Hokie Hoops August-September Recruiting

With Keve Aluma returning and Tyrece Radford transferring to Texas A&M, the Hokies have two scholarship spots open for the upcoming season with the additions of Storm Murphy, Sean Pedulla, Jalen Haynes, and Lynn Kidd.

c-sr c-jr c-so c-frosh frosh 2022 HS
Murphy, G Mutts (r), F Cattoor, G Maddox, G Pedulla, G Collins, G
- Aluma (r), F Alleyne, G N'Guessan, F Haynes, F -
- - Ojiako, F Kidd, C - -
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How many are we looking to take for '22?

Looks like about 5, right? Depending on attrition and transfers in.

Wartooth's Big Board
>>>Rodney Rice
>>>Tyler Nickel
>>>Noah Clowney
>>>Braden Huff

Fall visitors:

September 3
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ SG Rodney Rice Final 6: VT, Louisville, Alabama, Notre Dame, Maryland, Georgetown (visiting Louisville Sept. 17)
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ SF Tyler Nickel Final 5: VT, UNC, Iowa, LSU, Butler (visiting Aug. 27-29- Butler(cancelled), Sept. 10-12- UNC, Sep. 17-19- Iowa, late Sept./early Oct.- LSU)
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ PF Braden Huff (October TBD- Gonzaga, Oct. 30- Wisconsin)

September 6
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ PF Maliq Brown (unofficial)

September 10
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ PF Noah Clowney (Aug. 27- Indiana, Sept. 3- Florida, Sept. 24- Alabama)
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ PF Ven-Allen Lubin (Oct. 2- Clemson, Oct. 9- Notre Dame)
2022 PG Jordan Williams

September 17
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ C Patrick Wessler (Sept. 10- Providence, Sept. 25- USC, Oct. 2- NC State, Oct. 9- Ole Miss)

September 23
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ CG Chandler Jackson

October 2
2022 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ PG Bryce Lindsay Final 6: Virginia Tech, Marquette, Xavier, Oklahoma State, Georgetown, and Texas A&M
(visiting Sept 25- Oklahoma State)

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Thanks again for keeping us all up to date on this! It is very much appreciated.

Austin Ball. Class of 2023, 6-7, 185 SG out of Miller School in Albermarle, Virginia. Offers from WVU, Marshall, and others.

Another Ball brother lets go!

Wow....that Lavar really gets around

Alex Karaban to UConn, for those following. Made some noise about a VT visit last month, but never scheduled.

Also, unrelated side note- new Big Board dropping tomorrow for a VT target that makes a lot of sense for both parties.

Haven't heard from Chandler Jackson for a minute, but this is certainly how we like getting reacquainted!

Jackson got a huge ratings bump in 2021 into the 247 top 60. You can read more of our May discussion on him here.

6' 8" 230 lbs High School Junior!? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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

6-8, 220 PF out of Orlando, class of 2022. 247 profile

Visit is set for September 10, same weekend as Noah Clowney.

Academics a big part of Virginia Tech

"They have really good academics," Lubin said. "They could really benefit me, inside or outside of sports. Academics are a huge part of them, and they have a good basketball program as well. It's really another school I want to see for myself to see if they're a good fit for me."

BIG BIG BIG visitor looking at his calendar:

[Noah] Clowney is also planning to take official visits to Florida and Virginia Tech the first two weeks of September.

He'll also take an OV to Indiana.
Clowney is in my top tier of guys we have a shot with this class. 6-9, 205 4-star PF out of Dorman HS in SC. Got a nice and well-deserved rankings bump over the summer: #55 overall on Rivals, #75 in the 247 composite. Clowney possesses the size and athleticism we will need when Aluma and Mutts leave. Easy bet to make an instant impact.

I think I seen a updated aize for him somewhere. It was 6'11 225

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

I'm sure his h/w on 247 is pretty old. It's probably closer to that than what they have listed.

According to this source, Clowney is visiting Blacksburg Sept. 11 (presumably 10-12 since that's a Saturday) and Florida Sept. 4. That would put as as the last OV *currently* scheduled, which I like a lot.

Trey Green. 2023 PG (5-10, 155) out of Mooresville, NC.

