Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Mitchell Wilbekin, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Gainesville (Fla.) Rock School, has committed to Wake Forest and will follow coach Danny Manning there.
He had previously committed to Tulsa, Manning’s previous stop.
“Yeah, I did,” Wilbekin told SNY.tv by phone of his Wake commitment. “My relationship with Coach Manning and the rest of the staff and the chance to play in the ACC at a program like Wake that has a lot of basketball history are all things that I loved about it.”
Wilbekin, the younger brother of former Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin, said he also considered Virginia and USF.
“I think I can be a good point guard, a good leader,” he said. “I can shoot. I really just want to win and I’m willing to do anything it takes to win, whatever Coach Manning wants.”
Mitchell said his brother is “busy with workouts, trying to get ready” for the NBA Draft.
“And if he doesn’t he’ll be in Europe,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.