Wake Forest added to their 2014 recruiting class today with the commitment of point guard Mitchell Wilbekin.
"After re-opening my recruitment, I've decided to commit to Wake Forest University!!" Wilbekin said on his Twitter account late Monday afternoon.
Wilbekin, who was released from his NLI to Tulsa on April 28, saw rising interest once Tulsa removed his NLI Recruiting Ban.
"Virginia, South Florida, Boston College, Wake Forest and Cincinnati were all showing interest," said Wilbekin, whose brother Scottie helped Florida to the Final Four this year.
Wilbekin spoke with new South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua and a campus visit seemed likely, particularly when factoring in Wilbekin's relationship with USF signee Troy Holston. Meanwhile, two ACC schools quickly offered Wilbekin -- Virginia and Wake Forest -- and official visits were scheduled just as quickly. Thursday evening thru Saturday Wilbekin and his family visited Wake Forest. A visit to Virginia was scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, but things began to change Saturday evening following his trip to Winston-Salem.
"I loved it," Wilbekin said of his Wake Forest visit. "I loved the campus. It isn't too big and isn't too small, I loved their facilities and the town. Plus, I have a very strong relationship with Coach (Danny) Manning and his staff."
On Sunday, Wilbekin contacted Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and asked to reschedule his official visit. He told Rivals.com that he needed "more time to reflect on my Wake visit." By Monday morning, Wilbekin canceled the rest of his visits and soon afterwards committed to Wake Forest.
"My relationship with Coach Manning and the rest of the staff, a chance to play in the ACC, a program that has lots of history are all things I wanted and am now getting at Wake," said Wilbekin.
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