Hokie Hoops April-May Recruiting

New post for the spring that should take us to the end of the recruiting dead period.

If Bede (grad assistant?) and Aluma (NBA?) return, the Hokies are full up on scholarship spots for the upcoming season with the additions of Storm Murphy, Sean Pedulla, Michael Durr, Jalen Haynes, and Lynn Kidd.

c-sr c-jr c-so c-frosh frosh
Bede, G Mutts (r), F Radford (r), G Maddox, G Pedulla, G
Murphy, G Aluma (r), F Cattoor, G N'Guessan, F Haynes, F
- - Alleyne, G Kidd, C -
- - Ojiako, F - -

June visitors:

June 1
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SG Rodney Rice (unofficial) (Tentatively planned to visit UConn, Maryland, Georgetown, Louisville, and Alabama)

June 3
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SF Justin Taylor (unofficial) (June 5- UNC, June 9- Syracuse, June 15- Indiana, unofficial also planned for UVA)

June 5
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ PG BJ Edwards (unofficial) (June 8- Tennessee, June 15- Wake Forest)
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ CG MJ Collins (June 6- Elon, June 7- Wake Forest (both unofficial))

June 12
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SF Noah Batchelor (June 11- Pitt, June 22- NC State)

June 13
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ PF Braden Huff

June 28 (per 247 list)
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ C Will Shaver (June 1- UNC, June 4- Wake Forest, June 18- Purdue)

June 30
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CG Donald Hand, Jr. (unofficial) (June 18- VCU (unofficial), Louisville also pushing hard for a visit)

TBD
2022 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ C Cameron Corhen Official to VT TBD (Houston official TBD)

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What better way to break in a beautiful, newly renovated Cassell Coliseum than showcasing a MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year? St. Frances (Baltimore) PF Derik Queen (6'8" 215. again- FRESHMAN) has an early offer from the Hokies in addition to Georgetown, Maryland, and LSU. 247 profile here.

Among the others to receive the award are Marvin Bagley III in 2015 and LaMelo Ball in 2016, two current NBA players.
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Despite having four senior teammates that are Division I commits, Queen, who maintains a "B" average in the classroom, established himself as the team's focal point as the season grew.

St. Frances coach Nick Myles has a lot of praise for the freshman:

"Early on, what was surprising was his confidence," Myles said. "He came in and from Day 1, even if he was or wasn't the best player on the floor, in his mind, he was the best man on the floor and he was going to try to prove he was the best man on the floor. So just his confidence as a freshman stood out."
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"Derik's basketball intelligence is off the charts. He's 6-8 and makes plays as a guard, a forward and a center and seems to do whatever is necessary to win games," said Tom Strickler, a Maryland-based scout for the National Recruiting Report, a coaches-only service that evaluates high school talent.

very niche deep cut, but I hear his name in Strong Bad's voice. oh sorry Derik Queen.

Henry Coleman is in the portal but alvin says he doubt we pursue

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Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

That's too bad, but I get it. Would make for a slightly unbalanced roster.

I think we still holding a scholarship for Tre Mitchell if he chooses us

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

According to Torvik, adding Mitchell would launch us from #20 to #7. Granted there are still a lot of players in the portal that will bump other teams up.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

Mitchell would be a huge pick up, but are we realistically in the mix for him?

Yes

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Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Our odds may have gotten better through simple elimination. Illinois has been mentioned pretty consistently in connection with Mitchell's process, but assistant Orlando Antigua is reported to be returning to Kentucky. He was the coach Tre was very impressed with during his initial recruitment. Hard recruitment to read for those without connections.

For those following, we're out of the race.
Top 6 of LSU, Texas, Florida State, Georgia,... Bryant... and Illinois

Any interest in Mac McClung

No

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

With Storm coming in there's no room for him, the play the same position and role. I would love Mac to be a Hokie, I think he would be a perfect fit into our culture, but I think last year was the chance for that and now it's gone.

