Virginia Tech Basketball Recruiting: Hokies Land Darius Maddox

The Hokies 2020 recruiting class is comprised of two unanimous, top-100 guards.

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Mike Young is recruiting his pants off.

Blue-chip guard Darius Maddox wrapped up an official visit to Virginia Tech Tuesday and revealed his commitment to the Hokies Friday evening. The foundation of this successful recruiting strategy was laid well in advance of the trip and even beyond Young's tenure at Tech.

"First, because all of the assistant coaches on the staff recruited me before they got there," he said. "Christian Webster is actually my cousin, Chester Frazier recruited me at Kansas State and Antwon Jackson recruited me at Cincinnati. They like my game and it feels great when you have a bunch of guys who believe in you."

And the message itself was on point.

"When I went on campus it was just a lot of love and I just felt comfortable there." Maddox told 247Sports. "The coaches they told me the role that they would have me, and I was comfortable with that. Just go in and make shots and push the ball ahead on rebounds."

Rivals analyst Corey Evans is quite bullish on Maddox's prospects.

Completing his senior season at Oak Hill Academy this fall, Maddox is another strong addition to the ACC program. He is a good-sized off guard that brings plenty of toughness to the backcourt and has begun to play with greater urgency each time out. He provides for plenty of defensive potential thanks to his size and ranginess and should find a way to make for an immediate impact upon his enrollment a year from now.

Valued most for his half-court scoring abilities, Maddox is a three-level scorer that wields an effortless jumper. He has to get stronger but is a fine athlete that can finish at the basket and also create for others whenever the chance is provided. Running with the Team Durant program this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit, he posted per-game averages of 16.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and two assists.

Couple Maddox's pledge with guard Joe Bamisile's flip from Northwestern in July, and the Hokies have a helluva 2020 backcourt committed.

Name 274Sports Rivals ESPN
Darius Maddox ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (75) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (86) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (99)
Joe Bamisile ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (65) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (74) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (63)

(National rank is in parenthesis.)

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Not too shabby.

I love the off season. Great pick up.

DRINK!

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Noice!

CMY and staff are killing it. Gotta admit I'm a bit of a pessimist and never thought the transition from Buzz would go this well when we didn't hire a Gregg Marshall type.

Love it.

Let's Go...

Buzz who?

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The guy who took us from dead last in the ACC to 3 straight tournament appearances. 🙄

VB born, class of '14

That was Brent Williams, right?

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And then left, right when it was optimal for him.

Looks like we might have stuck the landing, though.

Been pretty blown away by CMY's quick turnaround on the recruiting trail and retaining a few key players. Way better than I expected.

This is pretty impressive. I helps balance the football drama.

#We'reABasketballSchoolNow

The real basketball school is the friends we made along the way.

I was mainly concerned about CMY getting quality talent here.

By all accounts, he's a great X's and O's guy but I'd seen quite a bit of less than enthusiastic reporting about his recruiting chops.

I'm not sure if that was 100% off base, or if he just did a phenomenal job of hiring assistants but either way -- I'm hopeful that this trend continues and I look like a total idiot.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

I totally agree with you....you were 100% off base about CMY and you will definitely continue to look like an idiot.

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It seems unnecessary to rub HammerTime's face in it. Beyond TKP, if someone admits they are wrong, and still gets knocked for it, it's not a positive reaction to encourage the behavior again. And by no means am I perfect and I have done it before, but it would make it easier for folks on TKP (and elsewhere) to express differing opinions and being able to admit fault without consequence. These thoughts are for everyone as a way to up the level of discourse.

Agreed 800%

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

So you don't agree at all?

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

Naw...
He 800% agrees right now, but he could change his mind and disagree 1000% sometime down the road.

Leonard. Duh.

Beard gonna Beard

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

I'm gonna do it. Don't try and stop me. I'm gonna ask the question that's gonna make people mad.

How can the same school with the same facilities, same fans, same athletic donations, but way more football success and way more emphasis on football be recruiting basketball at an elite level but just terrible in football recruiting? Does the donations/facilities excuse not apply to basketball?

Incredible pickup for Mike Young and the boys. Add PJ Hall and we'll be making Charlottesville itch.

