Buzzketball Central: Recruiting Summer of 2018

As we have read in recent weeks, there has been quite the turnover in the staff under Buzz Williams. Jeff Reynolds leaves to be a coach again at Texas A&M and Steve Roccaforte moves down the road to join the new staff at East Carolina. That said, the recruiting must go on, so as you will see below, the staff has been busy since November to get offers out there. This is not all the offers issued but all that I could gather confirmation on.

Not surprisingly the majority of the list has a very familiar look to it. Oh, You are 6'6 and 190 Lbs, Here have an offer. Buzz and company have offered a ton of wing type players but there are a few bigs sprinkled in which is a hope for things to come.

One big development is that it appears someone on Buzz staff is making some in roads at a couple Virginia power houses in Paul VI and Flint Hill. If I had to pinpoint who, I would imagine its Christian Webster, as he is from the D.C. area, having played his high school ball at Landon High in Bethesda, MD.

In terms of recruiting competition, you will see below from my notes that our stiffest competition for talent these days appears to be Louisville. They are the lead or heavy lean with several of the recruits that have shown interest in Tech to some degree.

One other thing of note, that even with the two staff members recent departures, Buzz still has six other people on staff. I did not realize that he had grown the staff this much.

Previous Class of 2019

In regards the previously committed Class of 2019, there hasn't been much movement in terms of offers for BJ Mack, who still has a 247Composite Ranking of 280 in the class. I was not surprised to see Coach Roccaforte pick up recruiting Mack to join him at ECU, as Mack received an offer from the Pirates on the 16th of July. Surprisingly that although he is much further down the rankings, his status as a big rather than the point guards that were the Langley Twins, Mack has the much more impressive offer list of the three. Mack has offers from St Louis, Depaul, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, UVA, Notre Dame, NC State, Georgia and even Duke.

As for the Langley Twins, Keyshaun is currently sitting at 200 in the composite rankings and received an offer from ECU as well in late June so there is another possible connection to the Pirates. Kobe comes in two spots better than his brother at 198 currently and also received an offer from ECU in late June just like his brother. ECU looking to take a coach and the entire former Class of 2019 from the Hokies. While kids that high in the rankings may not cut it for Buzz at this point, they would likely be the highest rated class at ECU in at least a decade.

All in all, based on the list of offers below, where only two come in ranked lower than all three of these players, I am solidly in the belief that the right moves were made to part ways with these three prospects in everyone's best interest.


Recruits with the Highest Interest in the Hokies

All of the ranking referenced in this article are the 247 Composite Rankings, not the single 247Sports Ranking.

Class of 2019


Jahmius Ramsey, 6'4, 180 lbs, Combo Guard, IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL

Thought to be a Louisville lean at this point, hard to gather his impact on a program based on the talent currently surrounding him at IMG Academy. He does have a solid jumper from mid range and deeper.
Current 247 Ranking: National 34, Position, 4, State 6
https://247sports.com/player/jahmius-ramsey-46041702


Anthony Harris, 6'3, 180 lbs, Combo Guard, Paul VI, Fairfax, VA
Harris is thought to be coming to the Hokies, with three other ACC schools and Ohio State in the mix.

This would be an incredible get for Buzz and possibly open the door to Paul VI, which in recent seasons has been a factory of Division I talent, and currently have top rated guards in each class behind Harris. Buzz has an offer out to the rising Junior, Jeremy Roach, for the class of 2020, and don't be surprised if he offers Trevor Keels for the Class of 2021.
Current 247 Ranking: National 68, Position, 5, State 1
https://247sports.com/player/anthony-harris-45572938


Greg Gantt, 6'7, 195 lbs, Forward, 2019, Trinity Christian, Fayetteville, NC

Has a definite interest in Tech since they were one of his first big offers back in November. Louisville seems to be the clubhouse leader right now. Gantt would give Buzz that super wing body that he loves to stockpile and a top talent that could contribute immediately if needed.

Current 247 Ranking: National 53, Position, 14, State 3
https://247sports.com/Player/Greg-Gantt-45572930


Marcus Watson, 6'6, 205 lbs, Small Forward, 2019, Buford, GA
Current 247 Ranking: National 66, Position, 8, State 2

Watson is another player that Buzz got to early, with a November offer. Definitive interest in VT but thought to be a GT lean at this time. Watson has a pure stroke from outside, which fits Buzz philosophy but might need a year against bigger bodies to really shine through.
https://247sports.com/Player/Marcus-Watson-45572921


Qudus Wahab, 6'10, 230 Lbs, Center, Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA
Current 247 Ranking: National 98, Position, 18, State 2

This would satisfy a lot of peoples desires for Buzz to bring in more bigs while also giving an entry into another Virginia powerhouse school. He is also thought to be a Louisville lean at this time.
https://247sports.com/player/qudus-wahab-45572850


Dontaie Allen, 6'6, 185 lbs, Small Forward, 2019, Falmouth, KY

Allen garnered an offer back in May and would be a good fit in terms of offensive style and defensive energy. His recruiting is pretty open at this point, with only two predictions to Xavier. Playing for Buzz would keep him relatively close to home which may be a plus.

