We add another forward!@jh0_smoove, welcome to #HokieNation 🤝📝 » https://t.co/H5U4tJYYsE#StoneByStone | #Hokies 🦃 pic.twitter.com/WcUt9tFd6P— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) April 15, 2021
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team added a Ft. Lauderdale talent today. 6'8" 215-pound SF Jalen Haynes is a Hokie (247 profile here). A former Broward County Class 7A-6A player of the year, Haynes was originally a 2020 recruit who held offers from Boston College, VCU, UCF, USF, Miss St., FGCU, and others. After deciding to reclassify to 2021, he played a post-scholastic year at the outstanding Montverde Academy (s/o Justin Bibbs) where he averaged 20.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
"Jalen possesses the type of skill and size we are looking for in our program," Young said. "He reminds me of a lot of good players I have had the privilege of coaching in the past and we are excited to bring him to Virginia Tech. Jalen comes from a very good high school program and he has a great understanding of the game of basketball. We are excited for his future as a Hokie."
The Hokies were looking for a player that has the versatility to play either forward spot and Jalen fits that well and can bring a scoring presence from a bigger wing.
As of right now, the Hokies have one scholarship opening remaining for the 2021-22 season.