When you're told by Virginia Tech's men's basketball coaches you have a player on your high school team resembling a A.D. Vassallo and Deron Washington hybrid, it stands to reason those Tech coaches are going to have a lot of interest in your guy.
Marshall Wood, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Rustburg High in Rustburg, apparently fits in that Vassallo/Washington category. Wood committed Tuesday morning to Tech, according to Rustburg coach Brantley Shields.
Wood is Tech's second commitment for its 2012 recruiting class. He joins forward Montrezl Harrell, a native of Tarboro, N.C. who's now at Hargrave Military Academy.
Shields was told by Tech assistant coach James Johnson that Wood reminded Johnson a little of Vassallo because of his shooting ability, and a little of Washington because of his athleticism.
"He really shoots the ball well," said Shields of Wood, who averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last season. "He's really long. He's got a 7-foot-1 wingspan. He gets up off the floor really well. He's going to have to get better at handling the ball. He handles the ball well, but he's not (Tech's highly-recruited incoming freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith)."
Welcome to Hokie Nation Marshall!