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

Wow, the almighty "thou shall play for the swoosh only from age 8" logic is losing some steam.

The Hokies have one scholarship open for the upcoming season following the additions of Storm Murphy, Sean Pedulla, Michael Durr, and Jalen Haynes.

don't forget the new player most likely to have a big impact on our team's performance this season

also all the classes are a year off.. 2020-21 didn't count against eligibility, so Cattoor & Alleyne for example are Sophomores again, c-SO if you want to indicate the extra year out of high school. Radford would be a cr-So

All good points. Thanks. I had put Storm in the breakdown, but I took for granted folks would know about the eligibility.

Received some sort of commitment may be walk on?

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Name to watch

247 profile

Obviously, this recruitment could take on a whole new turn if VT lands Mike Jones as associate HC.

Who? (Oof, should have scrolled down first)

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2022 wing Chisom Okpara (6'7" 195) has seen his recruiting heat up this month, securing offers from Penn State and Minnesota to add to his already solid list of Pitt, Ole Miss, Seton Hall, Xavier, and Providence. He's also received interest from Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Oregon, and Marquette. I'm not seeing where Virginia Tech has offered yet, but Mike Young's staff is clearly interested and staying in contact.

Virginia Tech: "That relationship is going very well, coach Giltner calls me every other day and is always checking up on me which is very nice. I feel like that's a great way to develop a relationship. They also send me graphics on their history and I like how they played this year in the postseason which stood out."
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While there are no plans for any decision, Okpara knows what he wants in a program.

"I want a good school with good academics, a good campus, and great basketball," he said. "I also want a team where I can get in transition but if we need to run a set that's fine. On defense I want to play a lot of man."

Scouts consistently note Okpara plays hard the entire game, attacks the rim, and makes plays off the glass. He takes pride in rebounding and running the floor in transition.

[deep breath]
Virginia Tech will host a basketball recruit for an in-person visit.
[exhales happily]
Man, that felt good to write. Even better? It's 2022 STAB (Charlottesville) standout Justin Taylor! The 6'6" 200-lb SF is scheduled to be in Blacksburg 2 days after the dead period ends on June 3. He's also expected to visit UNC, Syracuse, EDIT: and Indiana in the following week.
It's hard to overstate how big this visit is. Justin Taylor is easily one of the best players in Virginia, and his ability to defend multiple positions combined with his shooting ability from anywhere on the court would make him an excellent fit for a Mike Young team.

A few updates on Taylor. Identifies VT, Syracuse, Indiana, UNC, and Virginia as programs reaching out most consistently. Wants to make a decision at the end of July/early August.

"Right now Virginia Tech is just going to be an unofficial visit because of the driving distance and it is so close to home but the rest will be official visits. I think I might save that official visit for later."
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"Coach Giltner is my lead recruiter. I know Mike Jones because of DeMatha but I have never really interacted with him. I talk to Mike Young a good amount too. He and Coach Giltner reach out a ton so I talk with them a lot."

I love, love, love seeing these visits getting scheduled.

2022 Virginia Beach (Landstown) CG Donald Hand, Jr. plans to visit Virginia Tech immediately after the dead period ends. The 6'5" 180-lb 4-star is receiving heavy interest from Connecticut, Louisville, NC State, and others, but he likes what Mike Young and his staff are doing in Blacksburg:

Virginia Tech: "I think my first visit is going to be Virginia Tech in like the first week of June. I'm really excited to take my visits. I really like their free-flowing offense, they shoot a lot of threes and they really let their guards go. They run screen and rolls and they like my size."

Given his outlook on Tech and what he's looking for in a program, you have to like VT's chances.

While Hand hasn't locked in on an exact date and wants to get visits in, don't look for him to take too long when it comes to making his college decision.

"I would say that sometime before schools starts so maybe August or early September. I really want a coach who is going to push me on and off the court and I would like a family atmosphere. I want somewhere that I can trust the coaches like I trust my parents because that will be my home away from home."

