Shah donates additional $5 million to WFU Basketball
Jan. 26, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- With construction underway, the Shah Basketball Complex and the Sutton Sports Performance Center will have a transformational impact on player development for Wake Forest Basketball.

The $12 million project includes the construction of the $9 million Shah Basketball Complex, as well as a $3 million investment on the third floor of the Sutton Sports Performance Center. Preliminary site work for both began in November and a ceremonial groundbreaking will be held on April 7, 2017.

The Shah Basketball Complex will be named in honor of University alumnus and trustee Mit Shah ('91), whose $5 million lead gift made the facility possible. (Read more about Shah's leadership gift and longtime support of Wake Forest here)

The world-class complex will be the home of Wake Forest Basketball and will feature state-of-the-art basketball strength and conditioning and recovery areas, access to a dedicated sports nutrition area, a new practice gym with on-court film viewing areas which allow for immediate video analysis and enhanced coaching, as well as a myriad of resources and innovative sports science technology aimed at enhancing the overall athletic development and competitiveness of our basketball student-athletes.

The Shah Basketball Complex will be connected to both the Sutton Sports Performance Center and the Miller Center. With more than 40,000 square feet dedicated solely to Wake Forest Basketball, the programs will benefit from a new Sports Medicine facility with an expanded hydrotherapy area, 18,000 square feet for the new men's and women's basketball offices, locker rooms, team meeting rooms, film and video rooms, recruiting areas and a Wake Forest Basketball heritage room which will celebrate the strong tradition of our programs.

These new facilities will enhance not only the development and competitiveness of our current basketball student-athletes, but also our future recruiting efforts, enabling Wake Forest to attract the most talented student-athletes now and in the future. The world-class equipment, tools and resources that will be made available to the basketball coaching staffs and student-athletes in one central location are extensive and include:

Practice Gyms & Sports Science Technology

  • Existing practice gym in Miller Center will be renovated and enhanced and will connect to a new practice gym located in the Shah Basketball Complex.
  • Thirteen ceiling and wall-mounted goals will aid player development.
  • On-court film viewing areas will allow for immediate video analysis and enhanced coaching.
  • STATS SportVu Technology will provide extensive data to aid development and enhance competitiveness. This technology, used by many NBA teams, utilizes six-cameras throughout the gym to track the real-time positions of players and the ball 25 times per second. STATS is able analyze this player tracking data and create a wealth of advanced statistics based on speed, distance, player separation and ball possession. The combination of player and ball tracking and STATS' rich historical information database provides the most comprehensive and sophisticated basketball data stream available.
  • Noah Basketball Shooting System will improve players' shooting percentages. It is the only basketball shooting aid that can correctly measure the arc and depth of every shot taken while providing instant feedback to the shooter. The instant feedback allows immediate adaptability and correction to the shot, building muscle memory and confidence within the shooter.
  • Individual court-side gym lockers, like those found in leading NBA training facilities, will provide a space for players to store personal items and other training tools.
  • Centralized location of practice gyms, adjoining the coaches' offices and player areas, will provide maximized efficiency, productivity and convenience.

Strength and Conditioning & Player Recovery Areas

  • 6,400 square feet of dedicated strength and conditioning space for Wake Forest Basketball
  • State-of-the-art strength equipment including Sorinex Olympic platforms, free weights and Hammer Strength machines
  • VersaClimbers which provide total body cardio vertical training
  • AlterG® Anti-Gravity treadmill to help players recover faster
  • RPS Zero Gravity lounge chairs keep athletes' legs elevated during recovery sessions
  • Cryotherapy chamber to decrease pain and inflammation and facilitate faster body recovery
  • Convenient access to expanded hydrotherapy area with an underwater treadmill and hot and cold plunge pools

Nutrition Zone with Fueling Station

  • Dedicated nutrition zone with full-time sports dietitian who can provide nutrition counseling and educational resources
  • Teaching kitchen allows for enhanced nutrition education and counseling
  • Grab and go fueling station stocked with healthy snacks, recovery smoothies, and a gluten-free area
  • Dedicated dining area in the Shah Basketball Complex that can be utilized for team meals

New Coaches' Offices, Recruiting and Heritage Areas

  • 18,000 square foot of new coaches' offices, locker rooms and team meeting spaces featuring state-of-the-art technology
  • Theatre-style team meeting rooms with dual projectors for both the men's and women's teams
  • Recruiting room featuring an expansive 21'x 8' video wall with surround sound
  • Heritage area dedicated to the history of Wake Forest Basketball that will include an interactive touch screen display, program memorabilia and a Legends wall


In addition to the extensive tools, equipment and resources, another highlight will be the distinctive yet integrated visual design and graphic elements found throughout each of the facilities. Wake Forest Athletics partnered with Dimensional Innovations out of Kansas City, KS to create visually appealing spaces that are both authentic and inspiring to current student-athletes and recruits alike. The design will include a variety of visual elements from static graphics to display cases to interactive touch-screen displays.

Expected to be complete in the summer of 2018, construction of the Shah Basketball Complex, Sutton Sports Performance Center and the Miller Center hydrotherapy facility are occurring concurrently.

"The Shah Basketball Complex creates an incredible advantage for our program" said Men's Basketball Head Coach, Danny Manning. "Thanks to Mit's continued leadership and generosity, we're going from one of the oldest and least efficient facilities in the ACC to one of the very best in the country. As we continue to build the foundation for our program to compete for championships, the Shah Basketball Complex will serve as our hub for skill development, strength training and nutrition and enhance our ability to recruit the very best student-athletes where we can help them to be stronger, faster, more knowledgeable, more capable, and thus extraordinarily successful on and off the court."

"The new basketball performance center will be an absolute game-changer for our program," said Women's Basketball Head Coach, Jen Hoover. "It will be a major benefit in our recruiting efforts, preparation, strength and conditioning, recovery and overall performance of our team. This donation shows a commitment to the future of Wake Forest basketball and we appreciate Mit's generous contribution."

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