Hard to find a player who can stay in front of Trey Green. With blazing speed and quickness coupled with an elite pull-up game, Green's game is suited for the high major level. His size at 5-foot-9 brings a lot of doubt, but it all should go out the window as he is lightning quick, can score, and make his teammates better while in the process of doing so.

Also friends with MJ Collins, so that can't hurt ;)

I live 5 min from his HS here in Mooresville. Guess this means the family is going to some Lake Norman HS games in full VT gear!

Guess it does! You should be in for a show- nice handles, good change of direction and speed, quick hands and feet, creates space for himself despite his size. Excited to see him progress! Sophomore highlights.

Solomon Ball (6-1, 180) made a visit. 2023 CG attending Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland. Hometown listed as across the river in Lovettsville, Virginia. Also played on Team Takeover (who lists him at 6-3) with Dug McDaniel, Justin Taylor, and Devin Ceaser. No offer yet, but starting to draw other high-major interest.

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Another of Lavar's boys?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNjQBYuMQxo

Great stroke out to NBA range. Great catch and shoot off screens with quick release. Seems like a guy who would be great fit under MY

'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'

From Baltimore Poly to Virginia Polytechnic? That sounds good to me!

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

Also a pipeline to Long Beach Poly wouldn't hurt

Date is set. 2022 true PG Bryce Lindsay will be visiting Blacksburg October 1 through 3.

"I'm looking to commit sometime next month or early October," he continued. "I'm going to be looking to figure out what college is going to prepare me for the next level, player development, where the college is located, coaching staff, and who's showing the most interest in me."

Long relationship there. One to watch closely. Solid wing prospect, would love to play in ACC.

Ah so that's who Webbie was with at the Chapel this morning.

'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'

Committed to Jorge Mason today

'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'

Denzel Aberdeen 2022 SG (6-4, 175) out of Dr. Phillips in Orlando has VT in his Top 8 with Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iona, Florida, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Ole Miss.

True PG Sean Jones appears to have committed to Marquette per his Instagram. Took a visit to Blacksburg in June.

Grid updated to reflect Radford transfer. Interested to see if this impacts Keith Williams's transfer calculus at all.

It sucks, but I'm glad it's done. It will force us to focus on just how good Darius Maddox is and how he may be primed to make a big impact on the court this year. Remember- he saw severely limited minutes last season, only shot the ball about one time per appearance, and in the one game where he played 9 minutes (against Coppin St), he was a perfect 3/3 from long range, finishing 3-for-4 from the field with 9 points.

Didn't make the Top 8 for 2023 PG Caleb Foster (Team Curry w MJ Collins). Not terribly surprised once that Duke offer came in.

cross-posted with the WBB post bc this does help our bball staff:

For real, no joke- please go show this guy some love. Twitter, Insta. Positive vibes only, as always. IU Twitter bots are out in force. RT, RT this article and tag him, leave an Insta comment, whatever you have a minute to do.

2024 offer out to 6-6 DeMatha forward AJ Swinton after a visit. It's early, but I expect AJ to continue to develop into a very good high-major prospect. No 247 profile yet, but he's already listed on at least one national Top 50 list.

Side note: 2023 SG Jacoi Hutchinson, who also holds a VT offer, will be transferring from DeMatha to play at IMG next season.

Cameron Corhen just got a CB for Illinois. Was recruited by Frazier at Tech and everything I've seen since then suggested he'd be where Frazier is.

Maybe the guy who most easily passes the knee-jerk eye test in 2023 (along with Evan Ramsey) is Carter Lang out of STAB. Visited VT unofficially today.

The crushed ball is a nice touch.

These new unis?

They look fresher than normal.

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

I believe that is Pemsl's jersey from last year. The lighting is just so egregious that it makes the uniforms look a little cleaner than usual.

Put in Donlon

Arvin in a free post said hes close to putting in a cb for Nickel as well

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

Straight shot down 81 for his parents to attend games.

Even more reason to be loud and proud on September 3. Even if you don't like CJF, do it for CMY to show these recruits what Hokie Nation is all about.

Real quick- just want to say thank you to you guys for being cool. If you read other basketball boards, you find a lot of badmouthing and sneering at other "lesser" programs. I'm really glad we're not about that here. Each of these recruits is different. They vibe different in different places with different people, and they're making the biggest decisions of their lives. Anyway, thank you again, keep being the light, and PVO.