Hand's Commonwealth ties run DEEP. His father, Donald Sr., was a terrific guard at UVA who still ranks among UVA's career leaders in scoring, assists, steals, FTs, and 3s. DJ's stepfather, Landstown coach Dwight Robinson, was an All-American football player at James Madison and later played in the Canadian Football League.

Just as Hand likes what he sees from the Hokies, one has to imagine Mike Young likes what he sees in Hand- a tall, unselfish guard with great handles, who creates shots, runs a good pick and roll, distributes the ball very well, and has solid versatility on both ends of the floor at the 1, 2, and 3.

Hand will take an unofficial visit to Blacksburg on June 30.

As of now Hand plans on cutting his list after the live period and making a decision sometime in October, after he takes his official visits with everyone on campus.
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Virginia Tech: "Coach Webster has been recruiting me I would say since the beginning of last March. He called me and started recruiting me hard and kept in touch. I got really close with him, and he talks to me on the daily about anything so it's a good relationship. They're a really good team that lets their guards play free and take their shots."

One of the players I most want to get on campus for a visit is bucket dynamo Tyler Nickel out of Elkton, VA (East Rockingham). A confident, prolific scorer beyond the arc and at the rim, the 6'8", 210-lb small forward phenom is at the top of the VHSL stat sheets, having notched 1,902 points through his junior season, including all-time records for points in a season by a freshman (662) and a sophomore (902). Only 50 players in VHSL history have 2,000 or more. Needless to say, Tyler's talents have gotten plenty of attention. In addition to Virginia Tech, he holds offers from Iowa, LSU, NC State, Penn State, Wake, Clemson, EDIT: WVU, and others.

As for the Hokies,

"They have a free-flowing offense and have been very emphatic on telling me I would be their priority and become their primary scorer. They have been showing a lot of love from the very beginning, before anyone else, and they are good people. They are on the rise as a program, in debatably the best conference in the country. (Assistant) coach (Christian) Webster and coach (Mike) Young talk to me the most."
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They way they played this past year really fits me and my strengths to a "t" I think."

I have to agree with Tyler on that. He's a perfect fit for Mike Young's Hokies- a versatile, long body who can work through contact inside or sharpshoot from beyond the arc (50-of-116, 43%). VT would give Nickel the tools and ACC platform to get him to the NBA Draft. And if all that isn't enough to get you excited, check out what he wants to do after basketball:

Nickel is leaning towards a major in Communications.

"I'm looking at sports broadcasting for whenever my hooping days end," he said.

Perfect. Virginia Tech. Fit.

As for what's next, Nickel has floated the idea trimming his list over the summer and committing on September 5, his birthday.

I heard if Ohio State offers he going there

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

UPDATE: Nickel now plans to trim his list on Sept. 5 and commit in November. Identifies the most heavily involved programs as:

UNC, WVU, NC State, Virginia Tech, and LSU.

This is a change from April 27 when we learned

Nickel, a four-star, 6-8 wing and another East Coast Hawkeye target, told 247Sports in April that Iowa, LSU, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State were the four schools that stood out the most in his recruitment.

Nickel talks Hokies, UNC, NC State, and Iowa.

Virginia Tech: "They were the first school out of all of them to start recruiting me so it's been a strong relationship for a long time. Coach Christian Webster and coach Young are recruiting me and I have a really good relationship with coach Webster because he's been there since the start. As far as a role goes, they just tell me they want me to play on the perimeter, score. and play multiple positions."

Memphis, TN may be hiding an underrated 2022 prospect in three-star combo guard Chandler Jackson (6'4", 205), but programs have taken notice of his recent jump in development. This season, he was the focal point of a talented, balanced squad that went 21-1. A bit of a do-it-all player, Jackson prides himself on his flexibility and coachability. He currently holds offers from the likes of Memphis, Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Creighton, and others, in addition to the Hokies, who he will visit virtually this Thursday.

