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Hokies Miss Out on Key Target – Frank Mason

Virginia Tech felt really good about their chances of landing Frank Mason, a 5’11″ point guard who is ranked #131 overall by Rivals.com in the Class of 2013.  Mason, from Petersburg, VA and the same high school as Cadarian Raines, originally committed to towson university, but decided to go to Massanutten Military Academy for a post-grad year.  He re-opened his recruitment, but verballed to kansas after a visit to Lawrence this past weekend.

Tech currently has two recruits in their Class of 2013 (G Donte Clark and F/C Trevor Thompson).  They only have nine scholarship players on the roster for this coming season (eight active plus transfer Adam Smith), and we know they’ll lose at least one player (Erick Green) after this season.  That means VT could sign up to five players in this class and still fit within the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships.

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  • goodraisin

    That sucks, he would have been a good fit for VT. I can see the appeal though… after this season and the graduation of Elijah Johnson, Kansas has a big question mark at the point guard position. I still wonder if Mason will ever get to be a starter at KU though… elite programs don’t ever seem to have point guards who are under 6’0″ tall. Self will certainly be gunning for an elite prospect at PG for the 2014 class.

  • King

    I tried emailing this to your contact email, theteam@techhoops.com, but received an undeliverable error message. I think I entered it correctly. Anyway, here’s a good recruiting website that someone (the creator perhaps) posted on the Techsideline message board a couple weeks ago:
    http://www.verbalcommits.com/schools/virginia-tech

    • goodraisin

      Wow, that is a very impressive site. Removes all of the BS and just gives the average fan what they are looking to see.

  • Max

    Well that sucks. I thought Mason would’ve been a nice pickup for us. I kind of had a bad feeling though when he unofficially visited Tech 3 times, but still went to Kansas. Kansas is just an elite program who will beat VT 99 times out of 100 for a recruit.

  • Jack

    Picked up big man, Maurice Kirby. 6’9 230 from Arizona

  • HokieGuru

    Jack is right – we picked up 2-star – and I think he will move to 3-star – Maurice Kerby.

  • HokieGuru
  • goodraisin

    Well, JJ has definitely been busy, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the busyness pays off. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about getting two big men who, although they have great potential, are kind of projects. I trust JJ’s eye for talent though, and same with his staff.

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