Current 247 Ranking: National 135, Position, 33, State 3
https://247sports.com/player/dontaie-allen-46035698


Armando Bacot, 6'10, 240 lbs, Center, IMG Academy, Florida
Current 247 Ranking: National 26, Position, 7, State 4

Bacot is a Richmond, VA native and unfortunately thought to be another talent that will be leaving the state to play elsewhere. He is thought to be deciding between UNC and Duke but even a glimmer of hope of bringing in a big of this nature would do wonders for the Tech rotation. Tech did make his Top 10 list and also his top five programs in contact with him list.
https://247sports.com/player/armando-bacot-94692


Tyrese Samuel, 6'8, 210 Lbs, Power Forward, Wasatch, Heber City, UT
Current 247 Ranking: National 75, Position, 18, State 2

Samuel has a great motor and a surprising outside jumper for someone so big. He also seems to have great floor awareness on both ends, getting to the right spots to disrupt or create. Would be a perfect fit in Buzz system. His recruitment is still fairly open. He came to the staffs attention at the Top100 event put on by the NBAPlayers association, which was held at UVA.
https://247sports.com/player/tyrese-samuel-46040350


Class of 2020


Jalen Cone, 5'11, 163 lbs, Point Guard, Walkertown, NC
Current 247 Ranking: National 62, Position, 8, State 4
Undersized Point Guard with a chip on his shoulder, Sound Familiar? Seems Buzz always has at least one of these type PG in his pipeline. As you can see in the photo, he definitely has some ups in there to be dunking since the 8th Grade. Considered to have outstanding court vision and deft ball control. The Hokies lead with him now but he has offers from Clemson, GT, Kentucky, NC State, Wake Forest and a handful of other Power 5 schools
https://247sports.com/player/jalen-cone-46047824


Isaiah Todd, 6'10, 195 lbs, Power Forward, John Marshall, Richmond, VA
Current 247 Ranking: National 10, Position, 2, State 1
Todd is the 2020 version of Armando Bacot, another Richmond Native that likely will leave the state to play ball. He is considering Kansas and UNC but seems to have a good relationship with Buzz and staff so far.
https://247sports.com/player/isaiah-todd-94693


Cashius McNeilly, 6'4, 175 lbs, Shooting Guard, Canada
Current 247 Ranking: National 47, Position, 12, State 1
Havent been able to find much on McNeilly outside the video on his 247 profile and that his uncle is the top assistant coach for Buzz Williams. Right now there are three predictions to him coming to the Hokies, which would continue the Buzz to Canada foray. He also has offers from Maryland and Wisconsin. Always good to have a family connection.
https://247sports.com/player/cashius-mcneilly-46047684

Other Offers

Transfers

Buzz and company did put out a couple offers to players that were transferring from other programs but had no takers at this point. The primary one they pursued, Forward Malik Osborne, from Rice, ultimately chose Florida State, so the Hokies will see him two years from now and he will have three years left. He averaged 9 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 1 APG as a freshman last year.

Class of 2019

July 20 – Wilkenson "Kenny" Isnord, 6'8, 210 Lbs, Power Forward, 2019, Blanche Ely, Pompano Beach, FL
Not Ranked at this time, 247 Sports shows him as Class of 2018
https://247sports.com/Player/Wilkenson-Isnord-46050657

July 17 – Jared Jones, 6'9, 230 Lbs, Power Forward, 2019, Mableton, Georgia
Current 247 Ranking: National 186, Position, 32, State 8
Considered an Ohio State lean at this point
https://247sports.com/Player/Jared-Jones-94237

July 15 – Chris Ledlum, 6'6, 200 lbs, Small Forward, 2019, St Peters Boys, Staten Island, NY
Current 247 Ranking: National 181, Position, 43, State 6
https://247sports.com/player/chris-ledlum-46051656

July 15 – Brandon Newman, 6'3, 170 lbs, Shooting Guard, 2019, Montverde Academy, FL
Current 247 Ranking: National 109, Position, 18, State 4
https://247sports.com/player/brandon-newman-46050544

July 9 – Daniel Ramsey, 6'8, 220 lbs, Forward. 2019, Deefield- Windsor, GA
Current 247 Ranking: National 119, Position, 26, State 5
https://247sports.com/player/daniel-ramsey-46043161

July 5 – Kofi Cockburn, 6'10, 255 Lbs, Center, 2019, Christ The King Regional, Middle Village, NY
Current 247 Ranking: National 26, Position, 8, State 3
https://247sports.com/Player/Kofi-Cockburn-94270

June 26 – Tray Jackson, 6'8, 200 Lbs, Power Forward, 2019, Sunrise Christian, Ypsilanti, MI
Current 247 Ranking: National 103, Position, 24, State 5
Considered a strong Oklahoma lean
https://247sports.com/Player/Tray-Jackson-46055071

June 20 – Isaiah Wilkins, 6'4, 180 lbs, Wing, 2019, Mount Tabor, NC (Hargrave Military)
Not Ranked
https://247sports.com/player/isaiah-wilkins-46038088

June 16 – Brenden Tucker, 6'3, 180 lbs, Combo Guard, 2019, Dacula, GA
Seems to be a Clemson Tigers lean
Current 247 Ranking: National 152, Position, 19, State 10
https://247sports.com/Player/Brenden-Tucker-46035928

June 16 – Donovan Williams, 6'5, 190 lbs, Combo Guard, 2019, Elkins, Tx
Not currently ranked but has respectable offer list, Nebraska, Butler, Creighton, Wisconsin, Iowa, Dayton
https://247sports.com/Player/Donovan-Williams-46047468

June 11 – David Johnson, 6'5, 170 lbs, Combo Guard, 2019, Trinity, Louisville, KY
Considered a Louisville lean
Current 247 Ranking: National 75, Position, 7, State 1
https://247sports.com/player/david-johnson-46035707