While he isn't planning on a commitment until after the summer, the Hokies have his attention.

Virginia Tech: "They like what they see, they like my game and that means a lot having a coach from a big program, that means a lot."

My own read is Memphis is in the driver's seat. It's his hometown, he seems to really like Penny Hardaway, and Chandler has more than once expressed a desire to play in a nice "city". We'll see if playing in a bigger conference for a team on the rise, new facilities on the way, and the reigning ACC Coach of the Year can overcome these factors.

Thanks for these summaries! As someone who doesn't follow basketball recruiting closely, these are really helpful.

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"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Kam Craft 6-5 SG out of IL, hearing early good things about VT, UVA and Iowa

He may not have a star ranking yet, but he's got a 5-star name (even if it's for Duke bball). 2023 Knoxville PG Blue Cain (6'4" 180, who once scored 73 points in a game as a freshman) is seeing his recruitment take off after picking up an offer from hometown program Tennessee in addition to Syracuse, South Carolina, and others. Virginia Tech is keeping in contact, as is UCLA. A potential move out west has caught Blue's imagination. Just a name to watch as more high-level programs take notice over the next couple of years. Should be interesting!

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

You're my boy, Blue

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

It's an unwritten law that it's my lunch pail. I've issued the challenge. If someone outworks me, they can get it.
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Blue should be coming to VT. I mean they are right here with the Gobbler.

Recovering scientist working in business consulting

With Durr decommitting, it's time to play Who's Giltner Following? A couple of recent Twitter follows catch our attention:

Tyler Stevenson, 6'8' 225 F out of Southern Miss. Led the team last year in points (14.1) and rebounds (7.1)

Jordan Brown, 6'11" 235 5-star F out of Arizona. Born in California, transferred to Arizona from Nevada. Former McDonald's All-American and Mountain West Preseason Freshman of the Year. Averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds at Arizona in 2020-21, earning Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year honors.

I've seen more tape of Brown than Stevenson. Long body, moves well in the paint, gets his defender moving, and has a nice, soft touch at the rim. He would be an incredible pickup. Distance might be a factor, though, obviously.

Offer out to Illinois State F Dusan Mahorcic (6'11" 230) from Serbia. Averaged 9.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season for the Redbirds. Mahorcic may have wanted to make a decision this week between Texas, Florida, BYU, and Penn State, but more attention from other programs in recent days may persuade him to extend his timeline.

VTU!!! Kids got a lot to learn

Suddenly, the Hokies are in Mahorcic's final 4 (along with Texas, Penn State, and BYU) and he will announce his decision Friday at noon (central time). His previous final 4 listed Florida instead of Virginia Tech, but the coach recruiting him in Gainesville left.

Busting Brackets sums up the fit:

Mahorcic would definitely start alongside Aluma [should he return] and it would be an ideal fit for everyone. The former Redbird would have a meaningful role on an ACC team that would be ranked if Aluma comes back and won't risk being benched for other bigs as he could at Texas.

Hoping for a surprise, but if we just got plugged into the top 4 after UF dropped off, I'd guess it's a top 3 + us

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

haaaaaaaaaaaang on a sec

Another Giltner follow from the Czech Republic. Miroslav Stafl is a 6'10" 235 big out of Hartford.

UPDATE: Committed to Central Michigan 5/19

Another official visit is locked in. 6'9" 205-lb Braden Huff will visit Blacksburg June 13-14. 247 currently has him ranked as a four-star SF. The Chicago-area product holds offers from Creighton, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and UPenn.

I like this guy a lot. The buzz surrounding Braden Huff is pretty new, as he hasn't been filling up the stat sheet until lately, but scouts take note he's a floor-stretching, smooth-shooting lefty in a legit 6'9" (6'10"?) body. Huff put up 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 blocks while averaging just 22 minutes a game this season. Major programs have been taking notice of a jump in Huff's development over the past year, putting on 25 lbs of muscle weight while keeping his handles from before (links to 2020 before video and 2021 after video).

