Virginia Tech Basketball Recruiting: Wabissa Bede Commits to the Hokies

Head Hokie Buzz Williams lands his second 4-star commitment of Tech's 2017 class.

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Virginia Tech added blue-chip hoops prospect Wabissa Bede to its 2017 recruiting class. Bede opted for the Hokies over offers from Butler, LaSalle, UMass, and Minnesota.

The 6-1, 180 pound Cushing Academy (Massachusetts) point guard is rated as 4-star and top-100 recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals, and Scout. Bede made an official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend. Buzz Williams and staff have been hot on his tail as of late.

"I love coach [Buzz] Williams," Bede said in an August interview with Scout. "[He] reminds me of [Mass Rivals coach] Vin [Pastore]. He's tough with a soft heart. He believes in me a lot and I can play at that level and produce there. Also they've been recruiting me a lot this summer."

Bede joins highly-touted shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker in Virginia Tech basketball's 2017 recruiting class.

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FINAL FOUR

LETS GOOOOO

I'd like to be that optimistic, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, and become unfairly critical of any set back.

Buzz out here taking care of business like:

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I'm stoked about landing another Top 100 recruit!
Your gif makes me think about the cover of one of my all-time favourite albums:

Also, what is that gif from?

"Stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!" - William Addison Caldwell, 1872

4 deep? Welcome to the Hokies!

“This guy is slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl full of snot!” - Mike Burnop

The fact that this program was in shambles three season ago and somehow we got one of the best coaches is amazing. The fact that we're playing and recruiting at a level where we can compete in the ACC is even more astounding. Huge props to Whit and Buzz for turning this program around. I'm excited for basketball season again

BOOOOOOOOOOOM

He grades out as the #16 PG and #72 overall player of the 2017 class on 247. He's out 2nd 4* player of this class, with our only other commit being Alexander-Walker, who actually grades out higher, as the #38 overall player in the country.

Holy amazeballs, VT basketball is loading the eff up right now. Buzz for President!

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

OK, I'll say it. That's a really good lookin' woman in a really dowdy lookin' dress.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Looks good on her.

It looks live she is giving two hj's

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

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That's two top 75 guys in this cycle! Between him and NAW, we're going to be stacked at guards for years to come. The future is bright, friends!

Edit: to keep with the trend in this thread...

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.

This is probably my favorite GIF of all time.

Exit light. Enter night. Enter the Hokies.

mine, too. i just hope somebody captures all of Coach's sideline antics and puts it into one big video!

Probably showing my age, but I can't look at this gif without thinking "Stop.... Hammertime!"

All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding, dang my dang a long ling long....

Awesome! Buzz might be the best defender on the team with the way he's shuffling those feet.

Is that JCVD??

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

YESSIR.

wow, a rare JCVD appearance in "Breakin'!"

+1 that gif made my day

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

So what happens first: football makes the playoffs or hoops makes the Final Four?

"And then the real chess match began." - Justin Fuente

How about hoops just making the dance for starters?

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Versus the football team making the playoffs? No contest. Gotta set the bar high for both sides. Maybe making the dance vs winning the Coastal, but why dream small?

"And then the real chess match began." - Justin Fuente

Considering when the seasons end I'd say the football team is going to win this one.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I like that you did there

We are going to be seeing a lot of multiple pg sets based on our recruiting.

YEAH! Man can't wait to see the team in the coming years.

I think football has a very good chance to make a trip to Orlando this year, and the basketball season, honestly, will be a disappointment if we don't make the dance.

Another blue chip recruit...

I could get used to this!!

Keep calm, Gobble on

WOOOOOO yes!

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

Big change Buzz has brought already: I used to view every potential 4* recruit as "The Savior" of Tech basketball, because we so seldom had a chance at one. Now they're just another (good) recruit to me.

And yet, each additional top100 recruit actually has a greater chance of tipping the scales to great success, and thus being that difference maker...

Ok, I'm gonna say it....y'all ready...here it goes....hope you're sitting down....this is a doozy....

EMMA WATSON IS NOTHING SPECIAL AND ISN'T RELEVANT ANYMORE!!!!!!!

EDIT: Phew, this has been therapeutic

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Tweedy can run like a dadgum antelope or whatever. I like to use scalded dog. Do antelopes lumber? Cheetah, OK. He runs like a cheetah. He's fast. - Bud Foster

'whatever'......

/s

I um. . . what were we talking about again?

"I promise you I will keep getting back up as long as you keep pushing forward." -Michael Brewer
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Emma is a freaking goddess and always will be. Anyone who disagree must just not like beautiful women

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate

Whoa whoa whoa, lets hear him out. Who would you put in her place?

