Blue-Chip Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker Commits To Virginia Tech

Buzz Williams secures a 4-star prospect for the Hokies' 2017 class.

[@HoopfestUSA]

Nickeil Alexander-Walker announced his commitment to Virginia Tech on Thursday.

The 6'5", 175 pound Ontario native is the Hokies' first verbal for the 2017 men's basketball recruiting cycle.

Alexander-Walker picked the Hokies over offers from Maryland and Southern Cal. In the past week, he made official visits to the Terrapins and then Hokies. According to HoopSeen.com, Tech assistant Jamie McNeilly played a prominent role in Alexander-Walker's recruitment.

"I have a very good relationship with Coach Jamie (McNeilly) and he will play a big role in my decision," Alexander-Walker told HoopSeen.com. "Coach Buzz (Williams) is a very animated person which is great to be around."

Alexander-Walker played his sophomore season at St. Louis Christian Academy (Mo.) before transferring to Tennessee's Hamilton Heights Christian Academy prior to his junior year. The highly-touted shooting guard is rated a 4-star by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. All three services list him as a top-100 recruit nationally.

Comments

Maryland fans were certain he was a lock until he visited VT. Buzz is a mastermind. Welcome to Hokie Nation, Nickeil!

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Any day that the Hokies can steal something from Maryland is a good day.

Leonard. Duh.

Well we don't need to steal any uniforms from them

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
β€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

I know i'm in the minority, but I friggin love those uniforms.

Yes, you are in the minority.

Color-blindness probably helps.

You're just behind the times then.

Barnum and Bailey is so yesterday.

Seriously... I love new uni looks but MD has some horrid combinations. HORRID!

I generally like all of what they have produced. I remember when they first busted it out, they had that helmet thing going where it was basically a variation of the Maryland flag! Not only did it look great, but how better to dominate yourself as THE school in the state by taking the flag and making it yours?! I mean, not that MD has any instate competition, but still...

Like their dignity in 2004 and 2005

Virginia Tech University

Ugh

EDIT: woops forgot to add the /s at the end of that. I mean really I could care less what the recruits call us.

srsly?

via GIPHY

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

My 2019 Season Challenge: only comment with Star Wars memes. (completed as of Nov. 29)

Actually, that's not a big deal.

Tyrod called it the University of Virginia Tech. (Of course, there are those who believe he was just messin' with us.)

We made the bed of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. We must also sleep in it.

Leonard. Duh.

Thinking back, I'm a little surprised we didn't go with Virginia A&M. (But I do think Virginia Tech sounds better.)

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

That was the first name wasnt it?

It's Time to go to Work

Virginia A&M College
Virginia A&M College and Polytechnic Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech

Whew, glad we didn't stick with #2. What a mouth full. "Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute" Imagine seeing VAMCPI on our helmets.

And the announcers saying "Vah AMCPI"

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

Yeah, but I've only ever seen it abbreviated as VAMC, not Virginia A&M.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Yes its annoying but I really doubt this deserves a downvote. Please read the guidelines if and just use common sense people...

via GIPHY

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

They can call us whatever they want, as long as they commit AND stay committed

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

The loyal spouse's creed.

My 2019 Season Challenge: only comment with Star Wars memes. (completed as of Nov. 29)

Great start for 2017 recruiting!

Beauty, eh?

VT adding back bacon to menus as we speak

Not the Gwaltney or Smithfield kind.

___

-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Naw, we're saving the Smithfield kind for our first Chinese recruit.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

My 2019 Season Challenge: only comment with Star Wars memes. (completed as of Nov. 29)

Naw, just making a comment upon the ownership of one of our oldest food brands. I have many faults, and many shortcomings, but racism isn't one of them.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Good recruiting news from the Great White North? I like it, eh!

β€œYou got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Also: this kid is a really good get for our first commit of this cycle. All aboard the hype train!

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.

Hot damn!

I miss Jon Stewart *sad face*

Kid is silky smooth in and around the paint. Looks like a terrific finisher. Great addition and happy he is a Hokie!

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Keith Wilkes-ish

Impressive game. Smooth stroke great passing good size. Great get!

Have you seen my beaver?

The Dude Abides

I wish I saw her beaver.

"Give me a fuΒ’king beer", Anonymous Genius

Did he commit to Maryland?

Just ask his initials...

Now Miami wants to talk about it...

News is going to get better. Hang on, guys.

If you're talking about Markell Johnson then you get all the legs. And bourbon too just because.

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.

More... more... more!!!

Yes, yes it is!

Still holding... How long should I hold on for? Or can I go to bed?