Wisconsin fans note:

Besides being a southpaw, Huff's outside shooting and defensive length present intriguing potential as an inside-out recruit for the Badgers. His film also shows the ability to take fairly athletic defenders off the dribble from the top of the key, at least at the high school level.

I wonder how the staff stands with Tyler Nickel. Kid is an absolute stud.

Is coronavirus over yet?

4-star 2022 PG BJ Edwards unofficial visit to Blacksburg June 5, but everything I can find sounds like he's staying home at Tennessee.

File under Name To Watch

AJ Storr, who committed to Illinois at the beginning of April, has decommitted. The 3-star SG out of Las Vegas made his commitment the same day he got his VT offer, according to the 247 timeline, but then the coach recruiting him bounced to Kentucky. His only other P5 offer I can find is Ole Miss, though he says he's still considering Illinois.

Illinois takes our coach, we take their player...

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Not to count chickens, etc but adding Mike Jones as AHC would be HUGE. EVERYone knows Mike Jones. He would bring impeccable bona fides (esp in the DMV) to Blacksburg. Setting aside the impact it would have for recruiting in the region, here's some of his current roster at DeMatha:

2021 4-star SG Jordan Hawkins (UConn commit)

2022 4-star SG Rodney Rice

2022 4-star SF Tyrell Ward

2023 5-star F Jason Moore, looking at playing football (DE), but any interest in being a 2-sport athlete?

2023 4-star SG Jacoi Hutchinson

Who?

His USA Basketball contacts would also be an interesting cross reference

And after the new assistant is announced, a crystal ball gets placed for the Hokies with Tyrell Ward
247 Profile

You'd be hard-pressed to find an analyst with a better prediction track record for Maryland players than Ermann.

In a non paywall thread on 247 Arvin said he thinking about putting a CB for Rodney Rice SG out of Dematha. Wartooth you wanna do the honors of putting his player profile up?😁

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

For a player like Rodney Rice, I'd be happy to!

Adding Mike Jones has clearly given the Hokies a boost in the recruitment of DeMatha 4-star SG ("SG" - he can run point) Rodney Rice (6'4", 185), who holds offers from Indiana, Maryland, Illinois, Notre Dame, Georgetown, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma State, Albama, and UConn, with more on the way.

Rice has great size, strength, and three-level scoring prowess, but also good handles and court vision, which makes him an impressive combo guard prospect. Don't take it from me, though- take it from VIRGINIA TECH ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH MIKE JONES (if it sounds like I'm crowing, I am. I've been glowing all day.):

"He's an elite shot-maker," Jones said. "He's got a great mid-range game. He can get to the basket. He can make 3s at a pretty good clip.
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"I think he's a really good defender," Jones said. "He's capable of being a great defender and an elite defender because he can move his feet and he is strong. With the schedule we play every night, he's going to line up against somebody who is a high-level basketball player.

Fun Facts: Rice has been going to Maryland games since he was 14, so the Terps would love to get their hands on him for obvious reasons, but also because their track record landing DeMatha players, uh, hasn't been great (DeMatha is 4 miles from Xfinity Center, yet Maryland has gotten 0 DeMatha players in 15 years).

Watch out for Notre Dame because the senior Rice (Rodney's father, a former player at Richmond) is close to head coach Mike Brey (DeMatha class of '77 and former assistant coach, 1982-87) and associate head coach Rod Balanis (DeMatha class of '88). Changes in Blacksburg could render that moot, though. We'll see!

We're getting a shot right out the gate!

I've updated the original post with visit dates.

Quick scouting report on 2022 4-star SF Tyrell Ward (6'7" 185) from the man himself, Mike Jones:

"He's a legit 6-7, long lanky limbs," Jones said. "I don't know what his wingspan is, but it's huge. He affects every part of the game. He scores, he rebounds. He blocks shots. He steals the ball. He does a little bit of everything."

