In ACC news, new Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes has done a critical thing and persuaded two potential defectors to give him a chance: 6-8 sophomore Isaiah Mucius and 6-3 Danny Manning recruit Quadry Adams was also okay with Forbes taking over.
Speaking of Manning, Conor O’Neill of the Winston-Salem Journal somewhat echoes something we’ve been saying, that his introverted nature made it very hard for people to get to know him and that probably cost him in some ways.
He also points out that Forbes noted this flaw in Manning himself, albeit indirectly, saying this on Friday: “You can’t be standoffish. You’ve got to be somebody that people feel like they know you and they feel they can come talk to you and know you.”
Continuing the Wake Forest theme, former Demon Deacon Alvis Rogers is now coaching high school near Pittsburgh and has memories of playing against Michael Jordan when he was a senior and Jordan a freshman. He wasn’t overly impressed at the time.
One more Jordan note: he’s about to become a father-in-law (did you know he’s already a grandfather?) as daughter Jasmine is about to marry former Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas. The first recruiting letters have probably already gone out.
Not basketball related but still something to remember: former Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love was killed ten years ago Sunday by her ex-boyfriend George Huguely. Huguely is still in prison and still trying to get out: he’s just filed another appeal. Barring other problems, his sentence runs through 2035.
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