June 8 – Victor Iwuakor, 6'8, 210 Lbs, Power Forward, 2019, Sulphur Springs, TX
Considered an Arkansas lean
Current 247 Ranking: National 166, Position, 36, State 13
https://247sports.com/player/victor-iwuakor-46055287

June 7 - Samuell Williamson, 6'6, 180 Lbs, Small Forward, 2019, Rockwall, Tx
Considered a Kansas lean
Current 247 Ranking: National 50, Position, 13, State 6
https://247sports.com/player/samuell-williamson-46043096

May 18 – Jalen Gaffney, 6'2, 170 lbs, Combo Guard, 2019, Columbus, NJ
Current 247 Ranking: National 200, Position, 26, State 9
https://247sports.com/player/jalen-gaffney-91815

May 6 – Quincy Guerrier, 6'7, 190 lbs, Small Forward, 2019, Thetford Academy, Quebec, Canada
Current 247 Ranking: National 147, Position, 36, State 1
https://247sports.com/Player/Quincy-Guerrier-46040326

May 4 - Terrence Shannon Jr, 6'6, 185 lbs, Small Forward, 2019, Chicago Lincoln Park, Chicago IL
Current 247 Ranking: National 90, Position, 22, State 3
https://247sports.com/player/terrence-shannon-46054973

May 3 - Jaykwon Walton, 6'6, 196 lbs Forward, 2019, Carver, Montgomery AL
Current 247 Ranking: National 187, Position, 44, State 14
https://247sports.com/Player/Jaykwon-Walton-45572513

April 23 - Diante Smith, 6'6, 195 lbs, Guard/Wing, 2019, Chocktawatchee, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Current 247 Ranking: National 107, Position, 25, State 11
Recently decommitted from Alabama
https://247sports.com/Player/Diante-Smith-46036729

April 22 - Kira Lewis, 6'3, 162 lbs, Point Guard, 2019, Georgia Stars, Hazel Green, AL
Current 247 Ranking: National 30, Position, 4, State 2
Considered a strong Alabama lean although the decommitment of Diante Smith impact is yet to be seen
https://247sports.com/player/kira-lewis-46035371

Mar 22 - Mario McKinney, 6'2, 180 lbs, Point Guard, Vashon, St Louis, MO
Current 247 Ranking: National 134, Position, 18, State 1
https://247sports.com/Player/Mario-McKinney-45572503

Feb 4 - James Bishop, 6'2, 170 lbs, Shooting Guard, 2019, Mount St Josephs, Baltimore, MD
Current 247 Ranking: National 183, Position, 25, State 3
https://247sports.com/Player/James-Bishop-46043160

Class of 2020

July 17 – Terrance Williams, 6'6, 195 lbs, Power Forward, 2020, Gonzaga, Washington, DC
Current 247 Ranking: National 89, Position, 15, State 4
https://247sports.com/Player/Terrance-Williams-46039567

July 14 – Keon Johnson, 6'5, 180 lbs, Shooting Guard, 2020, The Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN
Current 247 Ranking: National 35, Position, 8, State 1
https://247sports.com/Player/Keon-Johnson-46035414

June 20 – Demarr Langford, 6'4, 170 lbs, Shooting Guard, 2020, Putnam Science, CT
Current 247 Ranking: National 175, Position, 41, State 4
https://247sports.com/Player/Demarr-Langford-46053245

June 19 – LJ Cryer, 6'1, 175 lbs, Point Guard, 2020, Katy, TX
Looks to be a two horse race between Houston and Baylor
Current 247 Ranking: National 64, Position, 9, State 6
https://247sports.com/player/lj-cryer-46043235

June 15 – Cam Ron Fletcher, 6'6, 180 lbs, Small Forward, 2020, Vashon, MO
Current 247 Ranking: National 43, Position, 12, State 2
https://247sports.com/player/camron-fletcher-46048763

May 10 - Woody Newton, 6'8, 190 Lbs, Power Forward, 2020, Mt Zion Prep, Baltimore MD
Current 247 Ranking: National 61, Position, 9, State 3
https://247sports.com/player/woody-newton-46049423

May 7 - Corey Walker Jr, 6'6, 185 lbs, Small Forward 2020, Bishop Snyder, Hastings, FL
Current 247 Ranking: National 33, Position, 9, State 2
https://247sports.com/Player/Corey-Walker-46035656

Dec 26 - Jeremy Roach, 6'2, 165 lbs, Shooting Guard, 2020, Paul VI, Fairfax, VA
Current 247 Ranking: National 15, Position, 1, State 2
https://247sports.com/Player/Jeremy-Roach-46035780

Class of 2021 (Not currently Ranked)

June 21 – Will Young, 6'3, 160 lbs, Combo Guard, 2021, Milby, Houston, TX
June 21 – Keon Edwards, 6'8, 170 lbs, Small Forward, 2021, Sam Rayburn, TX
July 29th – Anthony Williams, 6'1, 185 Lbs, Combo Guard, Varina, Richmond, VA - He was second team All State at Division 5 as a freshman

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Comments

Tons of good info. Thanks for putting this together.

Love the info! Would really like to see Buzz pull in some of this top talent and keep this winning momentum going!