Edit 19 hours and 58 minutes later: I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm still holding.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

If the news you were waiting for was on Markell Johnson than it may be awhile. He tweeted this afternoon that he may not reclassify from the class of 2017. His tweets make it sound like he is on an emotional roller coaster right now. Nothing new out on Evan Maxwell yet either.

Ohio State fans right now:

Dear Bucknut Radio....

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

They get top-notch recruits all the time, but when someone else gets a good recruit, they're like:

Perfect response.

They're certainly looking at things through heavily-tinted scarlet & gray glasses, that's for sure.

LOL they like can't comprehend how we could possibly beat them for a recruit.

Duh. Buzzketball.

1) Trevor Thompson left because Buzz didn't want him here, not because OSU was a better program.
2) ACC Basketball > Big 10 Basketball and it's not even close
3) Ohio State won one more game than Virginia Tech last year but they had the #2 overall pick in the draft on their roster and we had freshman and bunch of castoffs from other programs (EDIT: My bad, D'Angelo Russell got drafted in 2015. The thrust of the point remains the same, we had the same exact amount of success this year as Ohio State in a more difficult conference with less heralded recruits).
4) Buzz Williams has historically produced better results compared to Thad Matta if you normalize for the talent they were given.
5) How dare they accuse VT of shady dealings when we haven't had any major recruiting violations in any sport since Frank Beamer was hired and the school that's accusing us has a rampant history of cheating in the past
6) Marquette's rich alumni were worried that Buzz Williams was the wrong coach for Marquette because he doesn't cheat.
7) We have one of the best AD/Presidents in the country and you hire douchebags like Gordon Gee. (EDIT: This is actually a non sequitur but I like taking cheap shots at Gordon Gee so I put it in).

2) ACC Basketball > Big 10 Basketball and it's not even close

are you sure about that? How many times has the ACC won the ACC-B1G challenge in the last 5 years? And what have those scores been?

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

I thought it was a consensus that regular season in college basketball doesn't matter.

via GIPHY

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Well, the ACC had 6 teams in the Sweet 16 compared to the B1G's 3, two Elite Eight games were all ACC teams, and a Final Four Game was two ACC teams. Plus 2 of the B1G teams in the Sweet 16 were eliminated by ACC teams. Add in the fact that no B1G teams made it past the Sweet 16 and their so-called juggernaut was eliminated by a 15 seed in the first round.

And you can't really judge it off the ACC-B1G challenge because 1) The ACC-B1G is extremely early in the season 2) The ACC has added Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Notre Dame in the past 5 years while only losing the Twerps to the B1G.

So yeah a few years ago, you could say the B1G was better, but the ACC has surpassed them easily and it's not relatively close anymore.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

5) I'd agree that our major sports have seemed pretty clean while OSU seemingly has had some questionable dealings, but wasn't the Oliver Weiss era of men's soccer pretty sketchy?

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

Don't question me with facts.

Don't question me with facts.

via GIPHY

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Yeah, I now hope we get them in the ACC-B1G Challenge. That way they can see how much our "Ole Miss stuff going on" is paying off.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

From our Hoops Whiz below:

They finished seventh in the Big Ten compared to our finishing seventh in the ACC

You might get your wish.

Bring it anOSU

via GIPHY

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

6-5, 10-1-1, 2-9, 3-8, 6-4-1, 6-5, 5-6, 2-8-1, 9-3, 8-4, 10-2, 10-2, 7-5, 9-3, 11-1, 11-1, 8-4, 10-4, 8-5, 10-3, 11-2, 10-3, 11-3, 10-4, 10-3, 11-3, 11-3, 7-6, 8-5, 7-6, 7-6, 10-4, 9-4, 6-7, 8-5..........

incredible. makes me wish we get Markell Johnson AND prove the allegations concerning Buzz Williams aren't true

They assumed they were a shoo in because if the rumors are true, it was the Ohio State coaching staff that convinced Markell to reclassify and pursue his opportunities in this class. They then thought it must be a done deal when he did decide to follow their advice. Its not like Ohio State has been trending up with Thad Matta at the helm. They finished seventh in the Big Ten compared to our finishing seventh in the ACC. They won 11 conference games to our 10. They did it with a roster very similar to ours in terms of youth playing heavily but it was also the third year in a row their win total had declined. They had multiple transfers leave the program this year, mostly citing the coaching staff as the reason, not playing time. Those transfers leaving could prevent them from making a step forward this year while Buzz and his bunch seem poised to make a leap forward even with the transfers that have left the program.

