Thu, 11/13/2008 - 01:09 — Press Release
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio announced today that
two prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to
attend Wake Forest beginning in the fall of 2009.
Guard C.J. Harris
(Winston-Salem, N.C.) and forward Ari Stewart (Marietta, Ga.) signed their
official commitments on Wednesday to join the Demon Deacon basketball family
Harris is a local product out of Winston-Salem's Mount Tabor
High School. The 6-2, 175-pound combo guard is yet another in a long line of
talented Winston-Salem area natives to sign with the Deacons. Harris joins Josh
Howard, Chris Paul and current Deacon L.D. Williams as recent local products who
stayed close to home to play their collegiate basketball.
currently a senior at Mount Tabor, playing under coach Andy Muse, the brother of
Deacon assistant Mike Muse. Last season, Harris was named to the North Carolina
4A All-State team after leading the Spartans to the state quarterfinals and a
Central Piedmont Conference championship as a junior.
19.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 4.5 steals per game to lead Mount
Tabor to a 26-4 record and a No. 7 state ranking last season.
rated by ESPN as the No. 16 point guard in the class of 2009. Rivals lists
Harris as the No. 25 point guard in the class, while Scout has him as the No. 26
"C.J. Harris has a chance to be a terrific player for
us," said Gaudio. "He comes from a great basketball program; Andy Muse is one of
the top high school coaches in the country. C.J. will come in incredibly
well-prepared for the rigors of college basketball. He's a combo guard that can
help us at both the one and the two, and he's a hard-playing kid who defends.
We're really excited about having him in the program. C.J. has a chance to come
in and be an impact freshman for us."
Stewart is a 6-7, 190-pound forward
out of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. Playing under coach Doug Lipscomb,
Stewart helped Wheeler to the Georgia 5A state championship game in 2007-08
before falling to Norcross and current Deacon Al-Farouq Aminu.
Stewart and NC State commitment Richard Howell, Wheeler enters this season as a
heavy favorite to win the state championship. The Wildcats are ranked No. 3 in
the nation and No. 1 in the Southeast Region according to PrepNation. ESPN
currently ranks Wheeler as the No. 7 prep team in the country.
season, Stewart averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game to help the
Wildcats finish 30-3 and earn a No. 21 national ranking.
Stewart is rated
by Rivals as the No. 53 overall prospect and the No. 11 small forward in the
class of 2009. Scout has Stewart as the No. 12 small forward and No. 61 overall
prospect, while ESPN lists Stewart as the No. 13 small forward.
Stewart can come in and be an impact player his first year for us," said Gaudio.
"He's a big guard who can not only shoot the ball but rebound. He is also a
terrific on the ball defender with his size and is an excellent rebounder. He
comes from one of the top programs in the country in Wheeler High School. Doug
Lipscomb has done a marvelous job with that program for years. Ari Stewart will
be an added dimension that we haven't had at Wake Forest since Josh Howard."