WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Several players left Wake Forest early this offseason. Jaylen Hoard came aboard.
The Demon Deacons' highest-rated recruit in a decade was always going to play an important role this season. With four players exiting since the end of the season - two turning pro, two others transferring - Hoard figures to be the centerpiece of a team trying to reach just its second NCAA Tournament since 2010.
The 6-foot-8 forward - a consensus top-25 prospect and native of France who played high school ball in nearby High Point - was recruited by roughly a dozen power-conference schools before committing to Wake Forest last August.