Mitchell Wilbekin Signs With Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Guard Mitchell Wilbekin has signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Wake Forest beginning next season, head coach Danny Manning announced today.

Wilbekin, a 6-1, 165-pound combo guard, was a four-year starter for The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla. where he led the Lions to the 2013 state championship and was a first team all-state honoree and the 2014 Sunshine State Independent Athletic Association Player of the Year.

"We are excited about Mitchell joining our basketball program here at Wake Forest," said Manning. "He is a scoring combo guard with a great shooting touch and a knack for finding the open man. Mitchell will be a great fit for Wake Forest on and off the court. He has had a great mentor in coach Justin Harden at The Rock School and outstanding role models in his parents Svend and Katy. We're looking forward to Mitchell joining our Demon Deacon basketball family."

Wilbekin originally signed an NLI with the University of Tulsa in the fall but was released by the school last month.

Wilbekin averaged 14.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals as a senior this past season, leading The Rock to the SSIAA state semifinals.

As a junior in 2012-13, Wilbekin was named first team all-state after averaging 15.2 points and 3.6 assists per game. He was also named the state tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Lions to the state championship alongside teammate and future Kansas center Joel Embiid.

As a sophomore, Wilbekin was a second team all-state honoree who averaged 12.3 points and 2.7 assists per contest.

Wilbekin is the younger brother of Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin, who recently completed his collegiate career by earning 2013-14 SEC Player of the Year honors and leading the Gators to Final Four.

Wilbekin joins guard Rondale Watson (Lewisburg, W.Va.) as incoming freshmen to Wake Forest next season.


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