2018 G/F Jarren McAllister Commits to the Hokies

The Hokies have added their first 2018 commit.

Jarren McAllister (left) became Tech's first 2018 commitment. [@tbrill]

Buzz Williams added his first commit for the 2018 recruiting cycle, earning a verbal pledge from swingman Jarren McAllister of Wake Forest, N.C.'s Heritage HS.

Both current Hokies guard Justin Robinson and the Heritage HS basketball team Twitter account tweeted the news Friday afternoon, and McAllister confirmed his verbal to Virginia Tech with The Key Play.

"I can honestly say I have found a great organization that will benefit me for my four years there and the years after that," McAllister told The Heritage Herald. "After meeting with all the staff members and coach Buzz (Williams) I feel like Virginia Tech is the place I want to be. Everyone just made me feel welcome and it felt like I was with family."

The 6'3", 160-pound small forward/guard also held an offer from VCU, and is rated a 3-star recruit by the ranking service Future150 as well as 247Sports. According to MaxPreps, McAllister averaged 13.4 points, 3.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds over 29 games last season.

Williams hopped on the tweet machine and used just a few emoji to express his feelings on McAllister's decision.


Well, I see he up to 6'4". Shades of Bucky.

And I somehow assigned LT the Bucky Hodges joke in the other thread.
OK...so it's Friday after 5...we all know what's happening here...

A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

Deuce approves.

Welcome to the family, Jarren!

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.

Somewhat related question: This guy is class of 2018, so he will be suiting up not this fall, not next fall either, but the fall after that. When's the last time that someone committed to VT in hoops that early? Any guesses?

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.

Good question.

Another question, how does the basketball recruiting cycle work compared to football? Like when is signing day (same?) and if a kid graduates spring 2018 from high school, when would he normally begin team activities and when would he play? Do basketball players usually play as true freshman?

Sorry for all the questions but your question brought all these to my mind. I obviously don't know much about college basketball recruiting.

Edit: time stamps will get after ya.

Always choose joy.

Statistics and highlight tape look like a winner, especially if he's doing this well this far out from his senior year.

I think this one is pronounced, "Kevin."

Looks pretty smooth and under control. Has an extra gear when he needs it. Good leaping ability. If he is projected as a wing possible small forward, they must feel his wingspan indicates he will be 6'5 eventually or more.

He will start his Jr year next fall, I know I grew from then until I graduated, not too much of a stretch to think he'd grow 2 more inches

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

Heck, at the rate his stats are changing, he might already be 6'5"!

Offers to kids after their sophomore year of HS? Even I could have benefitted from that (soph was my best), but I guess if he stinks it up or breaks a leg in the next two years, the college can always retract the offer. Kinda nuts projecting recruits this far in advance - what rules are there on how early on teams can recruit players? Seems like there has to be something on the books, but then you hear about these disturbing stories of a college offering a 7th grader.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

LeBron claims that his kids started getting offers when they were around 10, so I guess there isn't a rule on when you can start offering.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

If you ever read the book Play Their Hearts Out you'd be amazed at how early kids start getting evaluated and offers from colleges. There's a story out there somewhere about Matt Carlino (former Buzz player) getting an offer from Lute Olsen when he was in 3rd grade

Wow the guy never misses!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

I like this because it shows outside chance buzz stays at least to coach this kid a couple years...

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

drives left, shoots right

rinse and repeat

(I love it BTW)

On another note, Markell Johnson to NC State.

Just out of curiosity, did we ever find a replacement for Chew?


So far this is the only official addition.

Considering the amount of coaching he did last year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Reynolds to get bumped up to the assistant position and they bring in someone else for the ops job.

McAllister made it official today at the start of the early signing period. Hopefully Nolley signs now as well to lock up the top two commits for 2018.

They'll sign in the next 36 hours

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

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