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Wake Forest's J.T. Terrell withdraws after DWI

Posted on: September 5, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 6:27 pm

By Jeff Borzello

It keeps getting worse for Wake Forest.

Three days after Ty Walker was ruled ineligible for the first semester after violating the student conduct code, the Demon Deacons suffered another blow.

J.T. Terrell, a sophomore guard and the team’s second-leading scorer, is withdrawing from the University and leaving the basketball team after being arrested for DWI on Saturday.

“Due to circumstances surrounding his arrest, along with other recent indicators, it is obvious to J.T. and his family that J.T. suffers from a serious medical condition which requires immediate attention,” Mike Grace, Terrell’s attorney, said in a statement.

Terrell ranked second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 11.1 points per game. The sophomore guard from Burlington, N.C. started 18 games and shot nearly 36 percent from 3-point range.

“We wish J.T. well as he seeks to turn his life around,” head coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “He is at an important crossroads in his life and needs to devote his full attention to recovering.”

Terrell expressed regret for his actions in a statement.

“I ask for your prayers and best wishes as I undertake the task of rebuilding my life over the next few months,” he said. “With your continued support, I hope to one day both complete my college education and play basketball at some level.”

Wake Forest went just 1-15 in the ACC last season, struggling to an 8-24 overall record. In addition to the departure of Terrell and ineligibility of Walker, the Demon Deacons have also lost double-figure scorer Gary Clark to graduation and starting forward Ari Stewart to a transfer. Leading scorer and rebounder Travis McKie returns, as well as point guard C.J. Harris, but the rest of the roster is thin.

Sophomores Tony Chennault and Carson Desrosiers will be counted on to step up and produce, while former Georgetown transfer Nikita Mescheriakov will also likely start.

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 6:48 pm

Wake Forest's J.T. Terrell withdraws after DWI

I am thankful that Terrell's family have come together with him and, rather than cover up his issues, have chosen to address them head-on. The school and team can wait while he gets the help he believes he needs. If only other young men and women would see this and realize that the issue is serious and may need to be addressed in themselves.

I also have deep respect for coach Jeff Bzdelik. He has had success in various college and professional teams and will likely prove to be a solid cornerstone for the Wake Forest men's basketball program. Playing in the tough ACC and being co-located with two of the toughest programs (UNC and Duke) in the conference means a difficult recruiting battle for the abundant local talent. Given some time, I am hopeful this program can compete.

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