Wake Forest Signs McClinton and Overton to Letters of Intent
Nov. 16, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik announced today that two prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Wake Forest beginning in the fall of 2013.
McClinton is a 6-7 forward out of Winston-Salem. He played locally at Winston-Salem Prep, leading them to a state title in 2011-12, before transferring to Hargrave Military in Chatham, Va., to play on the school's post-graduate team for his senior season. As a junior last season, McClinton averaged 19.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in leading Winston-Salem Prep to its second Class 1-A state title. A four-star recruit, McClinton finished runner-up in voting for the Winston-Salem Journal's Frank Spencer Award, given annually to the top vote-getter for the newspaper's All-Northwest Team.
"Keeping local great talent is our priority, so we couldn't be happier with Greg's decision to attend Wake Forest," said Bzdelik. "Under the tutelage of coaches like Andre Gould at Winston-Salem Prep and A.W. Hamilton at Hargrave, and through his experience of playing AAU for CP3, Greg has developed into an extremely versatile player who couples his elite athleticism with a high basketball IQ.
"It also needs to be noted that Greg is an outstanding student who will fit perfectly into our student body on campus. We are excited to welcome Greg and his family into the Wake Forest community."
Overton is a 6-4 guard out of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. As a junior, he led St. Joseph's to the Philadelphia Catholic League title game before falling to Neumann-Goretti in overtime. A three-star recruit, Miles is the son of Doug Overton who played 11 seasons in the NBA from 1993-2004, including two seasons with the Washington Bullets while Bzdelik was an assistant coach for the team.
"Miles is a tough-minded, physically strong combo guard who has developed his game by playing for legendary coach Speedy Morris," said Bzdelik. "His high basketball IQ combined with his deep long range accuracy as a shooter makes him a welcomed addition to our team.
"Because of his father's background and the competition that he faces at St. Joseph's Prep, Miles has a strong competitive spirit and will to win. As a person of high character and values, Miles is a perfect fit for Wake Forest."
Wake Forest's 2013 Basketball Recruiting Class:
Entering his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... Played at Winston-Salem Prep before transferring to Hargrave prior to his senior year ... Plays on the post-graduate team coached by former Demon Deacon A.W. Hamilton, who played at Wake Forest in 2001 ... Will join current Deacons Codi Miller-McIntyre and Andre Washington and Hargrave alums to play at Wake Forest ... Played for coach Andre Gould at Winston-Salem Prep ... Led the Phoenix to the 2011-12 NCHSAA Class 1-A state championship, defeating Plymouth 61-49 in the title game ... Averaged 19.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in leading Winston-Salem Prep to a 31-1 record ... Finished runner-up in voting for the Winston-Salem Journal's Frank Spencer Award, given annually to the top vote-getter for the newspaper's All-Northwest Team ... As a sophomore in 2010-11, averaged 18.4 points and 11.3 rebounds to lead the Phoenix to a record of 24-10 ... Advanced to the 1-A Regional Finals before falling to eventual state champion North Rowan in overtime ... As a freshman in 2009-10, led Winston-Salem Prep to a mark of 25-4 and a berth in the 1-A West Sectional Finals ... ESPN rates him as a four-star recruit and the 17th-best small forward in the nation ... ESPN also has him as the sixth-best recruit out of the state of North Carolina and the 29th-best out of the Southeast region ... Scout lists him as a four-star recruit and the 22nd-best small forward in the country ... Rivals ranks him as the 23rd-best small forward in the nation ... Played AAU ball for the CP3 All-Stars ... Committed verbally to the Deacons in June 2012 ... Chose Wake Forest over offers from a host of major college programs, including Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Virginia Tech and Xavier ... Wears jersey No. 11 at Hargrave, the same number he wore at Winston-Salem Prep.
Entering his senior season at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia ... As a junior last season, averaged 14.9 points per game in leading the Prep to a 21-6 record ... Led St. Joseph's to the Catholic League finals before falling to Neumann-Goretti, 59-57, in overtime at the Palestra ... Played in the junior game at the 2012 Philly vs. New York All-City Classic ... Plays for coach Bill "Speedy" Morris, who also coached his father Doug Overton at La Salle from 1987-91 ... Father played 11 seasons in the NBA with eight different teams from 1993-2004 ... Doug played two seasons with the Washington Bullets from 1993-94 when Jeff Bzdelik was an assistant coach with the team ... Doug is now an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets ... Ranked as a three-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout ... ESPN lists him as the eighth-best recruit in the state of Pennsylvania ... Played AAU ball for the Philly Pride ... Committed verbally to the Deacons in September 2012 ... Chose Wake Forest over Marquette, St. Joseph's, Temple and Xavier ... Wears jersey No. 1 at St. Joseph's.