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Wake Forest adds local guard Madison Jones to huge class

The 2012 recruiting class at Wake Forest was expected to be large, but with recent defections by Tony Chennault, Anthony Fields and Carson Desrosiers, the Demon Deacons had additional slots open up. With Saturday’s commitment by 6′-1″ point guard Madison Jones of Ravenscroft (NC), Wake Forest now has seven newcomers expected to fill out next season’s roster.

In a release from Ravenscroft School, Jones said,”Wake Forest has outstanding coaches who can help me develop as a player, and Wake Forest offers a great education. I’m excited about the future of the program and I really like that Wake Forest reminds me of a bigger version of Ravenscroft. I feel like I’ll fit in perfectly. This has been something I’ve dreamed of and it’s the best possible way to end an incredible senior year.”

In teaming with Louisville-bound sophomore Anton Gill, Jones led Ravenscroft to a North Carolina Independent title, and a 31-4 record. They also earned a berth in the ESPNHS National High School Invitational. Jones averaged 14 points and 4 assists as a senior.

The Demon Deacons have a potential star in guard Codi Miller-McIntyre as the headliner of the large recruiting class, but Jones could see time in a thin backcourt. The five other members of the recruiting class are solid forward Arnaud Adala-Moto, frontcourt players Tyler Cavanaugh, Devin Thomas and Aaron Rountree, and center Aaron Washington. This group figures to be the cornerstone to determine whether or not coach Jeff Bzdelik will turn the tide on the program. He’s struggled during his first two seasons, and patience may be wearing thin among the fan base.

American, Seton Hall and other schools also figured prominently into Jones’ recruitment. Jones played with the CP3 All-Stars on the grassroots circuit, the team sponsored by former Wake Forest star Chris Paul.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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