The final few seasons of the Jeff Bzdelik era at Wake Forest did not go smoothly as far as the on-court product was concerned, but in his short time on the job, Danny Manning (yes, that Danny Manning) has already made an impact by adding real talent to the Demon Deacons squad. On Thursday, Manning added a potentially huge impact player for the 2014-2015 season in the form of Campbell senior transfer Darius Leonard.
Wake Forest adds Campbell transfer Darius Leonard, source told ESPN. Big man can play right away for Danny Manning.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 22, 2014
On the surface, it may not be a situation where the public is blown away by adding a player from Campbell, but Leonard is a real asset for Wake Forest given his combination of size and versatility. As a junior, the 6-foot-9 big man averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and adding players with real experience is always a positive for a coach in a new program.
Leonard’s top asset is probably his ability to stretch the floor a bit from the frontcourt, and that is something that Manning would likely be willing to utilize. It remains to be seen whether Leonard will be impactful from the moment he sets foot in Winston-Salem, but there is a reason that programs like Georgia Tech, Marquette and Miami were all interested in his services, and this is a nice add.