According to Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes, Damari Monsanto has made the decision to play this year and is available for the Georgia Technology Game.
Damari Monsanto “made the decision to play this year,” Steve Forbes said, and will be available to play at Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
—Conor O’Neill (@ConorONeill_DI) January 17, 2022
Monsanto underwent surgery to repair an Achilles injury sustained in training on June 9, 2021. At the time, it was announced that Monsanto would miss the entire 2021-22 season to recover from this operation, but it seems that his recovery has gone better than expected.
Although available, I’m not sure how Monsanto will fit into the rotation going forward. Forbes pretty much stuck with a 7-8 man rotation for most of the season with Khadim Sy, Cam Hildreth and Carter Whitt getting just about every bench minute for the Deacs. Wake has done quite well so far using this rotation, so we’ll have to wait and see if having another talented winger gets Forbes to make a switch.
Monsanto, a 6-6 forward, averaged 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 25 games as a redshirt rookie last season at ETSU. He was voted SoCon Freshman of the Year and SoCon All-Freshman Team by coaches and media and was also named All-SoCon Third Team by media.
Welcome, Damari. Go deacons!