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Trevor Thompson Commits to VT

The Hokies, and Head Coach James Johnson, have secured their first Class of 2013 commitment.  Trevor Thompson, a 6’10” center, pledged to the Hokies on Tuesday.  He attends St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.

Thompson is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports, but was not rated by ESPN Recruiting Nation or Scout.  Thompson will be a post-grad this season after completing his eligibility at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.  Trevor’s stock has been on the rise over the summer and so his ratings could improve.

Thompson’s commitment is critical for the Hokies, as it begins to address their seemingly never-ending lack of depth in the post.

According to articles on the Indianapolis Star and Roanoke Times, Thompson had not been on the varsity squad for a full season until this past season, his senior year at Ben Davis, an Indiana power.  He averaged 10 points, 8 boards, and almost 4 blocks per game.  Needless to say, he is either a late bloomer or a work in progress.

Thompson is originally from Reston, VA, having attended South Lakes High School previously (Grant Hill, Joey Beard, etc.).

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  • Chris

    Good news! The basketball team definitely hasn’t had its fair share of it lately, so this is nice to see.

  • hokiegrad

    Excellent news.

    I was looking at the roster on hokiesports.com and saw some names I don’t recognize… Adam Smith and Marcus Patrick. Both new walk-ons, I assume?

    • http://yahoo ray

      nope both are on team,patrick’s a freshman, and smith is a transfer from uncW

      • hokiegrad

        Forgot about the Smith transfer. Too much football on the brain. But I did confirm that Patrick is indeed a walk-on.

  • King
    • hokiegrad

      His dad saying “He should have a chance to come in and play right away as a freshman” worries me a little. Kid sounds like a raw talent, not one that should expect to get much playing time as a freshman. But who knows, maybe he’ll make big strides at prep school this year. And of course he may see time whether he’s ready or not with our depth situation.

      • goodraisin

        He’s still raw offensively, but there’s no reason he can’t come right in and play some backup minutes at center… he’s a good rebounder and shot blocker. Would I rather have JVZ step up and show that he can take that spot? Absolutely… but I could see how this kid’s dad might think that he’ll get minutes as a frosh.

  • http://yahoo ray

    any other recruits high on us

    • Max

      Donte Clark took a visit to Blacksburg on the 9th per his twitter:https://twitter.com/d_clark4 Supposedly it was with the whole Hargrave team. Considering Hargrave was a recruiting pipeline under Greenberg’s tenure, it could be a good sign.

    • Max

      Also, according to techsideline, we’re in hot pursuit of massanutten pg Frank Mason.

  • hokiegrad

    http://blogs.roanoke.com/courtside/2012/09/thompson-discusses-his-choice-of-vt/
    says he also had offers from Kansas State, Arizona State, Miss. State, Auburn and Southern Cal. Good quotes from his coach at the end.

  • chuck

    Smith eligible or not? UNCW is in UConn’s boat with the Academic Scores….they let the Oriaki(sp?) kid transfer from UConn (not a 5th year SR either, so no Paulus rule)

    I loved the read-up on this guy…slender with some fight to him….sounds like the second coming of Terence Vinson….or Allen Calloway (RIP)….

    • chuck

      Meant to say transfer from UConn and play right away.

    • goodraisin

      Adam Smith? He’s slender yes, but he’s a 6’0″ (being generous) combo guard. He’s not eligible for this season, and that’s what JJ is saying not just the media.

  • Les

    Notre Dame joins ACC basketball

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/notre-dame-acc-football-not-included-football-acc-141820042–ncaaf.html

    They join the conference in all sports but football and ice hockey. The football program will schedule five games against ACC opponents each year.

  • Dionis Taveras

    Just took a look at ESPN and they have Thompson ranked as a 4-star recruit. VT hasn’t had a ton of luck recruiting big men but lets hope this one pans out!

    • goodraisin

      That must be a new ranking… ESPN didn’t even have him in their database when I looked right after the announcement. At any rate, I’ve been following the kid on Twitter and all he’s been talking about is working on his game and being excited about going to VT… he can’t wait to get there… loved his visit.

    • Max

      I wouldn’t read too much into that rating. I have found that most players who play a season of prep, post graduate, are usually defaulted to either 3 or 4 stars by ESPN. If you don’t believe me, look at the National Prep Champions Brewster Academy. They have several players who could be, “one and done” and the only player who was ranked was Mitch McGary. This is because everybody else on the team was post graduate and received “default” 4 stars. Not discrediting Thompson, he could be a good player, I just wouldn’t read into his rating that much.

  • Jack

    He’s definitely going to need a good year in the weight room before he can see some meaningful action

  • Les

    I think he’s #32 in white. He receives a short lob for a dunk at 1:29.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAhKd1MRW74

    • Jack

      Trevor is 32 in blue at about 1:50 for sure

  • Jack

    Just landed Donte Clark! 6’4 180 SG/PG who goes to Hargrave. Good to know Hargrave is still somewhat of a pipeline for us

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