And a THANK YOU for being cool and keeping the relevant info coming and timely. This has been one my check-first threads lately.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

Seriously, the amount of research and effort that goes into keeping tabs on all these recruits and their recruitment is incredible, and the presentation by Wartooth is easily high-quality enough to go behind a paywall somewhere. I'm just glad it's here and it's free.

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

Braden Huff is returning to Blacksburg for another visit.

The multi-faceted 6-10 forward will officially visit Virginia Tech for the second time. Huff took a trip to Blacksburg in June and will return the first weekend of September.

Coach Mike Young and his staff have been all in on Huff for quite some time and have built a relationship that earned the Hokies a second official visit to the ACC school.

Huff will be in town for the UNC game with Rodney Rice and Tyler Nickel, which will be ENORMOUS.

The flip side is Huff will also be taking a visit to Gonzaga and a return trip to Wisconsin. This one is far from over.

Read more of our discussion about Braden Huff here.

From Illinois, unless he is tired of the cold, I don't like going toe to toe with Wiscy here.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

VT makes the Final 5 for 2022 Pheonix PF Elijah Saunders (6-8, 220).

Virginia Tech: "It is kind of interesting because he was at my game and when the opportunity presented itself, I played well. I like the school a lot. Mike Young just won the ACC Coach of the year. They have really good forwards and bigs that can shoot and play off the dribble. From what they have shown, they have a lot of versatile guys and I feel I can be that as well."

Starting this weekend, Saunders will start his visit tour to all five programs that made the cut. Eyeing to sign early in November, Saunders says he hopes to make his decision by mid-October.

247 profile

I had a couple more notes on Blue here.

Happy Monday morning! BIG weekend coming up. Get in the mood with a new WBB featuring a guy I put in my top tier on first view, Braden Huff.

This dude has one hell of an offer list. West Virginia and A&M didn't even make the top seven.

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.

criminally underevaluated, as the offer list suggests

Really happy about this development. Top 5 for Patrick Wessler

Previously visited June 28. Expecting to see him back on campus soon. You can find more on him here.

(UPDATED) Wessler has set OVs:
Providence, Sept. 10
Virginia Tech, Sept. 16-18
USC, Sept. 24-26
NC State, Oct. 1-3
Ole Miss, Oct. 8-10

If NC State gets Shawn Philips, which could happen soon, that would take them out of the running. Don't sleep on Ole Miss

Top 10 for 2022 CG Chandler Jackson

Felt like a hometown Memphis lean previously, but the Hokies are getting a visit next month.

Virginia Tech: "Coach [Mike] Young really established himself in the ACC. Him and coach [Kevin] Giltner have established a good relationship recruiting me and then the opportunity I would have there playing point guard and just working to get better."

Wow, he does it all. Serious hustler, defends, rebounds, blocks shots and passes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qckut44V4_A

'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'

Chris Arvin reporting a third visitor this weekend with Clowney and Lubin. VT offered Jordan Williams in July. 6-3 PG at *210*. Apparently my guy played football, but dang if he doesn't look like a beast. Bruiser who can shoot and defend.

Hopefully we can add that dude right above him in the SC rankings as well!

#SC2VT amirite?

Before this could load, I just saw a commitment from a name I didnt know and started freaking out assuming we missed on Nickel/Rice/Clowney.

Kenny Brooks is doing a hell of a job right now.

I guess Lubin is the next man up.

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

His rating also got updated. He is now one spot higher than T Nick with the same rating. Very cool.

And it'll probably jump higher when 247 does another round of updates

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

Well speaking of updates๐Ÿ˜‚ 247 gave him a 4 star. Per 247 he's now the 110th best player in the country and on the composite he's now the 76th best player

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

College coaches should also watch this. Maybe not those on the way up, but definitely head coaches. Frank knew.

George Mason has 3 CBS for a 4 star. That's pog

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

VT made the Top 5 for Daniel Skillings, 6-5, 180 4-star SG out of Philly. Pitt, Miami, NC State, and Cincy round out the field for the Top 100 prospect.