Thanks for the info. The last I read on Gannt is that we aren't in his top 7. I hope we can land Anthony Harris, he is a big time player. Also hoping for Qudus Wahab, a couple wing players to round out the class. Think we will have hard time getting guys like Ramsey and Bacot, but hopefully can land 4 players in the top 100 to replace some of the incredible talent leaving after this year.

Landing Harris and Wahab to open the doors to those two local talent pools would be a huge boost. I agree on Ramsey, Bennett and Gannt being unlikely. It makes me do a bit of a double take that with all the drama that surrounded the Louisville program in the last two years, they aren't missing a beat in terms of getting top guys.

They already have a commitment from Nickleberry, who was another Buzz target from North Carolina and they have 247Sports Warmer rankings from three others: Withers (89th) from NC, Ramsey (34th) from Tx and IMG Academy, and Johnson (77th) from Louisville.

Then they are indicated as Warm on 22 other recruits lists, only 4 of which are outside the top 100 in the class. They have warm ratings from 6 of the top 30 recruits in the class, although only favored to get Igiehon (23rd) 6'10, 215 lbs out of NY.

Just goes to show you that even though things have changed, the money is still flowing in Cardinal land.

It makes me do a bit of a double take that with all the drama that surrounded the Louisville program in the last two years, they aren't missing a beat in terms of getting top guys.

Is it football season yet?

Well Louisville did hire Chris Mack from Xavier in the offseason, if he could recruit kids to Xavier, I think he is probably laughing at the ease of getting them to Louisville.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

How many players are we looking to take in 2019 class?
Robinson (PG), Hill (SG), Outlaw (F), Clarke (F) are graduating, so that's 4 scholarships. Then there's always the chance someone could go pro early or transfer. So 5?

edit: with Jackson transferring I assume Fullard will be on scholarship again this fall, so he's another senior who will be graduating. So at least 5 spots open for 2019.

Realistically I see Buzz bringing in three recruits in 2019, but some of that revolves around what happens with Khadim Sy and when Nickiel Alexander Walker or Landers Nolley decide to go pro. 2020 right now, Blackshear would be the only one definitely leaving the program, barring any injury going forward but it would be good for Buzz to have three spots available for that class.

Dontaie Allen visiting UK on Aug 1st and UofL on Aug 13th. He'll most likely get an offer from UK on the visit. UK gaining lots of momentum with this kid. I expect him to end up there. Would love to get him at VT. Kid can play. He's blowing up after leading an Under Armour event in scoring a couple weeks ago.

VT '10 #AllMaroonEverything

Can we please land Cashius McNeilly, Qudus Wahab, (Oxford always) and Kofi Cockburn just so we can win the All-Name Team matchups!

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Great work!

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Thanks for the info, sum dem photos, doe....smdh lmao!

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Glad to see my alma mater on this list. Paul VI took off my senior year of high school (2012). We'd been building to that point, and that year put it all together winning the WCAC for 1st time in forever. Also beat DeMatha for first time in years on an epic buzzer beater. I'm somewhere in that court rush

VT CEE Class of 2016/2017

5 years, 2 degrees, 33 football games as a student, and 2 Cassell court stormings later, I bleed Maroon and Orange

Yes, in the next few years Paul VI is likely going to place between 7 and 10 players in Division I programs so having an in there would be a great thing. Their starting point guard in 2017 Aaron Thompson committed to Butler and Myles Douglas went to UCF. Last years top guard, Brandon Slater is at Villanova. Class of 2019, Anthony Harris is the top prize but Joshua Oduro may end up at a DI program. In 2020, Jeremy Roach and Josiah Freeman are top gets. 2021, Trevor Keels is already gaining national attention as well and Christopher Kuzemka is on some radars for his pure outside shot.

Akok Akok: So nice you gotta say it twice

Okay so I'll tweet at everyone with last names starting with A through M. Anyone want to volunteer for N through Z?

We do put these lists together as a comprehensive guide for tweeting... Right?

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Why not just tweet at every recruit that's over 6'7"?

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

what would you do with the other 23.9 hrs of the day?

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Tweet all the running back croots that we seem to be bringing in...

Jaren McCallister released from LOI? One month before classes start...

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Whoa. That dude committed to us YEARS ago.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Yeah they stated that his main recruiting was Roccoforte so that may have had something to do with it but still weird this close into the season. Opens up another spot which makes 6 total open scholarships for 2019, better start getting some croots in the boat!

I kind of get it for football, since you likely interact most often with your position coach, but it seems like that would be less the case for basketball. bizarre.

paging Anthony Harris,

there's going to be all kinds of playing time available at guard in 2019..

While this isn't great news following the staff departures, its better now than if he came in and wasn't bought into what Buzz wants. I wouldn't be shocked to see him at ECU, especially with how the former class of 2019 all have offers from the Pirates now as well. He was going to face an uphill battle to get playing time not just this season but going forward if Buzz continues to improve his recruiting classes. He finished ranked 254th in the class of 2018 according to 247 Composite, he doesn't have the ideal length that Buzz wants in his wings and unless he bulked up considerably once he reached campus it would be difficult to see Buzz playing him over his abundance of 6'6 - 6'7 guys. The one thing he did have going for him is an outside shot and a toughness driving to the basket.

I also do not think that this changes either of the other two recruits decisions. Nolley wants a shot at seeing the floor this season, which was something he wasn't going to get at Georgia and Kabongo is coming through the McNeilly Canadian pipeline.

