Shortly after Wake Forest announced the firing of head coach Danny Manning, the Demon Deacons lost a 2021 commitment.
6-foot-10 center Trey James of Martin County (KY) announced his decommittment from the program via his Twitter account.
After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to decommit from Wake Forest University and reopen my recruitment. I want to thank Coach Manning, Coach Walters and Coach Childress for the opportunity and I wish the best to Wake Forest.Statement released by Trey James on Twitter
Wake Forest was James’ first scholarship offer and the chance to learn and play for Danny Manning was a huge reason he chose to commit to Wake Forest in the beginning. Now with Manning out, he will look elsewhere.
Before James committed to Wake Forest, he was being recruited by Ohio State, Xavier, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. And shortly after announcing his decommitment, Ohio State, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Butler reached out.
“They want to stay in contact,” James said of the schools that reached out. “They want me to come up for a visit whenever it’s safe and the school is cleared to open back up.”
I expect James to be heavily pursued over the next year or so. He’s has the ideal size, strength and attitude to be a successful Division I player at the high major level. He’s gotten a lot of respect from coaches in the past due to his work ethic and how hard he plays.
“Almost every coach I’ve spoken to has always told me that their favorite thing about me is either my toughness or how hard I play,” James explained.