Forward Darius Leonard Signs With Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest has officially added fifth-year forward Darius Leonard, a transfer from Campbell University, to its roster for the 2014-15 season.

Leonard, who graduated from Campbell this spring, is eligible to play immediately for the Demon Deacons. The Raleigh, N.C. native has enrolled in Wake Forest's Liberal Studies graduate program and have one year of athletic eligibility remaining.

"We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Darius Leonard to our program," said Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning. "Darius is a versatile player who has a good understanding of the game and is a quality young man. We are looking forward to his experience and maturity having an immediate impact on our program."

Leonard, a 6-9, 225-pound forward, averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. He played in 32 games with 30 starts for the Camels and shot 50.4 percent (127-of-252) from the field and 38 percent (35-of-92) from 3-point range.

"I connected with Coach Manning and the rest of the staff. I can see his vision for me," said Leonard. "Coach Manning has played at the highest level and coached at the highest level. I really felt that I could connect with him as a player. I thought that was a great thing to be able to learn from him. Coach Manning has told me what role he wants me to fill, and I'm just going to go out and do whatever he asks me to do."

Leonard originally attended Kent State University as a freshman in 2010-11, playing in 30 games for the Golden Flashes, who won the Mid-American regular season title and advanced to the third round of the Postseason NIT that year.

He then transferred to Campbell prior to the 2011-12 season and sat out the redshirt year due to NCAA guidelines. In his first eligible season with the Camels in 2012-13, Leonard played in 33 games with 20 starts and averaged 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the field.

A native of Raleigh, Leonard played at Kestrel Heights High School in Durham where he averaged 16.9 points and 11 rebounds as a senior in 2009-10.

Leonard chose to transfer to Wake Forest over offers from Virginia Tech, Miami and Drexel.


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