WINSTON-SALEM It took three straight disappointing seasons for the Wake Forest basketball team to get into the unenviable state it finds itself in going into the 2013-14 season.
Coach Jeff Bzdelik said its going to take every player he can work into the substitution rotation to get the Deacons out.
Our asset is our depth, and were going to play all of our guys, Bzdelik said at last weeks media day at Wake Forest.
Ten players who will take the floor for Black and Gold Madness scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday at Reynolds Gym are vying for playing time in the season opener against Colgate at home Nov. 8. By Christmas, Bzdelik said the number should expand to 11 with the return of Greg McClinton.
McClinton, a 6-foot-7 forward from Winston-Salem, is recovering from knee surgery performed last winter.
Hes doing really well, Bzdelik said of McClinton. ... He should be playing before Christmas, so that would give us 11 guys. We have good depth, we do. We have good speed and length.
Bzdelik said there are no plans to redshirt McClinton to preserve a season of eligibility.
No, not the way hes progressing, Bzdelik said. Crying out loud, our trainer had walked out of the room, and Greg had snuck in a drill dunking, and we had to pull him out. Hes dunked a couple of times.
So hes very, very close.
Coach Jen Hoovers womens team also will participate in Thursdays event, which is free and open to members of the public who arrive before Reynolds Gym reaches its capacity of 1,500. The doors will open at 7 p.m.
Both teams will scrimmage and compete in skills contests.
Bzdelik said the 10 players expected to play for the men against Colgate are sophomores Devin Thomas and Andre Washington at center, sophomores Tyler Cavanaugh and Arnaud Adala Moto at power forward, senior Travis McKie and sophomore Aaron Rountree III at wing forward and sophomores Codi Miller-McIntyre and Madison Jones, post-graduate transfer Coron Williams and freshman Miles Overton in the backcourt.
Were going to play a little bit different than we have in the past, Bzdelik said. Were going to press. Were going to press to speed up the game, were going to press to slow up the game. Were going to play some zone. Were going to play some man.
Youd better be better, or youd better be different.
Bzdelik said hell be counting on all 11 of his scholarship players, including McClinton, to take ownership of the team. Thats the reason he gave for not naming team captains.
Daniel Green, a 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore, is expected to miss a second straight season while recovering from a torn knee ligament.
Its involved everybody because everybody is going to have a piece of this puzzle, Bzdelik said. I go back to how important every possession is.
You might play five or six minutes, but its got to be the most important five or six minutes youve ever played in your life because that one minute there could make a ball game swing one way or the other.
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