Wake Forest joined the growing list of college basketball programs that landed their first recruit from the 2013 class in recent days, with the verbal commitment of 6′-6″ small forward Greg McClinton of Hargrave Military Academy (VA). McClinton is a North Carolina native that will be attending his final high school year at Hargrave Military, which is a long-running prep school powerhouse.
A terrific athlete, McClinton is formerly of Winston-Salem Prep (NC). He told the Winston-Salem Journal,”I wanted to go to the school that wanted me the most and the school that recruited me the hardest. I felt like that was Wake Forest. I always was a fan of Wake Forest growing up. It’s always good to stay at home and play in front of your family.”
With a good seven member recruiting effort in 2012, Wake Forest could be considered to be on a bit of a roll on the trail. Still, coach Jeff Bzdelik and his staff need to introduce continuity to his program, which has been beset by transfers during Bzdelik’s short tenure, so far.
McClinton is a solid start to 2013, and could be a building block for a future that includes incoming freshmen point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre and wings Aaron Rountree and Arnaud Adala-Moto.
While not the most skilled prospect, McClinton has a high upside and part of the a talent filled backyard for Demon Deacons. Going forward, the addition of McClinton could be a significant one for Wake Forest.