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FOX ACC Basketball Final 2011 Report (Wake Forest)

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Wake Forest (8-24, 1-15) – "The struggles rendered this one of the program’s least productive years in its history. The Demon Deacons lost home games to horrible teams outside the league, and were rarely competitive inside the league. Otherwise, there’s little else to say." Grade: F. Other New Coaches: Boston College (21-13 overall, 9-7 ACC) – "The first year of the Steve Donahue era was much better than most expected, but you have to think the Eagles missed an opportunity to hang an NCAA Tournament banner at Conte Forum. BC was good enough to play in the dance, but lost some games it never should have, notably to Yale early in the season. A game like that is proof early season games matter. This was still a solid season, and Donahue proved to be a quality hire." Grade: B-. Clemson (22-12, 9-7) – "Brad Brownell did such a good job coaching the Tigers that he’s made it a bit more acceptable for other fan bases to understand it’s okay to hire someone from a school few know about. Though, basketball people knew Brownell could coach going back to his UNC-Wilmington days. Clemson exceeded expectations and really developed into a fine team by March. What was most impressive was how the veterans bought into what Brownell wanted. Demontez Stitt and Jerai Grant won’t be around anymore, but their attitudes helped speed up the process of Brownell shaping the program into his image. This was not just a good season, but was one the program can build from. Clemson is in good shoes moving forward." Grade: B. Virginia (16-15, 7-9) – "At times, you could see Tony Bennett’s vision of how UVa hoops in the future, and at times you had to scratch your head wondering what on earth Bennett was doing. Give him the benefit of the doubt, though. To implement what he wants to takes more than two seasons, and there was enough evidence for Cavaliers’ fans to be optimistic about the future, especially if Mike Scott can play next year. Missing him this season hurt a great deal, as too often UVa had zero inside game." Grade: C. (Direct Link to FOX ACC Final 2011 Report Part I [Boston College - Maryland]) JoshuaR makes an excellent point: Note that in FOX's review of Donahue at Boston College, Brownell at Clemson, and Bennett at Virginia, they had these positive things to say about the coaching and affirmatively endorsed their visions. Boston College - Steve Donahue: "The first year of the Steve Donahue era was much better than most expected. This was still a solid season, and Donahue proved to be a quality hire." Clemson - Brad Brownell: "Brad Brownell did such a good job coaching the Tigers that he’s made it a bit more acceptable for other fan bases to understand it’s okay to hire someone from a school few know about. Clemson exceeded expectations and really developed into a fine team by March. What was most impressive was how the veterans bought into what Brownell wanted. This was not just a good season, but was one the program can build from. Clemson is in good shoes moving forward." Virginia - Tony Bennett: "At times, you could see Tony Bennett’s vision of how UVa hoops in the future, and at times you had to scratch your head wondering what on earth Bennett was doing. Give him the benefit of the doubt, though. There was enough evidence for Cavaliers’ fans to be optimistic about the future, especially if Mike Scott can play next year." Wake Forest - Jeff Bzdelik: FOX had absolutely nothing good to say about players buying into the coach, the coach doing a good job adjusting with his personnel, or about any evidence to be optimistic about the future. I wasn't going to mention it but the fact that FOX had nothing to say about any evidence to be optimistic and had nothing good to say about our coach is pretty glaring. Thanks for bringing that point up JoshuaR!
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And does Coach Bzdelik Coach Up-Tempo, or Slow-&-Clunky? KenPom Knows!

All after the jump. It took a while, so if you disagree please don't just accuse me of being some kind of fifth column. Many people who used to comment here at BSD such as DaDeacs & Grand Tanyon...

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Eerily Accurate Prediction by the CO Gazette On Where Wake Basketball Would Be Right Now

To me what matters the most when it comes to whether to endorse Bzdelik's slow, plodding wannabe Sendek/Odom style of play, or a fast-paced style of play, we really are considering two key aspects...

Katz: "Multiple ACC Sources Are Convinced That Wake Forest Is Years Away from Being a Mid-Level Team"

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Andy Katz: "Multiple ACC sources are convinced that Wake Forest is years away from being a mid-level ACC team, so it wouldn't come as a huge surprise if Bzdelik ends up returning to the NBA as an assistant." On the one hand it's disturbing because Katz is accurate and loves Wake Forest. On the other I hope Bzdelik jumps bail & saves us from himself.

ACC Sports Journal: Red Flags Surround Bzdelik

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As Wellman decided, while many names were mentioned by the client - fans - and the media, the search appeared to head straight for Bzdelik. Fans may never know for sure if he made a run at Brad Stevens before he signed an extension, or Brad Brownell. Wellman again dug a hole here by saying a big reason he fired Gaudio was because he wanted someone who could succeed in the postseason. Bzdelik’s résumé is mostly empty when you look at his postseasons as a college coach. Bzdelik's also setting off alarms in recruiting. Under the prior two coaches, Wake stepped up its recruiting presence, and itself in front of many players listed among the top in the country. While Wake didn’t land all of them, the talent level picked up. Coming off this disastrous season, fans want to know that more talent is coming into the program. But so far, Wake’s presence with the top names has disappeared almost entirely. In addition, fans have watched top local talent, with whom Wake once was involved, leave for other schools, such as Quincy Miller (Baylor), Deuce Bello (Baylor) and Tyler Lewis (N.C. State). Five recruits are committed for the next two years, and the list of other offers for those recruits was underwhelming: Tulsa, Wichita State, UNC-Wilmington, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Marshall. Yikes. Winning doesn't come recruiting "sleepers." Wake fans are extremely sensitive to this, because they lived through it with Dave Odom. Odom rarely even approached top talent & instead aimed lower, and got a slew of mediocre talent and an almost constant transfer list. No surprise that Odom’s greatest success came with his highest-ranked recruits, such as Rodney Rogers and Randolph Childress. Wellman recently defended Bzdelik, saying he didn’t care about the number of stars, which wasn’t exactly what the client wanted to hear. He also brought up Tim Duncan as an example of a player who flew under the radar but led Wake to success, which was ridiculous, since Duncan’s scenario (unknown high school swimmer from Virgin Islands signs with Wake over Delaware State and becomes NBA legend) may never be played out again. In the current basketball world, a body and talent like his no longer goes unknown. For every Alec Burks (a three-star recruit of Bzdelik’s who blossomed at Colorado), there usually are several misses when you recruit at that talent level. Soon after Wellman’s declaration that he knew Bzdelik was recruiting players with whom he could win, the Deacons landed Codi Miller-McIntyre for the Class of 2012. The opening sentence in the Winston-Salem Journal was this: "Codi Miller-McIntyre flew under the radar into an ACC program Thursday, when he committed to play basketball at Wake Forest." That’s not exactly a confidence boost for the client, either.

Tad Boyle Out-Recruiting Ex-Buffs Coach Bzdelik

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A Denver Post piece chronicling how Tad Boyle, a coach better than ours & our coach's replacement at CU, is out-recruiting Bz, whom we're ostensibly under a prison sentence aka 'supposed' to keep for another year.

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