Thad Matta has also not been able to close on top talent

Ohio State's recruiting misses have added up

Unexpectedly having a few extra scholarships isn't always a bad thing, but the way the last few recruiting classes have gone for Ohio State, there may not be cause for as much optimism. The misevaluation of players, poor timing of scholarships, and failure to lock down talent close to home has clearly begun to catch up with the Buckeyes. Ohio State hasn't a problem picking up kids who may look good on the ol' 247 Sports Composite, but the results on the court haven't really matched up.

Ohio State's two-man 2016 recruiting class is only 9th in the Big Ten, which especially stings given how deep the 2016 basketball class was in the state of Ohio. You can forgive the Buckeyes for missing on the top two kids in the state, as Omari Spellman and V.J. King played HS ball out of state and didn't have the same emotional ties to Ohio, but 3rd ranked Nick Ward and 5th ranked Matt Moyer, both kids from right down the street in Gahanna, went elsewhere. Xavier Simpson, a 4-star point guard out of Lima, is Michigan bound. Seth Towns, a four-star, easily B1G caliber swingman from Columbus, is off to Harvard. Other Big Ten caliber players dot the rankings and will head elsewhere.

If Ohio State knew they'd have three or four scholarships in 2016 thanks to roster attrition, they probably would have gone after these players harder, but instead, they'll either have to fill up on graduate transfers, or roll over to 2017, which doesn't have nearly as many targets.

Ohio State missing on other, out of state prospects hurts too. The program went all-in on five star point guard Kobi Simmons, only to lose him to Arizona, where he is now a major recruiter. The Buckeyes went in on multiple big name targets before Giddens in 2015, only to come up empty as well.

There are too many three-star Ohio kids that Ohio State passed on that have become productive players, and too many recent Ohio State signees that have either left early, or not panned out. You can take a few Ls on the trail, but not over multiple years. Otherwise, things can start to snowball.

HERE

So finding out that Matta and staff were unable to close the deal with Markell Johnson if it indeed proves to be true shouldnt really be much of a surprise to Buckeye fans.

Adding a guard like Johnson would be a great get for Tech, now it would be all the sweeter to twist it in the ribs of OSU while we do it.

Rob:

In that Bucknuts radio recording the guy said:

Questionableness of the Ole Miss variety

What the heck is that? Anything you can share? He mentioned a Boardinghouse source.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

hes basically saying we must have paid him off for him to come here.

and here is his source..

Question the integrity of Buzz Williams at your own peril.

It's Time to go to Work

I have to think he is pointing to the information that came out around the NFL draft regarding Larry Tunsil at Ole Miss receiving improper benefits. The news around the draft was that even though Ole Miss had already been hit for him receiving improper benefits concerning a dealership and loaner cars, that it may have gone much deeper in his stepfather taking cash from a coach and other details regarding his recruitment. As for Boardinghouse, I suspect its a basketball fan forum although I am not a member so not specifically sure what the discussion there is.

If they read the recently released Hokie Scholarship Fund report...they would see we clearly don't have money for illegal recruiting!

We put the K in Kwality

Lol, yeah we have a scholarship fund deficit approaching and we need to raise money in order to cover the full COA, yet we somehow have plenty of money lying around to pay kids off. Plus, I'm sure OSU has never paid an athlete under the table for their commitment. I just love how the first excuse fans of pretty much any school have when a big recruit spurns them is "they must have been paid off." Like many a Buckeye I have encountered, it's hard for them to accept the reality that Ohio is not the center of the universe for everyone.

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Special Agent Dale Cooper :)

Oh good, an excuse to post this:

I've been following news on this religiously. SO. EXCITED.

Was super disappointed that they pushed it back to 2017. Also, don't know how they can justify not bringing back Heather Graham.

Good god Heather Graham is so qualified for her job.

Good god Heather Graham is so qualified for her job.

FIFY

I don't know if she can act, but she's so gorgeous.

via GIPHY

need to add Markell now...

I think the guy in your .gif is my new spirit animal.

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.

you telling me you don't know the great DJ Khaled?!?

Best part about him is his real name is Khaled Khaled. He also went to high school with Joey Fatone.

Always appreciated the irony that the huskiest member of nsync had a last name of 'Fat One'

I LOVE UNEXPECTED GOOD NEWS

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Might just be because he's really skinny, but his wingspan looks absolutely absurd for a guard. Can't wait to see him in maroon.

Don't you mean "in Mulberry"?

Add Harden and Johnson and our backcourt is looking good (and long) for quite a while

He's bringing back short shorts

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

First thing I noticed and I loved it.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

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

Dan Issel and Artis Gilmore!