Recruit Prosim

Well it helps we're in the best basketball conference in the country. No football recruit is going to be excited to play any team in the coastal maybe with the exception of Miami (depends if dey bak or not).

We regularly play against five teams that have won a championship in the past 20 years (Duke, UNC, UVa, L'Ville and Syracuse). NC State has good history. Wake Forest is the home of Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. Georgia Tech is the home of Chris Bosh. It's easier to recruit players to ACC basketball than ACC football.

UNC and Miami seem to do ok.

Recruit Prosim

Wake Forest is the home of Chris Paul and Tim Duncan.

How dare you overlook Muggsy Bogues like that!

He didn't see him standing behind everyone else.

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Miami (depends if dey bak or not)

Haven't you heard? "Da U is bak. Da U is ALWAYS bak."

I've been a VT alum and fan long enough, such that Miami has been "bak" FAR longer than they ever *were*.

My first thought is that we don't have a Christian Webster and Chester Frazier equivalent on our football staff.

I'm sure others will dispute that though.

WKU has had a top 15 basketball recruiting class in the last 5 years are they going to be a football powerhouse soon?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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WKU regularly grabs 4 and 5 stars for no apparent reason at all other than that something extremely fishy is going on there. Their starting center was a projected first round pick and chose to go back to WKU for another season. Who does that?

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On an average year we are taking almost twice as many football commits as makes up the whole basketball roster. Because of difference in volume, basketball recruiting can be much more relationship based to overcome the lack of "things". You can cultivate a much stronger relationship when you are focused on 10 top target recruits. I don't think most people would be mad about questioning football recruiting. But don't do it by comparing apples and oranges and don't do it in this thread that is supposed to be celebrating a big commit for the basketball team. Thanks

I don't often feel the need to defend Fuente because lord knows there are plenty of people here who may as well be his PR agents. But in all fairness, the football team has recruited fairly well up until this cycle, and I think the SI article told us exactly what caused the recent drop off in football recruiting. Hopefully that was rock bottom, and we can start recovering now.

To answer your question directly, a great coach/recruiter (they are a package deal in college football and basketball) can succeed anywhere, just ask Howard Schnellenberger or Bill Snyder. And a bad coach can fail anywhere, just ask Mike Shula or Bill Callahan.

Since the season opener for the football team is 15 days away, at this point I'm more interested in seeing the product on the field. To paraphrase Bill Parcells, if you win your critics can't hurt you, if you lose your supporters can't help you.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

Because basketball and football recruiting aren't the same. We just pulled 2 top 100 players, neither of which had offers from top 10 programs. Good luck finding a top 100 football player without a handful of those offers.

1. Two different animals, with basketball being the easier of the two due to smaller roster size and larger talent pool.

2. Recruiting is all momentum, once you have it, it's hard to stop (see: Clemson).

Glad we have it in b-ball right now. Winning in football this year will help give us the jumpstart we need.

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It's going to be really fun to watch this program progress over the next 3-4 years. This may sound weird, but I feel like the fact that we may struggle at times this upcoming season is going to make us fans appreciate it even more when the team turns the corner and starts really winning again.

I don't want to jinx it, and I know nothing is guaranteed, but the talent heading into the program is undeniable. I feel like by year 2 under Young we're going to be a very competitive ACC team, and after that the sky is the limit.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

, but I feel like the fact that we may struggle at times this upcoming season is going to make us fans appreciate it even more when the team turns the corner and starts really winning

Preach. I watched some JJ hoops in person that was turrible. Just turrible. It made me REALLY appreciate the last few years under Buzz. Yeah next year might have some growing pains, but it might just pay off in spades later on, and that's gonna be fun to watch.

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I agree 100%. Last year was honestly kinda stressful with so many games feeling like a must win. This year is going to be pretty chill, no expectations and just watch the young guys grow. Then hopefully we can get back in the dance soon.

Of course we'd all take last year's season again in a heartbeat. But there is a real beauty in watching a young team grow from struggling freshmen to experienced vets carrying us in the tournament.

