Mike Young is recruiting his pants off.
Blue-chip guard Darius Maddox wrapped up an official visit to Virginia Tech Tuesday and revealed his commitment to the Hokies Friday evening. The foundation of this successful recruiting strategy was laid well in advance of the trip and even beyond Young's tenure at Tech.
"First, because all of the assistant coaches on the staff recruited me before they got there," he said. "Christian Webster is actually my cousin, Chester Frazier recruited me at Kansas State and Antwon Jackson recruited me at Cincinnati. They like my game and it feels great when you have a bunch of guys who believe in you."
And the message itself was on point.
"When I went on campus it was just a lot of love and I just felt comfortable there." Maddox told 247Sports. "The coaches they told me the role that they would have me, and I was comfortable with that. Just go in and make shots and push the ball ahead on rebounds."
Rivals analyst Corey Evans is quite bullish on Maddox's prospects.
Completing his senior season at Oak Hill Academy this fall, Maddox is another strong addition to the ACC program. He is a good-sized off guard that brings plenty of toughness to the backcourt and has begun to play with greater urgency each time out. He provides for plenty of defensive potential thanks to his size and ranginess and should find a way to make for an immediate impact upon his enrollment a year from now.
Valued most for his half-court scoring abilities, Maddox is a three-level scorer that wields an effortless jumper. He has to get stronger but is a fine athlete that can finish at the basket and also create for others whenever the chance is provided. Running with the Team Durant program this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit, he posted per-game averages of 16.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and two assists.
Couple Maddox's pledge with guard Joe Bamisile's flip from Northwestern in July, and the Hokies have a helluva 2020 backcourt committed.
|Darius Maddox||⭐⭐⭐⭐ (75)||⭐⭐⭐⭐ (86)||⭐⭐⭐⭐ (99)|
|Joe Bamisile||⭐⭐⭐⭐ (65)||⭐⭐⭐⭐ (74)||⭐⭐⭐⭐ (63)|
(National rank is in parenthesis.)