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5th Commitment?

MullerRumors are surfacing that 6’2″ or 6’3″ Malik Muller, a 19 year old guard from Braunschweig, Lower Saxony in Germany has committed to the Hokies.  If true (and these rumors have not been confirmed), he would fill the fifth and final scholarship available in the VT 2013 recruiting class.

It is believed he would play point guard, filling a big need for the Hokies in this recruiting class.  They’ve already addressed their needs inside with two big men, included Trevor Thompson who tweeted this morning that he is 7-foot now and 215 lbs.  Although I’ve seen Muller on some sites listed as a combo guard

Muller played in the under-18 European Championships in 2012, averaging 8.3 ppg, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 9 games for Germany.  He shot 34% from the field and 30% on 3s (9/30 – I’d assume this is the international distance which is similar to the college line and deeper than the high school 3-point line).

Muller was the MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic International Game back in 2010

Another description from 9 months ago I found calls him extremely physical for a guard (which we need on defense) – LINK

And here’s his highlight video from 12/4/12 (he’s the tiny person in white… just kidding, he’s #12 in white). Warning – the camera guy is a mile away and it has a lot of extra footage, but it looks like he has a nice stroke.

With Erick Green graduating, Marquis Rankin and Adam Smith were projected to be our point guards, but Smith is a good shooter and can work off the ball.

We’ll let you know once the story becomes official.

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10 Responses to “5th Commitment?”

  1. 69Hokie says:

    Looks promising if it’s true. These new guys have to know they should get plenty of PT. Hopefully they are immune to slumps. Do you anticipate any defections when the season is over?

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    • Niemo says:

      This is an educated guess (well, and some comments I’ve heard), but yes, I expect there will be a defection. Purely a guess though so don’t start anticipating who.

  2. HokieJCH says:

    Hokies add point guard in ’13 class w Malik Mueller

  3. Les says:

    Along with Clark, they now have two potential combo guards in the class. They needed to go back to the form they had with Dowdell-Gordon where both could lead or play off the ball. VT’s offenses have tended to stagnate with only one on the floor.
    Smith has stated in the past that he doesn’t want to play point. He’s a catch-and-shoot guard as opposed to a point guard.

  4. VTTX says:

    Muller’s shooting % in FIBA games is atrocious, I hope he doesn’t bring that stroke with him to Blacksburg. He looks to me like a classic “tweener” not a real point and not big enough to be a 2. Hope I’m wrong.

  5. King says:

    He could stand to lose a few pounds

  6. Les says:

    He’ll be a 20-year old freshman.

    He’ll no longer have the added advantage of being older and stockier. He plays more like a big guard and starts his drives in the mid-range which will be difficult to do in the ACC.

  7. 69Hokie says:

    Niemo – A question – I am aware that JJ was involved with the recruiting of several (if not most) of the players on Tech’s roster. When he was recruiting under Greenberg, did he recruit players he liked and saw potential, or did he get instructions from Greenberg? Did Greenberg take suggestions from anyone, or was it his likes only? I can’t see Greenberg taking advice from anyone, and was probably one reason he couldn’t keep assistants.


  8. Juan says:

    Not sure he’s the addition we were looking for. He’s enjoyed a nice career in the European youth levels but he’s gone from stardom with his JB classic international game MVP to just average performances lately not looking in the best shape at all.

    Anyways, he’s managed to keep himself among the top names in Germany in spite of his physical condition. I’m not sure he’ll be able to make the transition to the ACC level though.

    I’m quite skeptical with his career at VT, but still hope he’d overcome it.

    Talking about German point guards willing to play in a US college, I would go for David Taylor, but looks like as if he is focused on playing in the west coast. Muller is more of a 2guard.

    We’ll see. Not a particular fan of the majority of German prospects, I think there are better places to find interesting euros.


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