Here are the projected starters for Wake Forest and five key reserves as the Deacons enter the season with Friday night’s matchup against Georgia Southern.
Bryant Crawford, 6-3, guard, junior: Enters the season on a 25-game streak of double-figure scoring, which tops the ACC, and includes a streak of four straight games with at least 20 points.
Keyshawn Woods, 6-3, guard, junior: Was the only Deacon to rank in top three for points, rebounds and assists for Wake Forest last year.
Chaundee Brown, 6-5, guard, freshman: Highest-rated freshman to arrive at Wake Forest since 2008, can stretch the floor with outside shooting and finish at the rim.
Terrence Thompson, 6-7, forward, graduate student: Transfer from Marshall will do the dirty work inside for the Deacons after averaging 6.5 rebounds per game last season.
Doral Moore, 7-1, center, junior: Most-improved player from last season is intriguing because of size and what he’s done in limited minutes with Deacons. Has only played 20 minutes twice in his career — in those games, he scored 19 and 13 points.
Mitchell Wilbekin, 6-2, senior, guard: Manning’s most-trusted defender and a 3-point threat, with his 146 career 3-pointers ranking ninth in Deacons history.
Brandon Childress, 6-0, sophomore, guard: Steadily improved throughout last season to the point that three of his six double-digit scoring games came in the final seven games.
Olivier Sarr, 7-0, freshman, center: French import is a four-star recruit who was the first player Manning brought off the bench in the exhibition game.
Donovan Mitchell, 6-8, sophomore, forward: Appeared in four games last season but fits the mold for what Manning wants when he deploys a four-guard lineup.
Sam Japhet-Mathias, 6-11, sophomore, center: Did not play in last week’s exhibition after playing in 17 games last season, but could provide size inside.
Danny Manning, fourth season: Enters his fourth season after guiding Wake Forest back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 last season. Holds a 43-53 record in his first three seasons with the Deacons and an 81-82 record as a head coach, coming to Wake Forest after two seasons at Tulsa.