What a big recruiting weekend coming up for Wake Forest with the Demon Deacons hosting two of the best prospects in the country. Teammates Mike Conley, the No. 35 ranked player in the 2006 class, and Greg Oden, the No. 1 ranked player in the 2006 class, will both take their first official visit this weekend.
When Rivals.com spoke briefly with the pair during the Real Deal on the Hill this past weekend, the more reserved Oden did not express much emotion concerning the visit, but Conley, who has had Wake Forest at the top of his list for some time now, expressed more emotion.
"I'm very excited about the visit," said Conley, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound point guard who plays with Oden at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Ind. "I'm really looking forward to it."
Conley and Oden, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound center, also said they expect to visit Ohio State some time in May but are unsure if they will take any other visits.
Oden did not name any other schools of interest, but Conley did list three other schools.
"Along with Wake Forest and Ohio State, Illinois, North Carolina and Arkansas are my top five," he said.
Both players had a very good tournament although they, along with their Indy Spiece Heat teammates, stubbed their toe against Memphis Pump N Run in the championship game. Conley did not play to usual high standards and was outplayed by MVP Willie Kemp. Along with Javaris Crittenton, Kemp and Conley were the three best point guards in the event.
Oden was absolutely dominant until the championship game. He did not have a bad game by any means, but Wayne Chism held his own against Oden, and Oden was unable to dominate the action like he had in all the previous games. In fact the reserved Oden was visibly frustrated by Chism's physical play. It was clearly one of the few times that Oden has been unable to have his way on the court.