If you made a word cloud of that article, two of the standouts would be "Versatile" and "Long"

"He's a throwback in terms of the way he plays," Jones said. "He makes jump shots. He's shooting very well from the 3 so far this year. We tease him because he's got a lot of finesse. The finger rolls. The finishing around the rim. He's got good touch with his right and his left hand. He's good. He's really good. He's developed into what I believe to be one of the top players in his class around the country."

Did some reading last night on a couple articles from late April early May on ward. Probably gonna get a huge jump on 247 rankings which currently have him 109th in the country. They said it would be a jump into the top 50 so I wonder how high his composite will jump afterwardsπŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Read into this what you will:

"The schools that I want to visit are Xavier, Indiana, LSU and Maryland," Ward told IMS last week.

Ward has a Top 8 of Maryland, LSU, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Xavier, Miami, and Georgetown. VT scored 2 CBs for Ward following the Mike Jones hire. Some may see Tech's absence on the list so far as worrying. Others may see a prospect going through the process, enjoying his official visits, and either saving the Hokies for his 5th, depending on the offers that continue to come in, or taking an unofficial to Blacksburg in the future.

The Hokies will be getting a visit from 2022 4-star SF Noah Batchelor.

The 6'6", 185-pound Maryland native and IMG Academy product grew up a Duke and UNC fan (neither have offered yet). He is a Top-100 247 prospect with a deep offer list, but in January he identified "Memphis, Marquette, Maryland, Georgetown, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Pittsburgh and NC State" as the schools reaching out most. He also said he's talked to other recruits about being a "package deal", name-checking Jalen Washington, Jett Howard, Jarace Walker, and Jaden Bradley. He has already had a Zoom meeting with the VT staff.

Imo this is already the work of Mike Jones😎

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Also him name dropping Jarace Walker. I remember Walker saying some really positive stuff about tech early in his recruitment. I wonder if Jones coach him any for team USA stuffπŸ€”πŸ€”

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Walker did have us in his top 3 last year with Michigan and Maryland. At the time, there was buzz about him and (now Tennessee commit) Brandon Huntley-Hatfield looking at a package deal.

Coach Jones and Walker definitely worked together. Walker participated in a few Team USA Junior National Team and U16 minicamps in 2018 and 2019. Jones headed up one of the 2019 camps Walker attended, the same year Jones led the 2019 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

No one seems to have a grip on where he will go, but Michigan and maybe UNC will probably make the cut. It sounds like there's plenty of room for the Hokies to make a case, especially with the addition of Jones. Oh, and one other new face on the Hokies' roster might help, too.


Jaden Springer (Tenn), Jarace Walker (2022), Matthew Murrell (Ole Miss), Chikara Tanaka (2021), Jalen Johnson (Duke), Moussa Diabate (Michigan), Mark Williams (Duke), Zach Edey (Purdue), Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Tenn), and our kidd, Lynn.

I don't know when that picture was taken, but Walker is supposed to be a 6'8" power forward and there are six guys on that team taller than him. Obviously, IMG is an elite program, but holy crap!

No apologies necessary. I was commenting on how big that IMG team was. I really appreciate all you do to keep us UTD on VT basketball. Thanks!

I seen Jayden Epps just decommitted from providenceπŸ‘€

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Probably a NCSU/Illinois battle tho

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

I was going to make a joke that it was a battle between former VT coaches in Fraizer and Wiles... but I forgot James Johnson is on the staff at NC State so it's actually more true than I thought.

Arvin on 247 confirms we're on the outside. Too bad. Loved his tape, but if he's not a fit, he's not a fit.

EDIT: we have reaffirmed our offer, FTR

I guess you could say the B1G advocate for recruiting him to VT has moved on to another program.

As someone who doesn't have much experience following cball recruiting, is there a peak time for recruits to be making commit decisions?

