Hokies Add More Beef – 2013 Center Maurice Kirby Commits to VT

This coming season, like many over the last 10 years, will see the Hokies struggling with the fact they have almost no depth on the interior post.  Well, Coach Johnson is trying to doing something about that, at least for the future.  Tech got a commitment from 6’9″, 230 lbs. Maurice Kirby out of Arizona.  Kirby originally committed to arizona state to be close to home (Chandler, AZ is just southeast of Phoenix and a few miles from Tempe, where asu is), but later re-opened his recruitment.

Kirby might be a huge recruit physically, but he was not a big recruit nationally.  Tech beat out the likes of northern arizona, loyola-chicago, and brown to get him.  He is rated just a 2-star by Rivals and ESPN Recruiting Nation (#37 center on the ESPN list), and wasn’t rated at all by 247Sports.  Still, we need beef, and he’ll bring that.  Is Kirby a project or was he just undervalued?  Time will tell, but probably worth the gamble given Tech has 5 scholarships available this year and Maurice is just the third commit (along with another center, Trevor Thompson, and wing Donte Clark).

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  • goodraisin

    Piecing together some different things I have heard:

    It sounds like Kirby was the #2 center prospect in his class when he was a sophomore. At some point after that, he gained a lot of weight which really hurt his development. He has supposedly shed that weight since his last evaluation by the major recruiting services. I don’t know if this means he’ll be ranked highly by the end of his senior season, but the truth is he’s probably somewhere between a 5-star prospect and a 2-star prospect. He’s at least a 3, and with enough work this season, could be a 4 by the time he leaves high school.

  • Jack

    Bringing in a guy who can flat out stroke it! Ben Emelogu, 6-5 190 – SG from Texas. We’re all over the map lately!

    • Max

      Well I guess its encouraging to see that we are getting players from other parts of the country to commit. But, I can’t find much about this kid, and just like with Kirby, we didn’t beat out any bcs schools to get him. He also isn’t rated by any of the major recruiting services. I’ll have to hold my judgement on this kid. Here’s to us finding a true pg to top of the class of 2013!

    • Les

      He has three HM offers from Washington, Marquette, and TCU.

      http://bustingbrackets.com/2012/10/14/virginia-tech-basketball-ben-emelogu-commits/

      • Max

        Thanks for the link Les! I had no idea that he had those offers. Sounds like a solid pickup.

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