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This is awesome news! I guess it helps that Darius is related to Coach Webby, but it can't be understated how valuable our assistant coaches have been putting our future team together. I'm really excited to see how this plays out. We might not be a serious factor this year, but watch out in years 2 and beyond. I'm STOKED!

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Outside of Blackshere, this couldn't be going any better. Lock down PJ Hall and we're looking at what could finish as a top 5 class. This is how you build excitement !

actually, Twitter is saying we get PJ Hall and 247 ranks our class as the #1 for 2020. don't know if there's any truth to that (just scanning my feed) but this just blows my mind at the possibility...

It would give us a 60.47 which would be good for #1 right now. Putting it in with last year's rankings, it would be #21

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Does anybody else besides me get hugely disappointed that the same people on here who were up in arms about the hiring of Mike Young being a terrible hire, are now the same people lauding him? The same people that hated this hire are now using Coach Young's recruiting prowess as now the proof that they are right about Fuente. What's amazing, those same people were jumping up and down about VT football recruiting in February with our class.
Whether it is us or another school most of these people are trying to escape from their unhappy lives to bitch here. Just look back at Clemson. The same type of people formed and gathered to try to get that unexperienced no-name Dabow dude fired because he lost a few bowl games early on. And also because he kept "clemsoning" big games.
I'm so embarrassed to be a VT fan on so many occasions reading this site. We just got a HUGE BB recruit and there are just a ton of supposed VT fans (that sound a whole lot more like whiny ass Hoo fans) who just want to bring the whole world down to their poor, pitiful existence.

? What the fuck are you on about? This site was more calm and collected about the hire than that other site call Techsideline

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Hahahahaha - you are right.

the funniest thing I've read on Twitter after the Maddox commit was that Hokies have learned to love eating crow recently

May not turn out to be a popular comment, but sums up my feelings exactly.

Well said, sir.

Right, because no one's allowed to change their minds later on. You take a position, you stick to it, you stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and let AirborneTXHokie shame you, dammit!

If this wasn't what I was supposed to take away from your post you're gonna have to tell me yourself

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

Because when you hire a coach whose biggest red flag is his ability to recruit at the ACC level and then he hires a great recruiting staff and then recruits his nuts off, you immediately feel a lot better about the initial hire.

There is no excuse for some of the venom and comments that were made about Whit ,MY over the basketball

hire . VT fans attacking VT fans who were measured and thought it was a good hire . You can try and spin it

anyway you want but there is no excuse for what was said by some posters and if people start calling them

out on it , more power to them .

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This. It's one thing to not be sure about the hire it was another seeing the outright disgust for the hire for both CMY but also Whit. TKP was a little bad places like 247 were shit holes about it. It's amazing now seeing those same people praising the hire and what's happening.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Agreed, the vitriol was over the top right after the hire was announced. But it's really disingenuous to see people on here bashing the site as a whole and sitting back and laughing, acting like they knew all along how great CMY would be. I don't think anyone could have anticipated him to have such a great impact on recruiting this early on. I don't want to start seeing "True Hokie" comments on here telling people they are better fans than them. It's a message board and the purpose is for people to share opinions, positive or negative, as long as they are within the guidelines. I just don't see the point of people coming into the thread and dumping on the community at this point. Let's just all be happy at what a great job CMY is doing and let it rest.

acting like they knew all along how great CMY would be

I took a wait and see approach to the hire and early indications are positive, but here's the thing... we still have no idea if CMY is a great hire. He still hasn't even coached a single game. Why can't we at least wait until we play a few games (or god forbid a season or two) before rushing to a conclusion? The oscillation between "terrible hire. What a disaster" and "boy was I wrong. Take notes Fuente. Brent who?" is frankly insane.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

I don't think he's proven yet at VT, but he does have a solid track record and his choice of assistants and his recruiting look pretty good. I think that's a good way to look at it.

It's almost like the general population has knee-jerk overreactions or something 🙄

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

Its fair to call someone out who said it would be a terrible hire and is now lying and suggesting otherwise.

I don't think its fair to get on someone's case who was disappointed/concerned about the hire and is excited about the recruiting class.

