Senior forward Isaiah Mucius, who declared himself for the NBA draft just over a month ago while maintaining his eligibility, has decided to forgo his senior year at Wake Forest and stay in the NBA Draft.
Mucius finished his 4-year career at Wake Forest with 971 points, 479 rebounds and 91 assists. In his final year as a Demon Deacon, he exploded from beyond the arc, hitting 71 3-pointers on a career-high 36% shooting from beyond the arc, or 7 3-pointers from more than he did in his first 3 seasons combined. Along with becoming a weapon beyond the arc, Mucius was always a tenacious defender and a player who always left everything he had on the pitch. He could definitely have a future in the NBA as a 3 and D guy.
Steve Forbes will have his work cut out for him now, as Mucius’ decision leaves the Deacs with – at most – 2 starters returning from this year’s 25-win squad. If Jake LaRavia, who seems to be moving up the draft boards quickly, decides to head to the NBA as well, the Deacs could end up with just 1 or even 0 returning starters. That would be a pretty big hurdle for the coaching staff to overcome, as the starters have amassed over 70% of minutes played this season. Forbes has shown its ability to get great players off the transfer portal, so hopefully it can top up the roster before the season starts in the fall.
Good luck Isaiah and Go Deacs!