A $15 million donation from Ben Sutton, an alumnus and local business leader, will allow Wake Forest to complete a project designed make the university more competitive in athletics.

Athletics Director Ron Wellman announced Sutton’s pledged donation Tuesday, which will help fund the construction of the Sports Performance Center and the Basketball Player Development Center on campus. The total cost of the project will be around $50 million, and the completion date is set for 18 months.

In recognition, Wake will name the building the Sutton Sports Performance Center, a four-level, 87,000-square foot facility that is expected to cost $37 million. It will be connected to the newly-opened McCreary Field House and will provide the football team with a strength and conditioning area of 10,000 square feet.

The building will also feature a strength and conditioning area for men’s and women’s soccer, track and field, men’s and women’s golf, field hockey and volleyball. There will also be 18,000 square feet for office space for the football program, and 17,000 square feet for office space for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The Basketball Player Development Center will be 24,400-square feet and will feature another court that will be connected to the existing practice court in Budd Gymnasium.

Sutton, who received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1980 and his law degree from the university in 1983, has donated around $27 million to the university’s athletics department.

“So obviously he is a big factor in everything that we do and has been a major influence on all of our projects within the athletic department,’’ Wellman said.

DB Janvion named finalist for Campbell Trophy

Safety Ryan Janvion of Wake Forest is one of the 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is awarded annually by the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame to the nation’s top student-athlete.

Each of the 12 finalists will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and will be invited to New York City for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6. The winner, who will be announced at that time, will have their postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Janvion, a redshirt senior from Miami who has been team captain the past three seasons, is the first Wake player to be named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy.

Janvion will graduate in December with a degree in Business Enterprise Management.

“It’s definitely humbling,” Janvion said Tuesday. “Definitely I’m just honored to be able to represent Wake Forest and be selected as a finalist.

“It’s crazy to see all the hard work you put in in college in the four years that you’re here and how its paying off. I’m ecstatic and humbled to be in this position. Thank you to everyone who nominated me, who supported me.’’

LB Williams held out of practice

Linebacker Jaboree Williams missed Tuesday’s practice while recovering from an injured ankle and is considered doubtful for Saturday’s game against Virginia.

Williams, a junior, injured his ankle in last week’s 21-13 loss to Army. He ranks fifth on the team with 27 tackles and third with five tackles for loss.

“You’re always hopeful,” coach Dave Clawson said. “But if you get to Wednesday and he didn’t practice, there’s a chance we’re not going to have him.”

If Williams is unavailable, junior Grant Dawson would likely start at linebacker.

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