So this is what it feels like when a blue chip prospect selects us.

Not going to lie, I like this better.

We put the K in Kwality

But can he play football?

Click here to destroy wall.

He'll start at TE then move to OT.

We put the K in Kwality

Blue chip? This is what it feels like? Again I take issue with this thinking in relation to bball recruiting. Blue chip usually means one and done and outside of blue blood programs it usually doesn't really equal championships or even success (see LSU). And this guy isn't a blue chip at least to my understanding of "blue chip". He's 4 star ranked around 75 overall, 1 nationally in Canada. That's a lower ranking than Clarke and Hill, it's more around Bibbs ranking. He could rise but not to top 25. This is a great recruit and a great job by Buzz and Co. that continues our level of recruiting success.

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

I just got it from the thread title.

We put the K in Kwality

fwiw rivals said in their next ranking updates he'll be up near if not in the top 50. apparently has been great on the national circuit recently.

Are we seriously picking nits on whether or not this kid is a good or great get?

This is why we can't have nice things

This is the kind of player who turns a good program into a great one. This is the kind of player who raises the floor because if you can keep bringing them in like Buzz is doing, they will be very good by the time they are juniors and seniors making for a team deep in talent that can come at you in waves. They are the kind of long term blue chippers Buzz has been stockpiling since he got here. Once these kids start rolling into upperclassmen age look out.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

While I trust Buzz's eye for talent and think Alexander-Walker will be a really good player, it's not like being a top 100 guy means you're destined for stardom.

There's lots of guys in the top 100 who don't pan out to be the players a fanbase thought they might be upon signing - for example, VCU just announced that Michael Gilmore was transferring. He was a top 100 recruit too, but he struggled to stay in the rotation at VCU and now he's heading elsewhere to find more playing time.

Of course, and being a 5* Top 10 player doesn't mean it, either.... But if you're stockpiling 2 or 3 of these kinds of kids a year, like Buzz is doing, that's where it truly becomes the situation like I described above. At that point, you're not relying on individual kids to be stars, but rather you're developing a talented team, and if you can get the result to be greater than the sum of its parts, well then you've got a really great thing going.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I don't disagree with that narrative at all. I just think we should be cautious in making statements like this:

This is the kind of player who turns a good program into a great one.

These are still 17-18 year old kids, after all.

These are still 17-18 year old kids, after all.

If that's the mindset, then why care who commits? Why care about recruiting at all? In fact, why have a dedicated forum to collegiate sports where we openly discuss college aged athletes?

Good grief, I've seen wet blankets before, but my goodness.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Never mind then. Personally, I think we just spend too much time worrying about recruiting.

But I get it. Keep on keepin on.

This! 1000%

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

He doesn't have to get taller, or quicker, or become a better shooter, or even a better ball handler to succeed on the court. If he eats right, works out, and keeps his head on straight...all things within his control...he can be a very, very good college player. Whatever color chip that is, I'll take it every time.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

If only I had a Nickeil for every time that happened...

Click here to destroy wall.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

More like

Click here to destroy wall.

Wait to you get old, you will be a millionaire by then.

What a boost for the program! Nice momentum here!

In the first video, that drive at 1:00, wow.

I have such confidence in Buzz (and his staff!) as a recruiter. I'm hopeful that I will get that way for football too (although feeling pretty burned by Crosby).

Kid didn't want to play for a school in his own province or even his own country?! don't know if i like this kid's loyalty and comittment...

/s

I just hope Buzz is still here when he gets here.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them." - Lee Corso

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

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

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Great looking recruit. Good outside shooter (based on what he showed in films!). passer and driver.

The real question: Is Buzz staying? Has all the talk of him possibly leaving gone? Facts not rumors...

Markell Johnson said on his twitter that his reclassification to a 2016 recruit is not official yet, still seems to be unsure what his plans are.

UNC-A transfer Dylan Smith, a 6'5" guard is currently on campus for a visit. I assume he would have to sit out one season if we signed him.

He looks fundamental which is what Buzz needs for his guys. He will need to bulk up a lot to handle the physical ACC play (especially on defense). He is 6'5" but doesn't attack the rim on his drives in the parts I watched but he does use his body to shield out defenders. He is young and will fill out when he gets on campus but that may limit his effectiveness early in his career. He is another block for Buzz to build with and that is what we need long term.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

So ESPN finally updated their rankings, and NAW is the 34th overall player in the country (1st in Canada.) If he continues to impress and has a big summer, he could possibly approach five star territory and also potentially be a McDonald's All American.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Rivals bumped him from 91st nationally to 52nd.

In Sam Rogers we trust.