Danny Manning to Wake Forest

Danny ManningDanny 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

Kameron Mitchell to Wagner; Moto to Wake Forest

Kameron Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound combo guard who has been compared to J.J. Redick and Teddy Dupay, has verbally pledged to Wagner after an official visit this week.

“I just felt a real connection with the coaches,” Mitchell told SNY.tv, referring to head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Bobby Hurley, the former Duke star.

“I feel like we can reach my full potential at Wagner. It’s just a good fit for me in all areas.” To read more of this story, click here

Cavanaugh to Wake Forest

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.”

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Carter, Hubert Still Weighing Options

After taking weekend official visits, New Jersey products Elijah Carter and Desmond Hubert are still weighing their options as they move closer to decisions.

The 6-foot-2 Carter, a Willingboro, N.J., native, visited Oregon State this past weekend and watched the football team pound Cal, 35-7, on Homecoming Weekend.

“I had a great time,” Carter said by text. “I really enjoyed the college life out there.” To read more of this story, click here

Carter, Hubert Hit the Road

Two of New Jersey’s top 2011 recruits will hit the road on official visits this weekend when guard Elijah Carter trips to Oregon State and forward Desmond Hubert heads to Maryland.

“Taking an official tomorrow [Friday] to OSU,” Carter said Thursday night by text.

A year after initially committing to St. Bonaventure, the recruitment of the 6-foot-2 Carter has exploded, with Pac-10 and Big East schools getting involved.

At this point, Seton Hall, Oregon State and Charlotte appear to be the most likely destinations for Carter, who plays at Brewster (N.H.) Academy. To read more of this story, click here

Desmond Hubert Trims List to 5

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 Down to 5 Schools

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

Jabarie Hinds Narrows List to 3

Jabarie Hinds has narrowed his list to three schools.

Oklahoma State, West Virginia and UNLV.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Hinds out of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High had previously considered Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Miami and UConn.

Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said no dates are finalized for official visits, but Hinds plans to take his officials in the “September/October window”.

After that they could “further evaluate Wake Forest.”

Hinds is the No. 23 point guard in the Class of 2011.

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Kyle Wiltjer Cuts List to 7

Kyle Wiltjer has cut his list to seven schools.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit is down to California, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, he said by text.

Wiltjer, the No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2011, has no visits planned but said he plans to take one to Cal.

“Everyone is pretty equal, but they [Cal] probably will [get a visit],” he said.

Wiltjer had a tremendous summer with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, winning the Las Vegas Fab 48 and the Pumps event in California.

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Malcolm Gilbert Trims List to 6

Malcolm Gilbert has cut his list to six schools.

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.”

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