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ACC Recruiting: Two Big Four Schools Bag Shooting Guards

Wake Forest and NC State had good weekends.

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Wake Forest v Duke
DURHAM, NC - MARCH 01: Head coach Danny Manning of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons directs his team during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 1, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Wake Forest and State both picked up commitments from promising guards Sunday. Wake Forest got the nod from Top 30 Chaundee Brown.

A 6-5 shooting guard who plays for Florida’s First Academy, Brown chose Wake Forest over Kansas.

That’s a huge step up for Danny Manning’s recruitment at Wake. And as we have pointed out lately, for anyone who hasn’t been keeping up, Manning is building a solidly deep and athletic roster at Wake Forest.

We hope Wake Forest fans will give him a chance and not run him off if he has another less-than-stellar year. It takes some time.

Over at State, Mark Gottfried has picked up a commitment from Garner’s Thomas Allen.

Allen, a 6-2 shooting guard who attends New Hampshire’s Brewster Academy, committed in a tweet saying “I’m staying home.”

That’s the truth.

Garner is a small town and close enough to Raleigh to share basic municipal services.

Moreover, he probably won’t be gone after his freshman year, which is great news for Gottfried.

Recruiting with Duke and UNC next door isn’t easy and Gottfried’s basically scrambled from year to year to get players. It’s worked reasonably well - State has become a tournament regular again, last year aside, and has been competitive (and gotten better as nearly every season has developed too).

If he had his druthers though, Gottfried would probably rather not have to scramble quite so much.

Now, when Dennis Smith leaves, he’ll have several guards to turn to.