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Recruiting News | Dorian Finney-Smith and Norcom Knock Off Top 5 Findlay Prep

Dorian Finney-Smith looked poised to be Virginia Tech’s biggest recruit since Dell Curry when he committed to VT several months ago.  Well, the buzz has done nothing but increase since then.  DFS’s Norcom Greyhounds moved to 13-0 with a stunning (well, stunning to everyone but the Greyhounds) win over Findlay Prep of Nevada by a 68-66 score on Saturday.  Findlay Prep is a national powerhouse that came into this game ranked #4 in the ESPN Rise rankings and #5 in USA Today.  Norcom sat at #23 in the ESPN Rise rankings but wasn’t ranked in the USA Today top 25 or the south region top 10.  That will change in the next rankings.  Expect the defending Virginia AAA State Champs led by the reigning Player of the Year (DFS) to skyrocket up the charts.

Dorian scored just 8 points in this game (he battled foul trouble), but calmly knocked down two free throws to break a 66-66 tie with less than 10 seconds left and give the Greyhounds their 23rd straight victory.  While he didn’t have a huge game and had bad luck finishing inside, he has been dominant most of the season and has seen his stock rise.  Dave Telep of ESPN Recruiting even talked about DFS as a possible McDonald’s All-American earlier last week.

Norcom led big early, took a 12-point lead to the half, and increased it to 17 in the third quarter.  But Findlay Prep battled back and took leads of as much as 5 with 4 minutes left, before Norcom rallied and pulled out the win.

Findlay Prep features Myck Kabongo — a 5-star texas signee (#24 overall in Rivals), Nick Johnson — an arizona signee and #40 in the Rivals’ rankings, and Amir Garrett — who is going to st. john’s and is #51 on the Rivals’ list.  That’s three top 50-ish players on a private school power that can recruit players, but they were no match for the Commonwealth’s best team, a public school team no less.

For more news on the 2011 VT signees, check out our 2011 Recruiting Stats and News Page (LINK) or check out the Player Profiles (LINK)

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One Response to “Recruiting News | Dorian Finney-Smith and Norcom Knock Off Top 5 Findlay Prep”

  1. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Hahahahahaha this is freaking AWESOME!! Findlay is a perennial NATIONAL powerhouse at the high school level, and they just took an L against VA’s best public school ballers. Dorian is probably never going to be a really prolific scorer, but he is always going to stuff the stat sheet in every column. Luckily for us, C.J. Barksdale and Robert Brown are natural born scorers… gonna be great compliments to Mr. All-Everything DFS next year!!


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