Madison Jones’ on-again, off-again status with the Wake Forest basketball team ended Tuesday with his dimissal for a violation of athletic department policy.
Jones, a senior guard with good defensive skills on the perimeter, played in 32 games last season, starting six, before he was suspended indefinitely from team activities in March and then reinstated in May. He is the fourth member of Wake’s 2012 recruiting class to leave the program, leaving only Devin Thomas, Codi Miller-McIntyre and reserve big man Andre Washington.
Tyler Cavanaugh and Arnaud Adala Moto left the program before Danny Manning’s first season with the Demon Deacons. Aaron Rountree, more of a role player for Wake Forest last season, will spend his final season of eligibility at Iona as a graduate transfer.
The roster turnover has forced Manning to rely on a combination of freshman and veterans, with Thomas and Miller-McIntyre frequently joined by freshmen Mitchell Wilbekin, Cornelius Hudson and Konstantinos Mitoglou, affectionately known by some around ACC country as “The Greek Deac.”
Wake Forest’s 2015 recruiting class ranked No. 6 in the ACC and No. 32 nationally, according to 247Sports. Jones’ dismissal could open up playing time for Bryant Crawford, a four-star prospect from Washington, D.C. who chose the Deacs while holding offers from Georgetown, Louisville and SMU, among others.