Does Wake Need Danelius?

Ken Pomeroy has an interesting bit up comparing Wake Forest to UNC for this coming season. His point is that everyone seems to have Wake penciled in at #1 even though UNC also returns everyone, had a very similar 2003-2004 campaign and has a better recruiting class. The one factor in Wake’s favor is the healthy return of Vytas Danelius. Ken says that his impact on Wake is overrated.
He makes a good point, but he misses the fact that Danelius was never fully healthy last year. The year before, Danelius was probably Wake’s best player and he was a preseason first team All-ACC last year. While adding yet another player doesn’t always make a team better, when he’s an all-conference level performer, that has to count for something. If nothing else, it’s more protection for foul-prone Eric Williams.