Coming off a 13 – 19 record during the 2014-15 season, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are hoping for a turnaround performance this season.
With four seniors on their roster, and their share of strong recruits in tow to provide depth and give head coach Danny Manning some depth, the potential is there for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest is looking to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, and fans are hoping that this year could be the year they end their drought.
However, the team could be without their starting point guard when they open the season. On Monday, it was announced that star point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre would miss the next 4-to-6 weeks after requiring surgery to repair a fracture in his foot.
The 6’3” senior guard was an honourable mention All-ACC selection a season ago, as he averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game as a junior. During his collegiate career, he has only missed two games due to injury (one each as a freshman and sophomore).
With Miller-McIntyre possibly missing time, the Demon Deacons can turn to freshman guard Bryant Crawford to step in and lead the team from the back end. Practicing with the first-team will allow for Crawford to gain familiarity and comfort with his teammates, easing his transition into the NCAA.
If Miller-McIntyre misses the amount of time announced in the official release on Monday, he will miss the start of the season. The team is hoping to have him back in advance of the Maui Invitational tournament, when they take on Indiana to open up the main bracket.
Despite possibly being without their star guard to open the season, the season won’t be lost for the team. They have enough talent to overcome the loss of their star for the opening couple of games, and will kick things into a new gear when their star returns.
Wake Forest opens their season on November 13th against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.