It wasn't as if we landed an obvious Buzz Williams-esque slam dunk hire. There were very legitimate reasons to look at a coach who most of us didn't know, who had a sub .500 tenure at Wofford, had coached in the same place for 30 years, and (by the accounts of several, well connected CBB insiders/reporters) wasn't an ace recruiter.

I am in the camp of the people who were disappointed, and concerned that this wasn't going to work out. I wasn't gathering pitchforks and torches just yet but the Buzz Williams hire & rumors around Gregg Marshall made CMY seem like big time 'meh'.

I would say that we should still hold off on lauding this as a successful hire until at least year 3. We all expect next year to be rough and the only way that CMY can change my expectations either way is if he vastly overachieves in year one. I'm pleasantly surprised and hopeful, but also don't think we can make any conclusions until we've seen several years of his coaching.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

I would say that we should still hold off on lauding this as a successful hire until at least year 3.

You can only evaluate based on the data at-hand. Thus far at Tech, early on Young is recruiting at a level necessary to compete in the ACC. He has not had the opportunity to win a game yet. To your point, that doesn't validate whether or not the hire was successful (defined in a very general sense). To me it is irrational to jump to any conclusion, either way, at this point other than he is recruiting well.

We're in agreement.

I would give him an A thus far - the only thing he "failed" to do was bring back KBJ but that may not have been possible for anyone so its unfair to deduct too many points there.

I'm slightly annoyed at some people (not on here, more on Twitter/IRL) that have been shoving the recruiting success in my face and saying "I told you so" when there's no way they were predicting this success and, to your point, we have no data on his actual coaching at VT yet.

So. Lets be happy he's recruiting well and revisit this in a few years when I'll gladly eat crow if he's crushing it.

RemindMe! 3 years.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

That is not how it works, the Mob will be back after his first loss saying how bad he is even though his recruits are not in play yet . They do not understand process takes time .

Coastal 1

The general consensus was that Mike Young was not going to be an enthusiastic recruiter but was an excellent X's and O's guy. So if the recruiting has picked up thanks to some assistant, one would only surmise that we will still get the strategist coach in MY so all signs point to a successful future, which gives the masses the confidence to strut. I bet you won't be able to find the same twitter folks when the team struggles this year, but may the Hokie Bird help you if this all pans out in Year 3.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Pretty much agree . The data will be if he gets one or two of these top remaining recruits,the VT program will have had their best recruiting year ever in his first full year . So the data will show the people that said he was a bad hire because he could not recruit at the level needed for the ACC will have been wrong ,no arguing that point any longer

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The thing he's done for me is to snap me out of a Buzz induced funk, with nothing but gloom and doom in the forecast. He's served notice, in a quietly competent way, that VT is still on the scene, with no intention of stepping back. My confidence is restored and I'm really looking forward to this season and seeing what the future will hold. This is optimism I didn't expect for a while.

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Same. I was dejected when Buzz left and honestly none of the coaches Tech was in the conversation with were backfilling that loss right then and there. Buzz is an excellent coach, his teams were fun to watch and it sucked that he bounced because he could have built something special. That's a lot to overcome via the immediate aftermath of a hire.

However, other than bringing Blackshear back in the fold (which was seemingly more of a family and business decision anyway), Mike Young has knocked every move out of the park. It's early, but the returns are promising.

I was not happy. I thought there were better options. I didn't think he would be able to recruit well. I was wrong.

Recruit Prosim

Is this the legendary new coach bounce I've heard about?

Mike Young is recruiting his pants off

How good are your sources on this? For all we know, he was never wearing pants to begin with

Mike Young is recruiting his pants nuts off

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Is it basketball season yet?

CMY is absolutely killing it. I've heard rumblings that Butch McCrae and Ricky Roe have us in their top 3....let's see happens...😏 Seriously though he's doing an amazing job well well beyond my expectations. Go Hokies baby!!!

HokieHighVPI03

I thought those guys wanted to play for Pete Bell.

I've heard rumblings that Pete Bell is in some serious hot water for recruiting violations. A source close to someone I know who's cousin knows a guy that works for the OCHO had mentions of a new farm tractor and cash given to recruits. Let's see what happens...Neon Bodeaux has apparently put us in his top five due to the uncertainty at Western University...