Rob do we have a chance at any of these players, I mean I feel like most of the players you listed are like 95 and above, this just feels like MJ Walker status **ducks**. Ironically I used to go to the Fairfax Hyundai down the street from Paul VI, didn't know they were such a basketball powerhouse, looks so average from the outside.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Realistically of that group there are two that I think are likely to be Hokies. Those two are Anthony Harris and Cashius McNeilly. The only other one that we currently look good for but may change with the coaching staff changes is Jalen Cone. My fear with Cone is two fold. If he hits a growth spurt or makes a big splash at one of the national circuit tournaments, it makes it all the less likely he ends up a Hokie with his ball skills. The one I would love to see Buzz steal is Wahab, but with his recent track record on bigs, I doubt that will happen.

Man, I honestly pay far too much attention to Football recruiting. I was honestly a little concerned when Buzz pulled the 3 offers back earlier this year, but if we can pull 97+ talent like this, I can see why. We get one of these players I'll be stoked, 2, or even 3, man! Really excited to see where our BB program ends up in the next year or two. Thanks for the response.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Word is that Eddie Benion has been hired as the new strength and conditioning coach. Don't know much about him but from what I do it seems like a good hire. Hopefully this has a positive impact on recruiting and will help to curb the downward perception trend the last few weeks have brought.

I remember watching that VCU team, and often saying to myself during their run, "they are athletic and ripped for a mid-major team." Looks like a "stout" hire. (#12 looks like a TE/QB)

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

(#12 looks like a TE/QB)

His name is Mo Alie-Cox. Give him a google, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I said that jokingly, go figure....LOL, called it!

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

That's a name I haven't heard in a while. My friend claims to have stolen Mo Alie-Cox's socks from the VCU basketball locker room. He used his locker when in Richmond for the state high school basketball tournament.

That's a name I haven't heard in a while long time.

FTFY.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Mo Alie-Cox and Akok Akok in this thread...so...many...cocks

If you're talking about #12 in this picture (which is from 2016-17) that is Mo Alie-Cox...who is in fact a TE for the Colts

Edit: crap

Buzz Benion Bootcamp = Feel for those in its path

"...Hokie BB player complaint line, who might I have the pleasure of speaking to..." "...Coach Buzz, NAW on line 1..."

#TimeForGains

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Yeah, we didn't end up in his top 5 after seemingly being in lead for awhile. I think he cooled after teammate (Audiese Toney) picked Pitt over us and he started to see his ranking increase.

Did not see that coming. I will be interested to see if it sticks. Providence is no pushover but they are very much lower profile than where I thought Gantt would end up. He had about the best offer list of any of the players with a remote interest in Tech. Offers from seven ACC programs, seven SEC programs, and four BigXII programs amongst others.

Ed Cooley can recruit and coach.

On my shortlist when Buzz leaves.

Ed Cooley is a good coach, but there isn't a chance in hell he winds up in southwest Virginia, amidst the pasture land and with the mountain scenery.

Alopecia Ed strikes me as a city guy, and he is from Providence, I expect him to be at PC, or at least within reach of NYC/New England recruiting grounds for a long time to come.

And we miss the cut for the top 5 of Armando Bacot Jr. On mobile if someone wants to embed his top 5 tweet

Nothing Surprising there, just surprised he is keeping up the pretense of VCU having a shot.

Isaiah Todd is not really a Richmond native he followed an AAU coach for high school he is really from Baltimore. Very little chance he was staying in Virginia for college even if he didn't leave John Marshall.

And we are out of Bacot's top 5. VCU, Georgia, Duke, UNC, OK State

Uga?

I feed off of nightmares

They're about to become a basketball power.

Always choose joy.

Yeah that's not likely. Crean will have them as an above average team though.

Buzz adds an offer to Class of 2021 in state, going to Anthony Williams, a combo guard at Varina High in Richmond. Williams was second team all state as a freshman last year.

Just read where someone in the Virginia tech athletics department said jarren mcCalister hasn't been released from his LOI but he told a newspaper on Friday he was released
Link

This dude committed

Wilkins went from relative unknown and planning to reclassify to Class of 19 even after being on the CP3 team a couple years as part of the Nike EYBL, to a rising star after his performance at the Nike U17 Peach Jam. One humorous note is that he played alongside the Langley twins, former Tech commits on CP3. Surprising that he would come to Tech if he was playing with them for so long.

I clicked on the 247 link and followed to see VT's class and saw that it has Seth Greenberg still listed as Head Coach... It gave me a chuckle

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Penny Hardaway at Memphis beginning to pick up steam with all the years he was involved in AAU prior to taking over the coaching duties at Memphis. A five star small forward, D.J. Jeffries committed to Kentucky, opened his recruiting and is expected to end up at Memphis with Hardaway. Hardaway was his AAU coach for two seasons.

James Bouknight, 6'4, 180 lbs, Shooting Guard, MacDuffie School, Granby, MA Offered on July 24th by Buzz after his performance in the Hoopgroup Summer Jam Fest, where he had a 33 point performance. His offer sheet was fairly light after a meniscus injury last season with UConn thought to be the lead but he has received several offers after his recent performance that has opened up his recruiting.

Current 247 Ranking: National 95, Position, 14, State 2

https://247sports.com/player/james-bouknight-46047993

No mention of Henry Coleman III?

'95 @UVA, '95 Sugar Bowl, '96 @Miami, '99 flip, '03 v Miami, '05 Bourbon St., '09 Coale, '14 @OSU

He is not thought to be very high on Tech and his offer was longer ago than I went back. he initially was thought to be a Wahoo lean but has since gotten offers from Kansas as well as others that have him likely to leave the state.

