The days of VT's roster topping out in the 6-5, 6-7 range are over. Mike Young is looking for bigger, longer players who can play with the best in the ACC. On Sunday, Mike Young landed the (literal) big one. Patrick Wessler, the #4 prospect in talent-rich North Carolina for 2022, has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Excited to announce that I have committed to @HokiesMBB to further my basketball and academic pursuits. Appreciate @CoachMKYoung and the rest of the Hokie staff for the great weekend. Let's go Hokies!🦃🏀🔥 @CombineMbb @CCEliteBBall pic.twitter.com/QSPoDsgBpg— Patrick D. Wessler (@BigPatWessler) September 19, 2021
The center out of the Combine Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, chose the Hokies over offers from Ohio State, Iowa, Southern Cal, NC State, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Providence, Creighton, and others. He had scheduled visits in June to NC State, Wake Forest, Ohio State, and Cincinnati, as well as an official visit to Providence last week.
The Hokies were one of the first major programs to offer Wessler at the beginning of this year. He took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech on June 28 and committed on an official visit to Blacksburg this weekend.
Over the last year, college coaches took increased notice of Wessler's talent in the paint, where he's most comfortable posting up, rebounding, and blocking shots, but they also like the big lefty's evolving abilities on the outside. He's a really fun player to watch throw a shoulder and impose his will at the rim. Like any player looking to make the jump from high school to the ACC, Wessler will benefit from time in Tech's strength and conditioning program, but at 7-0, 235 (260?), he's coming in with plenty to work with.
"I have a really good relationship with [Virginia Tech's] coaches. They have a great history with bigs," Wessler told 247 earlier this month. "This past year their top two players were big men which is big. They're also in the ACC which is a big man's league so that's really appealing to me."
Wessler is Virginia Tech's second commitment in the 2022 class, joining South Carolina CG MJ Collins, and bringing Hokies' class up to #65 overall in the nation with spots left to fill. Rated a three-star prospect, he holds a 247 Sports composite score of 0.8936.