January 17, 2012

Super Six part one: Rountree update

Wilson (NC) Greenfield's Aaron Rountree is enjoying his senior season, but cannot wait to join Wake Forest's basketball program.

The 6-foot-9 and 190-pound prospect, rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com has led Greenfield to a 16-3 record and a first-place spot in its division.

"I've been playing well lately, haven't been scoring as much, but blocks, assists and rebounds are all up," Rountree said.

He is averaging 12 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and six blocks per game.

Greenfield has not lost since dropping two games at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament in Raleigh.

The Knights defeated High Point Wesleyan 73-64 Monday, Jan. 16, a team that is led by 2012 Florida State commitment Montay Brandon and elite 2014 prospects Theo Pinson and JaQuel Richmond.

"We have a good chance of winning the state championship, especially if we keep playing like we've been playing right now," Rountree said. "Defensively we're just locking people down. We have nine games left in the regular season, two conference tournament games, and then four games in the playoffs, because I'm planning on winning the state championship."

Rountree plays point guard for the Knights, but will likely fit in as a small forward with the Demon Deacons. Wake head coach Jeff Bzdelik and his staff will be able to use Rountree's versatility in a myriad of ways, which will take advantage of the stat stuffer's giftedness as a multi-positional basketball player. He can go inside to crash the boards, out to provide help defense on the perimeter and to be an extra ball-handler and passer.

"They [Bzdelik and Walt Corbean] just told me to keep playing hard and to keep working hard, and keep trying to get better, so I can make an immediate impact next year," Rountree said. "I feel that I can just help that I can play so many different positions, and I can just do so many different things. I feel like I can just fill in at any role that's needed. I just want to be able to help wherever I can help out, or anything that they need me to do I'm just ready to do it."

Rountree is keeping tabs on the rest of the "Super Six," and plans to be in Winston-Salem Tuesday, Jan. 31 when the Demon Deacons (10-7, 1-2 ACC) host rival No. 8 North Carolina (15-3, 2-1 ACC).

"[Arnaud Adala] Moto's physical," Rountree said. "He can score. He can do it all. He's just a great player. Codi's [Miller-McIntyre] also like that where he can do so much. Tyler Cavanaugh can step out and shoot the jump-shot, and he's about 6-8, 6-9, and Devin [Thomas] is just a work horse. He just works. He just rebounds. That's what he likes to do. Andre [Washington] is 7-feet, and you can't teach height. He has potential to be really good. I'm excited about our future."

The Deacs could use the "Super Six" now. Wake ranks eighth in the ACC in scoring offense (67.6 points per game), last in scoring defense (69.3 points allowed per game), and is getting outrebounded by nearly five boards a game by the opposition.

"I think they're just struggling with their size right now, their depth," Rountree said. "It's hard for them to get rebounds and kind of keep up with teams that are fast and big in transition. They live and die by the three also, which is tough, because sometimes they get static in their offense, but I think they'll be fine. That was a big win over Virginia Tech to start the conference off right. They still have a chance. All it takes is one game to shift your whole season, your whole momentum, so I'm still hopeful."

Wake Forest only has nine players on scholarship and will lose starters Ty Walker and Nikita Mescheriakov to graduation, but welcome depth, size and talent in Rountree and the rest of the "Super Six".


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