Robbie Beran, 6'9, 210 lbs, Class of 2019, Power Forward, Collegiate School, Richmond, VA

Not ranked on the 247 Composite but he is a recent riser. 247 has him ranked 80th Nationally, 17th at PF, and 5th in state of VA. Buzz or staff made an offer on August 1st. To indicate how he is rising, he has 26 offers and received 12 of those in the last 30 days. 9 of those 12 are from Power 5 programs. Prior to this month he had only one Power 5 offer. He really wowed coaches at the Las Vegas FAB 48 tournament at the end of July with his versatility on both ends of the floor.

https://247sports.com/Player/Robbie-Beran-46057258/

Buzz added to his staff this week, adding Baylie Stous as his Director of Administration for Men's Basketball. She comes to Tech after working as Grad Asst and Staff member at Wichita State under Gregg Marshall and also a year at Ball State in a similar role. Her responsibilities here will be recruiting travel, event planning, fundraising organization, team meals, prospective student-athlete recruiting visits, program budget, hiring and managing the program's student office assistants, overseeing Coach Williams' calendar as well as other assignments critical to the day-to-day operation of the program.

This seems like a partial replacement for some of the duties that Jeff Reynolds had as Director of Operations but I still expect Buzz to hire another senior level staff member to handle more of the recruiting aspects of the program.

She comes to Tech after working as Grad Asst and Staff member at Wichita State under Gregg Marshall and also a year at Ball State in a similar role.

Looks to be well qualified.

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#extendbronco

We also made Qudus Wahab's final 12 schools. Not sure if he is going to do another down select later but at least we made this round. 5 ACC schools in his final 12, and predominantly an East Coast slant to his choices.

These updates are sweet I love knowing what's going on with bball interesting to see if he adds another senior staff for recruiting as you said though to further enlargen his staff size

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

So based on my sauces (first time using that lol), I think you'll be disappointed if your looking for a really experienced/flashy hire. Things could change but based on what I know its not very likely.

Fugazy

further enlargen his staff size

Giggity

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Its going to be interesting to see how he handles the openings he has. As for the Director of Operations slot, it appears Buzz has broken up those duties amongst three people potentially so depending on his comfort level with the job that newcomer Baylie Stous and existing staff members Josh Chambers and Lyle Wolf. While all three seem like great hires, reading their duties in the Bios on Hokiesports, there is still a need for someone that can piece together the results of all their products prior to going in front of Buzz but maybe Buzz just micromanages them to provide him raw data and information so he can make the best plan forward himself without any senior spin put on it.

Did we ever get the story about the guy who committed for like a day then retracted it?

Who are you referring to? I had not seen this news...

I think you're referring to the kid that was reported to commit to tech on twitter but then he tweeted that he wasn't. I forget his name but it's the guy who shoot around for Buzz and then Buzz changed his mind last minute about offering him the scholarship. Someone told the story. He basically walked in ready to commit and after shootaround and playing with the other players Buzz said thanks but no thanks and our favorite term was "no longer a take."

Fugazy

Today could be a big day for the Class of 2020 for Buzz, in that Jalen Cone, referenced above is making a visit. Hopefully Buzz is able to give him an indicator of what is going on in terms of coaching staff and that Cone continues to enjoy his visits as much as he has his previous ones. Cone is now Top 60 in his class so would be a great addition if Buzz can get him

Jalen Cone is an interesting prospect to me. He's a prolific scorer and obviously highly rated. But his height at 5'11 is concerning and I think his offer list demonstrates that. For such a highly ranked guy his only other P5 offer is ole miss. If he does have a growth spurt I expect his recruitment to blow up even if he's committed us/anyone.

Fugazy

He doesn't have offers yet but is being brought in for unofficial visits at both Kentucky and Louisville in the next few weeks,

He has serious hops and gets great elevation on his 3 ball release. So not too concerned except maybe on D. Sure seems like a Buzz OKG (with 'little man's syndrome Buzz likes)

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

If he turns into a taller Junior Robinson, that'd be sweet:

Mugsy Bogues.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

4* guard (68th overall) Anthony Harris has revealed his top 4... VT, Wake, Miami, and UConn. His official visit will be September 7th-9th per his Twitter. All CB's have pointed to him for us for a long time. He had a great showing alongside UVA's committ, Casey Morsell, at Peach Jam in July. This kid is at the top of the wish list, because we NEED guards.

The dominos may start falling in our favor if this kid commits to the maroon and orange.

He would be a major get, both because of his ranking, but also his school and AAU program have some of the top talent in the country. His AAU team won the national tournament this year going 33-1 on the season.

So, who is @alise757? (twitter blocked, can see embeds but not anything else)

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

academic advisor for the athletic department. The support staff...

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She is the lady in the bottom left of the top right photo on the Tweet above. She is the Associate Director of Student Athlete Academic Support Services at Tech.

So it's not summer and I get grumbled at when I post basketball recruiting on the general recruiting thread. Nevertheless, these photos look really, really good.

Uh... fall doesn't start until the 22nd.

Was it DHall that said "don't put it on if your not gonna wear it"? Would be kinda weird to do a photo shoot at the pylons then pick somewhere else.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Silent commit?

Fugazy

UPDATE:

ummm....

And now Duke is in pursuit of Harris, who will take an official visit to Duke this weekend instead of his perviously planned trip to Miami.

