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Wake Forest lands former Campbell forward Darius Leonard

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Campbell’s Darius Leonard (22) looks for a way around Charleston Southern’'s Paul Gombwer (15) during an NCAA college basketball game in the Big South men’s tournament, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Conway, S.C. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)


Wake Forest added a graduate transfer to its program Thursday, as it was reported by Evan Daniels of that former Campbell forward Darius Leonard will join the program. Leonard, who averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, was also considering Drexel, Marquette, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Despite being 6-foot-9 Leonard is a capable perimeter shooter, as he made 38 percent of his 92 attempts in 2013-14. That performance from beyond the arc came on the heels of a 2012-13 season in which he did not attempt a single three-pointer, and overall Leonard shot 50.4% from the field.

Leonard joins a Wake Forest front court that will be led by rising junior Devin Thomas, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season. The Demon Deacons did lose Travis McKie (graduation) and Arnaud Adala Moto (transfer), which makes the addition of Leonard an important one. Wake Forest also returns Tyler Cavanaugh, who accounted for 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest last season.

The 2014-15 season will be the first under head coach Danny Manning, who took over after the school decided not to retain Jeff Bzdelik.

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