CMY BALL RECRUITING - WINTER 2019-20

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hey! some size to join Ojiako! Pronounced "tah-PAY". Hometown is Charlotte. Will being closer to home be a draw? Will it matter that much as he has only one year of eligibility remaining?

TapΓ© was a 2019 preseason honorable mention All-Ivy PF. This past summer he was selected as a member of the USA East Coast team that competed in Greece and scrimmaged against the USA Pan American squad.

warning: the volume on this highlight reel is VERY uneven

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Looks good! I'm just not sure Tape will stick.

(Somebody had to do it.)

"Don't go to, go through"

This guy looks pretty good. Thanks, Wartooth, for linking the Tape on this guy.

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looks like he'd be avery good addition

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

Quick feet for a big man. Sign him up.

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

DAMN! There are not many big men that can move like that with control. Ojiako is not going to be a scoring threat. This guy could be a center piece like Kerry was. Would be an excellent get for us if we can.

You have to also consider that Ojiako has roughly 2 years of basketball playing experience, we don't really know what he will be in the long term. I think there are some good signs early on, but obviously he has some current limitations to his game. Big men especially guys with real length can take time to develop, Blackshear for example wasn't anywhere near the player early on that he later became. However in the short term I agree with you, he is likely gonna be mostly defense, energy and rebounding when he starts to contribute.

John is getting better week to week. As you said, he has only been playing BB for 2 years. It is going to be fun watching him develop.

I'm very aware of his experience. My point still stands. This guy can score, move, and defend now. I have nothing against Ojiako. It's nice that he came to us to learn basketball. I'm not completely sold on Blackshear not being good early on. IMO Blackshear was allowed to shine more when 5 went down and show the skills that he wasn't really able to show earlier.

Having Ojiako play against this guy in practice would really help his development.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Remember He's currently practicing against Aluma who will have 2 years starting next year

'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'

Looks like new 2020 offer. David N'Guessan, 6-9. Could play 3 or 4 spots. Really athletic, has range past 3 and good handle so a versatile big. Looks like his offer list could blow up quick. Originally from Holland. He's playing some serious hoops competition at Mt. Zion in Baltimore.

N'Guessan

David N'Guessan Video

'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'

He's probably going to keep us n'guessan if he's going to commit or not.

We need Mr. Fudge on the team.

I love seeing pictures of the 5 size too big uniform Nike era... it's awesome. LOL. Chris Webber liked his shorts a little long in 1991...that morphed into wearing drapes on the court. Glad normal uniforms are back.

Yup, it's funny, Gordon played while I was in school, and it looked normalish, after seeing that style for years, and I played HS ball from '98-'01 so wore some of the bigger gear myself....now looking back at it, it's just ridiculous looking

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

2020 Offer: 6-4 220 SG. Baltimore Poly. Has had a couple 40+ point games lately vs good competition

'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'

No CB's? I guess he's gonna keep em N'Guessan until the very end.

Also, */looks at DePaul (7 PFs on Roster)....*/cries

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Rivals Link from last year

Recruitment: DePaul and St. Joseph are among those making him a priority.

Why his stock could rise: A product of the Netherlands, N'Guessan made a strong impression on our Corey Evans and many college coaches last weekend. He's a fluid athlete, has great hands, tracks rebounds all over the floor and has touch with the jump shot. He's well on his way to blowing up this winter.

'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'

3 visiting for Pitt game. Carter Whitt may reclassify to 2020

2020 3* PF David N'Guessan (Official Visit)
2021 4* PG Carter Whitt (Official Visit)
2022 PF/C Kel'El War
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'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'

Anyword on how it went?

I mean, we won. Winning matters to croots, right?

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N'Guessan would be a hell of a pickup

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

Preferred walk-on Gill Williamson commits. 6-8 multi-sport athlete. Looks pretty springy and good with either hand in the post. Needs a lot of work in the weight room.

https://www.techlunchpail.com/blog/virginia-tech-basketball-adds-preferr...

'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'

[blows dust off thread]

3 Hokies CBs including Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater

Nice, thanks for dusting this off! I like separating the football and basketball recruiting news.

Pontificating out, if we land him and Whitt.

Bamisile 2020 #11 SG, #70 OA
Whitt 2021 #11 PG, #74 OA
Maddox 2020 #14 SG, #92 OA
Cone 2019 ##9 PG, #102 OA
Camden 2021 #23 SF, #103 OA
N'Guessan 2020 #39 PF, #169 OA
*Kabongo 2018 #40 PG, #234 OA
Ojiako 2019 #52 PF, #246 OA

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Though Alleyne and Cattoor weren't rated very highly coming out of high school, those guys will probably be a big part of the future too. I feel like Alleyne can be like Mike Young's version of Justin Bibbs.

I agree. We just seem to have blue chips to go along with the diamonds in the rough

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pontificating?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

You don't think discussing the potential of a class with recruits that haven't even committed yet doesn't count as annoyingly dogmatic?

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

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

Come again for big fudge?

Mac Mcclung just entered the portal from Georgetown.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Would be interesting. IMO he has a lot of empty calorie stats though. I'd be interested to see how he fit onto a winning team.

I'm in the club that thinks we should have offered him out of highschool.

Hard Pass

Is it me or does our team seem to be getting much taller under Young?

it's not you

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

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

Hokies offer 2021 Center

I know the meat of the content is behind a paywall, but the basic details are there.

6-11 255 pound Center Sam Ayomide, rated 3 stars, from the Phelps School, Malvern PA. Rivals #28 Center

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Offers from La Salle, LSU, Seton Hall, TCU, Temple, Texas A&M, and VCU

6' 11" 220lbs = obligatory:

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Can we put him on a football scholarship and just let him bat down any passes that come over the line?