VT '17

Usually the summer so they can focus on their last season of hs basketball

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Every powerhouse college basketball program who wants to make deep Tournament runs needs a top-tier floor general to run point. Virginia Tech has already put one Caleb F. in the pros as a 1st-rounder and has been pushing for another.

Get familiar with the name Caleb Foster (6-2, 170) because he's going to be big and the Hokies have been all over him for the past year. Foster is a 2023 NC native currently at Oak Hill. A mature, consistent, balanced prospect, he is "a future Final Four floor general". Unlike flashier star guards looking to command eyeballs, Foster is a smart, patient facilitator who makes good decisions because he lets the game come to him.

Caleb Foster's unique blend of talent and maturity as a sophomore are what drew the attention of the Hokies' staff. Prior to the recent staff shakeup and addition of Mike Jones as AHC, Tech was pushing for an early commitment.

The 2023 point guard says that Virginia Tech is trying to get him to commit to the Hokies early.

"They're just trying to get me to commit," he said. "Their pitch has been that they're going to get me better, they want to get me on the court, get me stronger and possibly win a national championship."

Caleb already holds offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, and Georgetown, with Louisville and a host of others soon to come.

wartooth -- thanks for the high-effort basketball recruiting content and news you've been posting here. TKP's got a lot of really strong analysis and discussion on the hoops front in-season, both from staff and the community at large, and it's great to see it extend to offseason/recruiting as well. hard not to be excited about the state and trajectory of the program right now

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

(quick note- updated the roster in a table at the top. Hopefully you'll find it easier to read and digest. Or ignore. Whatever 😁)

If you follow the bball recruiting boards, you've heard the name Will Shaver come up once or twice. You should be hearing it more than that. Word came out yesterday the 6-9, 245 center (note: recent articles update his height to 6-11) intends to make the trip up to Blacksburg from Birmingham, Alabama.

APrimusHokie mentioned Shaver some months ago as a 2022 potential top 100 prospect and everything I've seen and read bears that assessment out. A remarkably unique big, he has the tools to be a game-changing force in the paint but can also stroke from beyond the arc. He's had multiple games in the past season where he's scored five or more 3s. His physical growth and his evolving skill set put me in mind of a big dog who has gotten used to not being a puppy. As Shaver got bigger, instead of focusing solely on rim protection and rebounding, he simply added those skills to his mountain of other physical gifts.

The results speak for themselves. Shaver helped lead Oak Mountain to its first state title, turned in some terrific performances playing for Pro 1 on the Under Armour circuit, and has impressed at recent showcase camps.

Rated only a 3-star (for now), Shaver holds offers from Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Iowa, Stanford, Wake Forest, and others. North Carolina also offered in the last few days, which carries an additional footnote as Shaver is a friend of former UNC forward and Alabama native Garrison Brooks.

Shaver plans to announce his college decision on September 17, his 18th birthday.

Man, 17 years old and already 6'-11". Woo-weee... What if he sprouts after getting to college? I recall John Salley shot from like 6'-7" to 6'-11" between his his school senior year and the end of his college Fr year at GT.

He looks like he has a massive wingspan.

Another visit is on the books. This one from underrated, less-of-a-secret-every-day 2022 CG MJ Collins (6-2, 175) out of Rock Hill, SC. After a couple of months' contact with VT, Collins received his offer from the Hokies at the end of April and will be visiting Blacksburg on June 5. The visit will be extra big because it will give MJ a chance to get familiar with the new-look staff (Chester Frazier had been his primary point of contact with Tech).

Collins has been flying under the radar for a while, but has seen his recruiting jump in the last few months with impressive showings on Team Curry (where he is teammates with 2023 PG target Caleb Foster):

Collins is long, athletic, quick and shifty with dynamic ball skills and three-level scoring ability. In one viewing on Sunday, Collins connected on six threes against Strive for Greatness displaying his shot-making. In his second viewing against EAB, it was his playmaking that shined and what ultimately impressed the most.

