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ACC Roundup - Chris Collins Mentioned In The Wake Search

Didn’t see that coming

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Tournament-Northwestern vs Minnesota
Mar 11, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Chris Collins reacts late the second half against the Minnesota Gophers in the first round of the Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Wake’s situation continues to be fluid: freshman point guard Jahcobi Neath has entered the transfer portal but is still taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Wake grad transfer Ian DuBose meanwhile says he’s sorry Manning is gone but he’ll still be a Demon Deacon.

Speaking of Manning, Jeff Goodman says there's really two leaders for the Wake job: Steve Forbes and Wes Miller but maybe not anymore (see below).

Tommy Amaker’s name popped up but that appears to be over. But hold the phone! Chris Collins has been mentioned.

And also in this link, Conor O’ Neil of the Winston-Salem Journal is quoted as saying Wake has moved past Forbes and is looking at....former Duke star and assistant Chris Collins. Wow, that would be amazing. That would put K assistants at three other ACC schools.

In ACC news, Jeff Capel got a highly promising commitment when 6-7 William Jefress picked the Panthers Tuesday.

He’s a Top 100 recruit but he is also just 16 and reclassified from 2021 so he has a huge amount of room to grow.

Here’s his modest assessment of his game: “Pitt is getting a player who can do it all. I’m very versatile in my skillset. I can play the 1-4, but I’m mostly put on the wing at the three. They are getting an offensive threat as a scorer, a playmaker, and a person who is a leader on the court. One who gives passion and energy to the floor and can defend many positions really well.”

That gives Pitt a really nice class as he joins well-regarded future classmates John Hugley, Noah Collier, Max Amadasun and Femi Odukale. Pitt continues to build athleticism only now Capel is adding size as well. The Panthers are about to be a much more difficult team to deal with.

Last year, Mike Young and Virginia Tech had the same problem with size that Pitt did but worse. Next year?

That won't be nearly as much of a problem.