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I was kind of indifferent to the Mike Young hire. Didn't love it - didn't hate. I never expected him to recruit so well so soon.

I guess hindsight is... 2020...

It's incredibly impressive, but not that surprising. You can't have sustained success at a program of any size, including Wofford, without knowing what you're doing. Mike Young knows what he's doing and he hired the best available team of assistant coaches who know how to recruit in the area. All 3 of our assistant coaches have local recruiting (Virginia, DC, Baltimore) ties and now we have 2 top 100 players in the 2020 class, both fairly local recruits. Not to mention Coach Young himself knows Virginia well.

I guess hindsight is... 2020...

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Also MY apparently has a tremendous amount of respect of the people in the know in the basketball world and I mean the insiders of the insiders . He is probably regarded as a great X/O guy but a great guy to play for and learn from . If he wasn't these guys would not be coming and others giving us a very serious look . He must have a tremendous reputation inside the BBall world and he hired some coaches to compliment him in the recruiting
part that fits the VT footprin.t Buzz was a very good coach but he was not for everyone and that limited his recruiting plus the fact he was always looked to be moving on .

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I watched this guy's film. He has a post fade jumpshot that you rarely ever see out of college players let alone high school players. I don't think I can remember a Tech player ever utilizing that shot except NAW. And not only is he a great scorer, he has the potential to be a great defender as well with his quickness and long arms. The same goes for Joe Bamisile on defense. I think we're going to be seeing a Greenberg-esque defense but an offense that actually looks like they're trying to run an offense.

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Man. Just looking at our size... what it would be like to actually be BIGGER/TALLER than some of our competition???

So is it possible that MY only promised Johnson a year, and therefore we have 3 scholllies for 2020? I just want to believe that he will not play the oversign and player run off game that Bent was fond of.

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

OK yes, he is a RS Sr. per Hokie Sports update. . Had seen him listed as a Jr

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Well we only have 2 scholarships for 2020 and with 2 commitments, they are still actively recruiting so someone will leave.

For 2020 we'll have Bede, Cone, Bamisile, Maddox, Kabongo, Alleyene, Cattoor, and Radford. Those 8 players are pure backcourt players and that doesn't include wings like Wilkins and Nolley.

I think at least 1 or 2 players will have to transfer because there will be a couple guys on the bottom of the depth chart playing zero minutes and they probably won't be happy with that.

Johnson is a senior already so this is his final season no matter what.

After looking at the roster it looks like we got a walk-on, Ryan Payne. Bio

Mechanicsville walk-ons FTW

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I would suggest that the Mike Young hire has some things VT fans can learn from in the future.

1) A "name" doesn't mean anything - especially at VT. FIT means everything and Mike Young fits and brings genuine passion for the area and university. This translates to someone who can recruit (note - I'm not saying this is the only path - just saying this path works)
2) Sometimes you have to give someone a chance. If they have the traits to be successful, but just haven't had the situation don't count them out. See point #1 - experience doesn't always equate to
Success in the next experience.
3) Mike Young apparently did a great job putting together his staff if you view if from immediate recruiting dividends (not inferring it isn't good for other reasons - all of that is TBD). Kudos to someone who was met with skepticism.

Recruiting is about passion in many situations, but especially in basketball. Passion can only work if genuine and when you find a guy who fits, cares about the area, cares about the university, cares about the program you get a guy who puts that passion to work in a way that kids can relate to and want to be a part of in the future.

I am a huge Mike Young fan because he exemplifies the qualities that people loved about Frank Beamer.

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Nice, so next season we will be a basketball school again?

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Mike Young is a straight up P - I - M - P

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Is it basketball season yet?

I know it's early but just checked out the Recruiting rankings for 2020. We are sitting #3 in the ACC and #10 overall.
https://247sports.com/Season/2020-Basketball/CompositeTeamRankings/

It's only two recruits and early, but if you had told me that's where we'd be at this point under Mike, I would not have believed it. Lot's to build on.

Amazing job...

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That's great news!

Although I warn anyone who clicks on that link it's also gonna make you a little sad.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.