Honestly, I do find her very attractive. Not like mind blowing my so, but mainly I just get weirded out by how often gifs are used around here. Especially, when it is of her as a little girl, I mean when it's an adult Emma it's clearly used because she is hot, but then someone posts a gif of her as a 13 year old and it weirds me out because it's a bunch of grown men obessessing over a girl even when she is just a little kid.

Agreed but I think they're just trying to find different gifs for variety and not really looking at the age factor or thinking she's "hot" at 13

One thing to remember is that a lot (most? Don't know the demographic) of the guys here grew up with the Harry Potter movies and Emma. So for them it's not pervy; it's nostalgic.


Not pervy - nostalgic

Also I don't know how to make this image smaller :(

I mean, I grew up with it as well. I love the books, just don't obsess over it though I suppose.

It's not an obsession. It's just one of the running jokes in the TKP community, part of the irreverent fun around here. I don't think there's anything intrinsically creepy, weird, or inappropriate about it.

I know haha, I've been on here for a long time. I don't think anyone here is a creep, just certain stuff is creepy lol.

"I'm not obsessed. I can stop posting Emma gifs whenever I want. I just don't want to right now."

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Leg for the Wayback Machine. Kristy and I were close once; had a poster of her on my wall as a teenager. Back when GIF was what we called peanut-butter.....

"Don't go to, go through"

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Oh, she's just playin' with us on that one...

Buzz be like this with all these 4 stars

Major key alert

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

This is sooo awesome. I love the direction the basketball program is heading in. With the great recruits we are getting, it looks like Buzz is in for the long haul as well

To put this kind of signing in perspective, here's the top VT recruits since 2000 by rankings:

http://virginiatech.247sports.com/Sport/Basketball/AllTimeRecruits

Just look at all the talent in the top 10-15 that Buzz has brought in just in the past couple of years. Talk about a program trending in the right direction!

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.

I clicked and realize that we now have FIVE Top-100 4-stars over the next 3 classes.
-Both '17 commits, our lone '18 commit, and both twins in 2019 are all 4*
-Also kinda cool looking at the 2019 class and seeing #1 in the ACC and #1 in the nation haha

8 of VT's top 16 recruits since 2000 are either Buzz commits or were incoming when he got here! That includes 3 of the top 5.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

This puts us at the #18 recruiting class in the nation per 247. Louisville is barely ahead at 17th, and UNC is 14th.

We actually have a better avg recruit rating than UNC, as they have one 4* and two 3*'s. This is all subject to change obviously, but Buzz grabbing what is potentially the best backcourt duo in the country for 2017 is somehow not even crazy news anymore.

ReAlly excited about Bede and NAW! Now we just need to to land a big And a forward and this class will be awesome. Morsell would be a good start!

Morsell's a beast. I'm not sure if we can steal him from MD at this point, but if anyone can it's Buzz.

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.

Yes, we need these two to get out and recruit some bigs for us. With their stature, they can really help sell the program and the future.

Their combined stature would give us a player over 12 feet tall.

Call me greedy, but

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

We do still have 1 more scholarship available (thanks, Devin).

I thought we had two more? By my count we have four overall for 2017 available to replace the outgoing seniors: LeDay, Allen, Hamilton, and Wilson.

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.

FWIW, we're picking up some crystal balls on a couple of 6'7" forwards tonight too. Dre' Perry and Antwan Walker.

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.

loluva right now

Yes, LOLUVA is a bunch of dicks.

"And then the real chess match began." - Justin Fuente

Dude this kid's hoopmixtape is absolutely filthy. Not trying to jump the gun or anything here, but we may seem flashes of this guy...

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

Just not the college version of Kyrie. He played like.... 10 games in college.

I think it might have actually been closer to like 6 but yeah he was at Duke for a cup of coffee.

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

He played 9 regular season games and then 2 NCAA tourney games. But yes, not exactly a stat-stuffed college career

Comparing a guy who just committed to a 1st overall draft pick, and NBA all-star before he plays a game on campus might be jumping the gun...just a tad.

Granted Kyrie is doing that to another NBA star, and Wabissa would be playing NCAA athletes so maybe its not entirely unfounded based on comparative level of competition.

It's worth saying again, thanks Whit Babcock for hiring the right coaches to rebuild VT sports

VT Basketball...the BUZZ is growing

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My mood when I saw this news...

NAW doing work helping Buzz out

VT CEE Class of 2016

"Exit Light. Enter night..."

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