It is known that Collins can score the ball, especially shoot from three, but his ability to break down his man, get in the lane and find his teammates for shots was illuminating.

You know Mike Young has to like that. Other outlets have been waiting for Collins to pop with major programs, too, describing him as a

smooth, reliable scorer with impeccable efficiency from all three levels and the ability to generate (and convert) high-level buckets against any type of assignment. Collins is equally as impressive in transition as the half-court and shows no real weaknesses on either end of the floor.

Elsewhere I've seen Collins pegged as 6-4 and a wing prospect, so he's become a more versatile recruit in the last year or so. Virginia Tech was his first P5 offer, followed by Clemson. He also holds offers from Xavier, VCU, George Mason, Temple, Murray State, and others, with recent interest from Wake Forest and Illinois.

Man, you really pick your poison with MJ Collins (#2). As soon as he steps to the lane, he can drive past you for the bucket, he can drive past you, draw a second defender, and find the open man, or he can just step back and pop one in your face.

Since you said Fraizer was his primary contact, I'm assuming that's why Illinois is recently interested and getting a visit? Also, since I get the feeling that a large part of recruiting is still local ties does the fact that Wofford was only ~60 miles away from Rock Hill help us? (assuming Mike Young still has ties after his 20+ years there to SC high school basketball.)

Illinois hasn't offered yet, but the Frazier connection is almost certainly driving that interest. I'd say it's safe to say any basketball recruit coming out of South Carolina knows who Mike Young is.

Yeah, I guess I phrased that poorly - what I should have asked about Young is whether he can pull in that top SC talent. Nothing against his Wofford teams but their success absolutely seems to be coaching driven and player fit, not pure talent. Also not a lot of in-state guys signed there (at least ranked ones on 247). But obviously, a top 25 ACC school is easier to recruit at than a top 25 SOCON school.

Maybe the Young/Jones tandem can seal the deal on another top 100 recruit. I honestly feel like we're one piece away from establishing ourselves as a perennial top ACC school.

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Can't say I'm hating seeing Favour Aire's name pop up when folks are talking about Ward maybe coming to Blacksburg.

Aire is a 6-11, 215 Center from Bishop McNamara. 247 Composite = 0.9578 4-star, #11 Center, #79 National

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Men's basketball previewing some of the features recruits will visit starting next week

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The staff appears to be in place with the possibility of a new grad assistant yet to be determined. Let's schedule more visits!

At 6-10, 210, Corhen is currently listed as a 2022 3-star center prospect out of Texas. The past year has been a great one for Corhen's development, as he's gotten longer and worked hard on and off the court. Running hills and box jumping turned a "6-foot-8 sophomore who couldn't dunk [into] a 6-10 star" and has Corhen primed to land a spot in the Rivals150. His scholarship offers reflect that work, as he now boasts a list that includes Arizona, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and others.

Corhen is a talented big man prospect with a solid combination of size and skill, specifically his shooting accuracy that extends to the three-point line, but he needs to add weight and get stronger to turn potential into production at the high major level. He is a low maintenance type of player who plays with a tremendous amount of effort on the floor. His hands have looked far better in recent months as opposed to when he first entered high school as he has shown flashes of making tough catches, both with off-target passes as well as while running full speed. He will need to bulk up to physically compete at a power conference school but he is an inside-out big man prospect with great upside.

Mike Young and co. was in on Corhen early, offering him in August of 2020, well before all the other big programs on his list. They will need to reintroduce Corhen to the program after the addition of Mike Jones and the departure of Chester Frazier, who was his lead recruiter:

[from earlier this spring] Virginia Tech: "I love them. They are recruiting me the hardest. (Assistant) coach (Chester) Frazier got my number from me on Twitter, and I haven't stopped talking to him since that day. He talks to my parents all the time. I talk to Coach (Mike) Young a lot, too. I like the relationship we have. I also like how they play their big guys, moving them around the floor."