Winston-Salem, NC, United States (4E Sports) – With seven freshmen on Wake Forest’s roster, junior small forward Travis McKie expects that his role on the team will not be limited on the court.
“If I go to Walmart, I’ll text them to let them know and take them with me,” said McKie, one of two players remaining from Jeff Bzdelik’s first team with the transfer of five players.
“They’re freshmen. They don’t know anything,” McKie added. “You have to teach them pretty much everything about basketball and campus life and being a college student.”
With many young players in their fold, the Demon Deacons will start at least two freshmen and they are not expected to contend, just like Bzdelik’s first two seasons.
Under Bzdelik, the Demon Deacons have won 21 total games – eight in his first season, 13 in his second – and have posted just five wins in ACC play.
The Deacs got off to a solid start Friday, posting a 79-67 win over Radford in a non-conference tilt. C.J. Harris led the way with 19 points, including 11 of 14 free throws.
The shooting guard is the league’s leading returning scorer after averaging 16.7 points per game while the 6-7 McKie averaged 16.1 points and seven rebounds per game last season.
And with such a young team, Bzdelik expects Harris and McKie to lead the young squad this season.
“We’ve had discussions about leadership,” Bzdelik said. “They need to grow into what leadership is, how to lead, how to inspire others. That’s also been something we’ve focused in on over the last few months, how to lead these young men.”
Last Friday, McKie scored 17 points to lead the Demon Deacons past Rollins, 73-66, in an exhibition game.