Click here to destroy wall.

Looks like we might try and fill the scholarship that PJ Horne left us with

Mike Young and co. shooting their shot on #4 player in the nation.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

God if VT got a player this good for basketball where individual players matter so much more we're talking about a player that would make a legit turning point to moving VT up the ACC

Go for it

Fingers crossed for some good news this afternoon

Praise Thy portal!

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

I thought Mutts was gonna announce. Goodman kinda scooped it and spoiled it. Either way, good news for us.

I think Mutts is going to be a valuable player for us but I'm worried about anyone who transfers up in basketball. There was a breakdown in The Athletic a couple weeks ago which showed that the vast majority of grad transfers who move up in conferences (i.e. going from the CAA to ACC like Mutts) see significant drops in scoring, especially once conference play starts. This could be an issue as we're still going to be incredibly young next season, even with adding Pemsl, Aluma, and Diarra.

On the upside, based on the super limited amounts of YouTube clips (see his highlights against Pitt when he was at High Point) he looks crafty around the rim (scoring and rebounding) and works hard on defense. Considering our top two returning rebounders from last season are Radford and Bede, a guy who averaged 8.4 boards will be a big help. Plus he should have two seasons of eligibility left. I don't think there were many two-year grad transfers in The Athletic article, so I could see him having a much bigger impact in year two. As always the future under CMY looks bright.

I think he's gonna be PJ horne 2.0 just a couple inches taller

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

I don't think Mutts is going to be taking many outside shots. Hopefully he'll be a solid inside presence.

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

Fair i think physically they're similar

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

CMY is amazing. Who would have thought that Buzz bailing late would kick the program to an even higher level. The 20-21 team will have a lot more size and looks to have no walk-on type players. This is probably the deepest team that I can remember and that dates back 3 decades.

buzz williams took us to 3 straight ncaa tournaments, including a sweet 16.

i like coach young and the work hes done but we arent even back at the same level as under buzz until we make multiple tournaments

Williams achieved those runs with a core group of 3-4 players in 5, KBJ, and NAW (Hill's the 4th)

Young is building what Williams didn't have, a core group and depth. Radford, Cone, Ojiako, Cattoor, Bamisile, N'Guessan, and Maddux all have at least 3 years combined to play together.

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You're severely underestimating the Portal

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

core group of 3-4 players in 5, KBJ, and NAW (Hill's the 4th)

lmao that's like 3 of the top 10-15 VT players in the last 20 years.

all have at least 3 years combined to play together

do you think they're going to 3 straight ncaa's starting this season? much less to the second weekend in any? I would love it but don't think it's likely but that's what it would take to match the results

According to 247 composite scores, 7 of the top 41 all time Virginia Tech Men's Basketball recruits are currently on the team:

  • Wabissa Bede (8th, .9703)
  • Joe Basmisile (12th, .9659)
  • Jalen Cone (16th, .9561)
  • Darius Maddox (17th, .9558)
  • John Ojiako (34th, .8812)
  • David N'Guessan (t-41th, .8678)
  • Nahiem Alleyne (t-41th, .8678)

Not saying everyone is going to pan out (there are a lot of names on that list that I do not remember at all, even highly rated guys), but that is a lot of potential currently on the roster. I don't think that we start a run of three straight tourney appearances - but neither did Buzz when he started here.

We really won't be all that young. Assuming a project starting lineup of Bede/Diarra/Alleyne or Radford or Cattoor/Mutts/Aluma, we'll be going Senior, Senior, Sophomore, Junior, Junior. And the bench will still be young but will hold a good emo unit of experience from last year

Emo? So they all listened to AFI? Hell yeah πŸ˜‚πŸ€˜

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

Mutts...can't get this out of my head

The Justin Mutts transfer really needs its own thread. Just so I can praise CMY for being amazing and not have it be buried in a recruiting thread.

Let's get this story straight. PJ Horne decides in late May that he wants to transfer to be closer to home. So basically a bomb dropped on the Hokies late in recruiting. Somehow CMY ends up getting somebody who is arguably more talented a few weeks later. What kind of bizarro world am I living in where good stuff is happening to the Hokies basketball team? While Mutts may not have the perimeter game that Horne has, he totally fills a huge need with rebounding and defensive chops. In one year CMY has taken us to a "we don't rebuild, we reload" stage.

Can someone outline where our roster stands now? Excited for our upcoming season!

13 Scholarship players. Sr: Bede, Pemsl, Diarra, Jr: Aluma, Mutts, So: Cattoor, Alleyne, Cone, Ojiako, Radford, Fr: Bamisile, Maddox, N'Guessan. Ojiako, Aluma, Pemls & N'Guessan are all over 6'8, Mutts is 6'7 so we added height, spread out the classes, added experience and depth this offseason.

1-0 every week

so, all the things?

Danny is always open

Aluma and Mutts are R-Jrs.

nm

2020-21 Hokie Basketball Team

Forwards:
r-Sr Pemsl 6-9 246, r-Jr Aluma 6-9 230, r-Jr Mutts 6-7 220, So Ojiako 6-10 240, Fr N'Guessan 6-8 195
That's 5 forwards, 4 of whom have NCAA experience, with 2 of those having Major conference experience

Guards:
r-Sr Diarra 6-4 185, Sr Bede 6-1 195, r-So Radford 6-2 195, So Cone 5-11 170, So Cattoor 6-3 205, So Alleyne 6-3 195, Fr Bamisile 6-5 175, Fr Maddux 6-4 180
8 guards, 6 of whom have NCAA experience, all at the Major conference level

Walk-ons
Sr Payne 6-8 220, Jr Palmer 6-3 190, Fr Williamson 6-8 180
Just pointing it out that we have 7 guys over 6-6 now

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