Emmanuel Okpomo commits, Wake Forest lands 3-star 2020 center

Wake Forest basketball is on the board with a frontcourt commitment for its 2020 recruiting class: Emmanuel Okpomo.

On Tuesday, Okpomo, a 3-star center from Oak Hill Academy, committed to the Demon Deacons. The 6-foot-10 Okpomo is now the second incoming freshman in the 2020 class, along with 3-star guard Quadry Adams.

Okpomo initially committed to and signed with South Florida; however, back in April, Okpomo got out of that commitment. 247 Sports ranks Okpomo as the No. 47 center in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Okpomo had other offers from UConn, Houston, VCU, Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State, where Steve Forbes used to coach.

This marks the first high school commitment Forbes has landed at Wake Forest — since taking over from Danny Manning two months ago. Okpomo will join a frontcourt rotation with sophomore center Ody Oguama, who flirted with the idea of transferring before electing to return to Wake Forest.

Forbes has already landed a trio of transfers, too: Jonah Antonio (UNLV), Jalen Johnson (Tennessee) and Daivien Williamson (ETSU).

Since his arrival in Winston-Salem, Forbes has seen a couple key players depart the program: Olivier Sarr (Kentuck) and Chaundee Brown (Michigan). Two earlier 2020 prep signees — Jaylon Gibson and Marcus Watson — asked for and received a release from their letters of intent. Gibson, a Raleigh product, will now head to NC State.

Forbes, however, managed retain notable players like Jahcobi Neath, Ismael Massoud and Isaiah Mucius.

Prior to his dismissal, Manning landed commitment from two other transfers: Ian DuBose (Houston Baptist) and Isaiah Wilkins (Virginia Tech). After the coaching change, though, those two remained committed to Wake Forest.

With the commitment of Okpomo, Wake Forest now has one scholarship remaining for the 2020-21 season.


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