WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning announced Wednesday (Nov. 8) that four prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Wake Forest beginning in the summer of 2018.
Forward Jaylen Hoard (Le Havre, France), guard Jamie Lewis (Atlanta, Ga.), forward Isaiah Mucius (East Patchogue, N.Y.) and guard Sharone Wright, Jr. (Florence, S.C.) signed their official commitments to join the Demon Deacons next season.
The class is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation by 247 Sports, marking the first time since 2010 that Wake Forest has signed a top-10 class.
Hoard is in his second year playing high school basketball at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C. A five-star recruit, he is ranked No. 19 in the class by ESPN.com, making him the highest-ranked player to join the Demon Deacons in 10 years. The 6-8 forward has represented France on numerous youth national teams, including at the 2016 FIBA U-17 World Championships where he was a teammate of current Wake Forest freshman Olivier Sarr.
“Jaylen Hoard is a multi-dimensional, versatile young man who can play inside and outside,” said Manning. “He can score all over and is a very good passer. With his length and athleticism, he is going to bring an element to Wake Forest basketball that we haven’t seen in quite some time. His family, parents Antwon and Katia and siblings Anaia, Leah and Elijah, have been very supportive and we are excited to have them a part of our program.”
Mucius is a consensus four-star recruit playing his senior season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The 6-8 forward is ranked as high as No. 70 by 247 Sports and is the No. 17 small forward in the class.
“Isaiah is a long wing who is extremely versatile,” said Manning. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder and wears his emotions on his sleeve. He is a great kid who comes from a great family as his parents, Matt and Tessie, have done a wonderful job with him and his brother, Myles.”
Lewis is a four-star 6-3 guard who is playing this season at Findley Prep in Las Vegas. He is ranked No. 88 overall in the class by 247 Sports and is the No. 18 point guard. Both of his older brothers currently play collegiately as Kenneth is a sophomore at Shaw University and Daniel is a freshman at UCF.
“Jamie Lewis a gifted guard who can play the one or the two,” said Manning. “He has a great feel for the game and has a body that is ready to play at the collegiate level. He can score and facilitate the basketball. He has a great support system in his family with his dad, Ryan, and his older brothers.”
Wright is a four-star 6-5 guard from West Florence High School. The son of former NBA player and Clemson standout Sharone Wright, he is ranked as the No. 24 shooting guard in the class by ESPN.com.
“Sharone Wright is a very talented, athletic guard who we feel can bring a lot length and versatility to our team,” said Manning. “I have known his father for an extremely long time, who was a great player in his own right, and remember competing against him in the NBA. We excited to have them join our Wake Forest basketball family.”
The 2017-18 Demon Deacons begin the season Friday by hosting Georgia Southern.