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Projected starting lineup, key reserves for Wake Forest basketball

Projected starting lineup, key reserves for Wake Forest basketball


Wake Forest’s Danny Manning will have a few options in his rotation for his fourth season at the helm for the Deacons.

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.

Projected Starters

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.

Key reserves

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.

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