The Blue Devils have yet to offer a scholarship to Harris, and don't typically host players on official visits without an offer, but when they have in the past it's with the understanding that if all goes well an offer will come.

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so the visit's over.... Anthony posted a few pics, but that's it. Did not commit. Not seeing that Duke offered but no reports yet as to what they promised.

Also, one Duke insider on 247 flipped their CB back to the good guys last night.

Actually, three CBs for good guys in last two days.

If coach K steals this kid from us I hope Buzz tells him to "go snuggle up to Bud"

This Anthony Harris recruitment starting to feel like deja vu

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- Mike Burnup

Hopefully we can land this 4-Star 6ft 9in VA kid! Be great to have him and Blackshear together for atleast one year.

Fugazy

Yes please... Dude is seriously skilled 4... similar to KJB but more athletic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNLhVnAOie4

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Yeah for sure, I'm also praying we have him to pair with Blackshear.

We're literally 2 fouls in the first half, every game, from getting blown out by a never ending amount of offensive rebounds.

Fugazy

Hopefully they have highlighted the academic side of the equation as a big part of his recruitment because my understanding is that he is pretty serious about wanting to be an engineering student as part of whichever program he commits to.

If he is serious about engineering, he picked the worst engineering school of his final 3.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Just committed to Northwestern on twitter :(

I want all the tall guys. But I am glad we are being considered with some of those schools for recruits.
Syracuse, UCONN, Georgetown all have serious pedigree.

True, even Pitt has a recent history. But on a positive note for us. All these programs are down from what they were even 5 years ago.

Fugazy

Quevin.

0.93 rating and a 3-star composite?

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Buzz isn't getting any breaks in recruiting. We need that one player to get this recruiting going. Yall think he'll still take an official to Tech this weekend. Any chance for a flip?

I'm placing a phone call to oak hill and asking for BJ Mack during lunch tomorrow? /s

That's not considered tweeting at croots right?

Fugazy

Not tweeting but likely not flipping from his commitment to USF at this point either

My sauces at Oak Hill haven't dried up all the way. I've heard zip out of them about Mack.

He committed to USF back on September 11th.

I'm sure that ship has sailed. I'm really hoping we pull in both a quality and large class. I'm really concerned about our depth after this year. Robinson, Clarke, Hill, Outlaw and with the potential of even NAW and/or Nolley leaving along with the 2 players that transferred/didn't enroll will leave us with serious a talent deficit if we can't pull a big class both in terms of talent and number.

Fugazy

Should we be concerned that there's a "blue devil" emoji in his tweet?...

Steve Newhouse flipped his crystal ball from Duke to VT at 830 this morning, so hopefully good news for the good guys at 3pm??

C'mon HOKIES! Harris would be a very nice transition from JRob.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Apropos of absolutely nothing whatsoever, the Autumnal Equinox this year was at 9:54pm on Saturday, September 22.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Really was just us being lazy and continuing strings on information that was already in this post rather than creating a new FALL Recruiting thread

He wore it and committed. #DF

Fugazy

Cornerstone commit of the class. Hopefully other guys will see this commitment and jump on board as well!

WOOOOOOOOO I LIKE THIS

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Love the video announcing the commitment! And, this needs its own commitment thread.

This is good news indeed.

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

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Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

So does anyone know where we stand with Seth Lundy? He's set to commit in two days. I know PSU picked up a couple crystal balls for him after that visit, but we made his final list.

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Any word on Qudus Wahab? I believe Buzz had an in home visit with him today. Hope he picks the good guys.

He's announcing his pick soon

Hearing his commitment is going to come next Thursday. He had a visit from Buzz and coaches as well as Jeff Capel and coaches from Pitt today.

A rare update on Wahab, two days out. Of our particular interest:

Virginia Tech: "They said that I am the last guy that they are looking at for this year. They told me that it is going to be a nice fit for me and they have four players coming in and they need a big so it could be a very nice place for me.

"My relationship with him (Buzz Williams) is much different than it is with the other coaches recruiting me. I feel like he is a good man and he just tries to think of what is best for his guys every time. I feel like he is just a great man."

OKG

The fact that he singles out Buzz makes me neither more nor less optimistic of landing him, but it does tell me that Buzz has made a strong impression. If indeed Wahab is OKG, he'll be a Hokie. If not, he'll have a fine career playing for Ewing or Pitt.

Buzz has a singular approach to recruiting. His focus is on maturing these guys as men with playing basketball on scholarship at an ACC member school as the medium/vehicle to shape them as high caliber persons and contributors to society. That is such an honest, high integrity approach. Whether these guys come here or not, every one wins. Every. One. This is so refreshing to me and clearly why Buzz is such a draw for these guys.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

So much for finding out on Thursday

Right after buzz visits, can't hurt.

Ehh I wouldn't read much into it. Pitt's staff visited the same day. He's probably just not ready to make a decision yet

Pitt was in the drivers seat though and pushing this back hurts them the most

Recruit Prosim

Hard for me not to see this as VERY positive for VT. Seems like we've been more in the periphery of his recruitment throughout, behind Pitt (recruiting him very hard) and Georgetown (closer to home, Patrick Ewing draw) but made up ground with a lot of face time from Buzz and the staff. Good stuff.

Not VT related necessarily, but this got me looking through our offers to find that UCONN is on track to land both Akok Akok and Kofi Cockburn. If that isn't the number 1 All-Name class in the country then I don't know what is.

And we can't even land one "big" cock.

