Scouting Wake Forest
There's no question the Demon Deacons possess one of the biggest frontcourts in the ACC. With three starters standing 6-foot-9 or taller, Wake Forest has the ability to control a game on most nights from the inside out.
The Demon Deacons rank first in the ACC in field goal percentage (48.4 percent) and second in rebounding margin (+2.4), blocked shots (5.1 per game), field goal percentage defense (41.5 percent) and scoring offense (79.1 ppg).
Wake Forest (22-5, 9-5 ACC) is big, powerful and intimidating in the interior, but that is not to say the Demon Deacons are flawless. In fact, the secret to the best method of containing Wake Forest's vaunted frontline was let out about a month ago.
On Feb. 4, Miami operated out of a tightly-packed zone defense, which limited entry passes into the post and forced Wake Forest to beat the Hurricanes from the perimeter. But the Demon Deacons were unable to do so. They shot 3 for 20 from three-point range and ended up losing by 27 points. Wake Forest is shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
On Saturday, Virginia tried to limit Wake's effectiveness inside via a zone defense, as well, though the Cavaliers had considerably less success. Wake Forest still proved inept at breaking the zone with its three-point shooting, but the Demon Deacons did not submit to the intentions of the zone as they had done a month earlier. Wake shot 2 for 9 from beyond the arc, but the 22.2 completion percentage was less important than the low number of attempts.
Against the Cavaliers, Wake Forest drove the ball into the post, rather than settle for outside shots, and the Demon Deacons were rewarded with a 10-point victory.
Though Wake's collective strength lies in its frontcourt, the Demon Deacons are led by sophomore guard Jeff Teague (6-foot-2, 180 lbs.). Teague is averaging 19.7 points and 3.7 assists per game. He is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 48.2 percent from three-point range, while also leading the team with 54 steals.
Heading Wake's trio of frontcourt giants is sophomore forward James Johnson (6-foot-9, 245 lbs.). Johnson is tallying 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He is shootin 54.0 percent from the field and leads the team with 41 blocks.
The play-making abilities of Teague and Johnson have taken some of the burden off of freshman forward Al-Farouq Aminu (6-foot-9, 215 lbs.), who entered the season amid considerable hype. Aminu is averaging 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He ranks second on the team in blocks (31) and is shooting 52.1 percent from the field.
Rounding out the trio is junior center Chas McFarland (7-foot-0, 235 lbs.). He is averaging 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.
Junior guard L.D. Williams (6-foot-4, 210 lbs.) is Teague's backcourt partner. He averages 8.4 points per game.
Serving as Wake's sixth man is junior guard Ishmael Smith (6-foot-0, 175 lbs.). Smith ranks second on the team in assists (85) and averages 5.6 points per game. While his role at the beginning of the year was mainly to spell Teague, Smith recently has been used to complement Teague's scoring abilities.
Freshman center Tony Woods (6-foot-11, 245 lbs.) and junior forward David Weaver (6-foot-11, 240 lbs.) provides Wake even more size off the bench. Woods recorded six points and six rebounds in 16 minutes against Virginia.
Posted by: fushezzi | March 3, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Lee26 | March 3, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Lee26 | March 3, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 3, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.