Danny Manning is the new head coach at Wake Forest.
The No. 1 pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, Manning led Tulsa to a 21-13 mark this season, 13-3 in Conference USA, and an NCAA Tournament bid.
A year ago, Tulsa went 17-16 and qualified for the CBI.
Manning replaces Jeff Bzdelik,who went 51-76 in four seasons, 17-51 in the ACC.
“We are very pleased to welcome Danny Manning to Wake Forest,” said AD Ron Wellman. “There have been very few players who have had as much success on the court as Danny. He has played for and worked under a number of legendary coaches and he has been successful in his coaching career. We fully expect that Danny’s coaching career will reflect the excellence of his playing career.” To read more of this story, click here
Tyler Cavanaugh, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward from Jamesville-DeWitt High School, has verbally pledged to Wake Forest.
“When I stepped on campus I knew that it was the place for me,” he said by text. “When I met the guys it solidified my decision and I fell in love with the place. The size is nice and everyone is there to support you.”
Cavanaugh also had offers from Notre Dame, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, St. Joe’s, George Washington, Fordham, La Salle and UMass and others.
“I will bring my versatility to Coach [Jeff] Bzdelik’s system and fit in where I can,” he said. “I will bring an inside/outside game with toughness and the desire to win.”
Desmond Hubert, a 6-9 forward from New Egypt, N.J. High, has trimmed his list to five schools.
Hubert is considering Villanova, Princeton, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Maryland, he confirmed by text.
His only official so far will be to Maryland over Halloween weekend. Seton Hall Prep point guard Sterling Gibbs, who has committed to Maryland, will also visit that weekend. To read more of this story, click here
Tyler Harris, whose college list once numbered nearly a dozen schools, is now focusing on just five.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Long Island and St. Benedict’s Prep is considering Iowa, N.C. State, Providence, St. John’s and Wake Forest.
Two officials have been set, to N.C. State Oct. 1 and to Providence Oct. 15.
He still has home visits Sept. 20 with Iowa and St. John’s. A home visit with Wake could happen this weekend.
UConn is still on the periphery of Harris’s recruitment and head coach Jim Calhoun and Torrel Harris have a strong relationship, but because the Huskies have several wings in Jamal Coombs, Roscoe Smith and Niels Giffey, it is unlikely Tyler will end up there. To read more of this story, click here
The 6-foot-11 rising senior center out of Academy of the New Church now lists Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Virginia and Clemson.
Gilbert has already taken unofficials to Virginia, Ohio State, Pitt and Duke and plans to visit Virginia Tech next, possibly next weekend.
“I don’t have the exact date,” he said.
Asked if he had a favorite, Gilbert said, “Pitt.”
“He’s intriguing because of his upside,” East Coach Elite coach Terrell Myers said in June. “What people don’t understand is, they see 6-11, they look at him as an offensive player. He’s not an offensive player, he’s a defensive player.
“He can score the ball but I don’t think you’re going to throw it in and get Dwight Howard or Hakeem Olajuwon. That’s not who he is. Maybe you’re looking at more of a Greg Oden-type once he bulks up. He’s definitely similar to him.”