*sigh*

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We'll take the most boring named kid out there, just as long as he is truly over 6'7"

Apparently his name is actually pronounced Akook with a long o. Doubt it.

Kofi talking to his Dad: dad, how did you come up with my name?

Dad: well son, I hit a pothole leaving Starbucks and we don't have cup holders

Autocorrect ruins another great joke.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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thanks for posting this. I had no idea what he was talking about (kofi =/= logo)

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Yup fixed it, it was the lug nut

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Underrated comment.

That you J.D. McNugent???

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

I mean...Bede, Kabongo, Harris, Gordon. Don't forget, Bede was a better rated recruit than J-Rob out of high school. Green would have to sit out a year, and by that time all four of those guys will be experienced.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Green would have to sit out a year, and by that time all four of those guys will be experienced

Yeah it'd be better to go after a grad transfer or maybe JUCO who can play right away. Bede is averaging 3.4 PPG in 19 minutes. Kabongo is averaging 1.1 PPG in 4.6 minutes. Harris will be coming off an ACL tear and will miss offseason workouts. Idk how much we can count on Gordon to score his freshman year. I really don't know who is going to be able to score the ball for us reliably next year beyond Blackshear and maybe Nolley (assuming NAW leaves).

I feel like this board doesn't realize that in basketball, players can develop fast and that every good team in college loses their best players every year. Sometimes you take a step down, good teams take a step up or stay the same. We've taken a step up each of the past 4 years. The benchwarmers and role players step in. I'm not worried about losing one star (J-Rob) or even an NBA guy (NAW) because Buzz has planned for this.

Responding to Lowkey: Bede isn't being asked to score on this team. Kabongo this year isn't playing much because he's not ready yet. I am very comfortable with Bede taking the reins from J-Rob next year, he probably won't be as good, but J-Rob is one of the greatest VTMBB players ever. Wilkins will likely step into the 2, Nolley/Miller 3 and 4, all we really need is a backup for KJ. As long as the rest of the guys can shoot (Wilkins definitely can) and defend (Bede is the best defender at the most important position) then we'll be good.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

We will likely lose 4 of our top 5 scorers. Last year we lost 1 of the top 5. The year before, we lost 2 of the top 5. So sure we lose players every year, but this is different. The guys could certainly step up and fill the voids, but the scoring is going to have to come from somewhere. If Wilkins can't be trusted by Buzz to play even 1 minute against Penn State, are we sure he can start next year? Maybe you'll be right and the roster will work out as is, but I'd honestly be surprised if Buzz doesn't explore his options on the transfer market given how absurdly young the team will be.

I think the only big question mark is who steps in for NAW if he goes pro. He's a big contributor without a clear successor. Someone from the group of Kobongo (rFR), Miller (FR), Gordon (FR) will have to step up. Or maybe we run two points most of the time with Bede and Harris.

Probably the kid stuck up in the NCAA shenanigans. Landers Nolley.

I think Wilkins is going to step into a scoring role. His only job will be to get buckets.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

There are a lot of games and even more practices for Wilkins to development between now and next year. I think Buzz will have him ready for starting.

I feel like this board doesn't realize that in basketball, players can develop fast and that every good team in college loses their best players every year.

I love J-Rob. But I'll be honest - early on I didn't think 5 could fill the place of Seth Allen, who I didn't think could fill the place of Erick Green, who I didn't think could fill the place of Malcom Delaney...

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

I dont think any of the follow on three actually fills the place of Malcolm Delaney. Allen wasnt adept enough passing the ball, J-Rob is still way to reckless getting himself to the hoop and commits too many turnovers. He also isnt the career free throw shooter that Delaney was. Erick Green never had the killer instinct that Malcolm Delaney has but Green more than Delaney suffered more from Only Talent Syndrome so he had to take more on. Delaney had other talent around him which helped with his assist numbers. They all had fine careers but the only guard that has come through Tech that I put head and shoulders above Delaney is Bimbo Coles. Delaney's 2A to 2B would likely be Dave Sensibaugh but Delaney was still a better pure scorer than Sensibaugh.

I remember feeling like Delaney and Allen, particularly in his junior season were those 'live and die' by them players. Those guys wanted the ball for the final shot.

Looking back, it still seems a bit nuts that those 09-10 and 10-11 teams couldn't get off the bubble with all that talent, top-heavy but still. 09-10 moreso, A future ACC PoY was a capable backup, 3 prolific scorers in Delaney, a graying Hudson and Jeff Allen + the ultimate hustle man in Terrell Bell. And then the McComas high-flyer, Paul Debnam for hype. That team was a win away from the tournament and it still stings.

From my understanding of the rules he would not have to redshirt if transferring. He's announced he's transferring already, so I assume this means he's leaving after this semester. He can transfer and if he's enrolled in spring then he would just have to sit out the fall semester, and could play in the spring semester of 2020.

I'm not saying we should go after him, as I don't know enough about him, but just pointing out he could theoretically compete next year (in acc play) if we wanted to go after him.

Meh. Green is a good shooter when open and a nice kid. He has experience in big time games and doesn't back down. He has trouble creating his own shot, and can't take it to the basket. Despite his size, he is not quick. Not a good passer and sometimes decision making is questionable. He is a major liability on defense. The main reason he has seen his minutes disappear at UK is his inability to guard literally anyone.

Cool if he comes here but I'm not going to be that excited. I'm good with our current guards. Buzz go get some big men please I'm begging you.

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Any updates on Landers Nolley??