After a busy week of meeting with college coaches, Episcopal All-Met forward Arnaud Adala Moto committed to play for Wake Forest on Saturday.
Adala Moto in July narrowed his choices to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, UCLA and Vanderbilt. He had taken official visits to Wake Forest, Miami and Vanderbilt, but will cancel trips planned to Virginia Tech and Florida the next two weeks.
“Truthfully, I think in his mind, he’s known for a little while,” said Maroon Coach Jim Fitzpatrick, who played two seasons at Wake Forest and graduated from the Winston-Salem, N.C. school. “He expressed to me that he was feeling this way earlier this week, but this was a big week because Miami, Virginia Tech and Vandy, along with Wake Forest, were all coming in to have home visits.”
Miami Coach Jim Larranaga and assistant Chris Caputo visited the Alexandria boarding school on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech assistant Rob Ehsan came Thursday afternoon, followed by Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings and assistant Dan Muller that night.
On Friday, Wake Forest’s Jeff Bzdelik came with assistants Jeff Battle and Walt Corbean.
“I urged Arnaud, ‘You have to hear what they have to say,’ ” Fitzpatrick said. “They all focused on playing time and what his role would be for their particular team. Arnaud is a very smart kid and thoughtful kid. Ultimately, I think his comfort level with Wake Forest was strong because Wake had been recruiting him for two years.
“They always kept focusing on what Arnaud’s role would be and not only their want for him, but their need for him. Obviously, we all know Wake Forest had a really tough year this past year and had some offcourt issues they had to deal with and they need to start building for the future.”
The 6-foot-6 native of Cameroon averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds last season, leading Episcopal to a 25-3 record and its first Interstate Athletic Conference title in 13 years.