Wake Forest goes across the pond to land SG Cameron Hildreth

Cameron Hildreth — who committed to Wake Forest on Thursday — brings an international element to the Demon Deacons. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from England, Hildreth is the third commit in Wake Forest’s 2021 recruiting class; earlier this week, 4-star point guard Carter Whitt pledged to the Demon Deacons, too.

This wasn’t a one-team race to land Hildreth, either. Several other major conference programs offered Hildreth: Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Utah and Xavier. (Regardless of nothing else: Wake Forest fans should take note of involvement from Arkansas. Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman is one of the best in the business; in recent years, he’s helped turn Cody and Caleb Martin, Isaiah Joe and Mason Jones into NBA players/prospects.)

Wake Forest now as a trio of 2021 commitments. Back in July, first-year coach Steve Forbes picked up his first 2021 prospect: 3-star combo guard Robert McCray.

As of right now, Wake Forest is set to have a great deal of guard talent on the roster for the 2021-22 season. Whitt, McCray and Hildreth will all enter the program; East Tennessee State transfer Daivien Williamson be a factor, too. Jahcobi Neath, Isaiah Wilkins and incoming 2020 freshman Quadry Adams should also factor into that mix.

All of a sudden, it’s easy to visual the backcourt/wing depth needed to unlock a certain brand of basketball that Forbes put to good use at ETSU. Going back to his hire, it was obvious that Forbes would raise the talent profile of this program’s roster. So far, so good.

While at East Tennessee State, Forbes assembled four top-100 KenPom teams. The 2019-20 season was the high-water mark, though. The Bucs (No. 53 KenPom) won the Southern Conference with a 30-4 record (16-2 Southern Conference).

In each of the last two seasons, his teams have also ranked inside the top 75 nationally in terms of adjusted offensive efficiency. During the 2019-20 season, the Bucs shot 55.2 percent on their 2-point attempts, which ranked 11th best in Division I.


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