August 25, 2006

Fastbreak Friday: Wake Forest leads visit tour

Temperatures are still in the 90s and 100s in some places in the country and the feeling of fall is no where to be found but school is in session and prospects are making visits this weekend, kicking off two months of visits.

With a lot of phone calls and some help from the Rivals.com team publishers, we've uncovered a healthy number of weekend visitors.

Wake Forest starts the season off strong with four big timers coming to Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons could find some answers at the guard spot after the weekend with three of the top available guys making into town.

D.C. guard Chris Wright and Indianapolis point guard Jeff Teague might be the fastest guards still left on the board. Put them on the same floor with 2006 recruit Ishmael Smith and you have three quarters of one dynamic relay team for track.

Teague will trip Boston College this weekend as well and could be the next Rivals150 player to make a commitment. He is also considering Indiana, Southern Illinois and Xavier. He told Rivals.com last week that he has already unofficially visited each school at least three times.

Fresh off a trip to Clemson, hot ACC target Dorenzo Hudson joins the party in Winston-Salem. The in-state guard has a number of ACC schools on his short list. Hudson is headed to Virginia's Hargrave Military Academy in the fall.

Wyoming native James Johnson was one of the stars of the Nike All-American camp and saw his recruitment go national after that. Wake Forest was one of the first programs to jump into the race for the 6-foot-8 wing. He'll see the ACC school for the first time this weekend.

The Demon Deacons could very well start the fall off with a bang. Four Rivals150 players in town at the same time traditionally yields success shortly after. Keep an eye on what happens in Winston-Salem this weekend.

Louisville is wasting little time on the visit tour, too. Rick Pitino and his staff are hosting a pair of intriguing forwards. Chicago forward Mac Koshwal and Kansas City wing George Goode are checking out the Cardinals. Koshwal is one of the hottest names with the high-majors at the moment.

A handful of players are making key unofficial visits this weekend, too. The one player to watch the closest is Chandler Parsons. The 6-foot-8, four-star wing is taking a trip to Gainesville to talk to Billy Donovan. Could he leave as the next Gator?

Notre Dame is hosting Minnesota forward Jon Leuer, Texas Tech is bringing in guard John Roberson and Vanderbilt and George Mason are splitting time with Georgia wing Jordan DeMercy.

A pair of class of 2008 big timers are checking out a pair of Big Ten powers. Ohio native Delvon Roe will unofficially visit Michigan State while Michigan native Anthony Crater is checking out Ohio State.

Quietly, Iowa State picked up a commitment from Diante Garrett this week. The Milwaukee native is the second player to pick the Cyclones, joining five-star big man Craig Brackins. Garrett will take his official visit this weekend.

Jake Kelly from Carmel (Ind.) High School is officially visiting Pepperdine while Wichita State is hosting Arizona guard Ty Abbott.

Next weekend is shaping up to be a major visit period, with over 30 players bouncing across the country.

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