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9/06/2006 12:42:00 PM
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ... Wake Forest's Weekend At The Beach
Will forward Kevin Swinton (right) step up as a scorer for Wake in 2006-07?.
The Deacs won two blowouts over Bahamas-based pro teams.
1. Freshman Ish Smith, the kid who's expected to cure the Deacons' miserable point guard situation, is going to be part of the solution in '06-07. How much is still to be determined. Shamaine Dukes, one member of the ineffective PG-committee from '05-06, isn't going down without a fight. Dukes flirted with a triple-double -- eight points, 10 boards, eight assists -- in Wake's second Bahamanian blowout, a 106-63 victory over a local pro team named the Rockets. Smith, in the previous game, scored 12 points and dished out seven assists against just three turnovers. Coach Skip Prosser told the Winston Salem-Journal that while Smith "maybe sometimes erred on the side of being too aggressive," he was happy with how well the freshman pushed the ball. "I'd rather try to throttle him back a little bit than try to inject some adrenaline in his heart," Prosser said. And he'd rather have two competent point guards rather than ... well, zero.
2. Kevin Swinton came to Wake last year as a four-star recruit with the nickname "Franchise." After an early suspension for a keeping a paintball gun in his dorm room, he never became more than a bit player in the Deacs' rotation. In the Bahamas, however, he led the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game. On a team that lost its big three -- Justin Gray, Trent Strickland and Eric Williams -- to graduation, Swinton could step in and fill the void as a sophomore.