fit into Forbes’ plans from year one in Winston-Salem and should find solid contributing minutes off the bench.
Let’s take a look at what we expect the Deamon Deacons starting five could look like heading into next season with all the new features Fobers has assembled.
TRP’s Projected Lineup for Wake Forest:
Tyree Appleby, G
Daivien Williamson, G
Damari Monsanto, F
Andrew Carr, F
Davion Bradford, C