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The first of three Wake Forest underclassmen has made the decision to jump to the NBA. Sophomore James Johnson is headed for the draft, according to the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Johnson, a 6-9 forward from Cheyenne, Wyo., averaged 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds this past season for the Demon Deacons, who are awaiting word from sophomore guard Jeff Teague and freshman forward Al-Farouq Aminu.

Johnson's decision is not a huge surprise, although Wake coach Dino Gaudio said after the Deacs' first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Cleveland State that he thought all three players would return for the 2009-10 season. At 22, Johnson is two years ahead of most players in his recruiting class.

Johnson told the Wyoming paper he would sign with an agent, closing the door on a possible return.

"If I sign with an agent and get into a training camp, it will help me out a lot," Johnson said. "I just want to work hard and go as far as I can."

HT: The Big Lead

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Aminu will not be declaring

That is what he told Dan Collins from the W-S Journal at the Saturday football scrimmage. Rumor has it that he also turned in his housing application for next year to room with Tony Woods & Ty Walker.

James is the best of the three...

This is a bummer, but not a big shocker though. Out of the three, he is ready to make an immediate impactin the NBA...he is a man among boys right now on the WFU team. This will be a big loss to the Deacons upcoming fortunes...just hate we didn't make any noise in the tourney...we definitely had the talent to. I wish this was a factor to keep him around another year, but I guess $$ calls!

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.
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