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Guard Devin Wilson Commits to VT for Class of 2013

The Virginia Tech basketball Class of 2013 is now complete.  With Robert Brown’s transfer, another spot opened up and guard Devin Wilson from Montour HS in McKees Rock, PA (basically Pittsburgh) has committed to the Hokies and could sign as early as Wednesday, April 17th when the spring signing period begins.

Wilson is listed at 6’4″ so has good size, necessary in the ACC.  Both Clark and Emelogu are also 6’4″, and Muller from Germany is a metric 6’3″, so it is a tall guard class.

Wilson had offers in both football (nc state, temple, akron, and ohio) and basketball (wvu, george mason, st. joe’s, some CAA and MAAC schools, etc.) but decided to go with hoops and the Hokies.  He was a 2-star wide receiver in football, and a 3-star guard in basketball according to Rivals.com.  ESPN Recruiting Nation didn’t give him a grade (i.e. not a 3-star) but at least had an article about it.  If you subscribe to ESPN you can read it.

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  • 69Hokie

    Any word on the LOI’s from the two we have coming in today? I know it’s early, but hopefully they are anxious to be Hokies.

    • Niemo

      I would hope Hokiesports.com would announce it given what a big deal they make of Football Signing Day, but nothing is up there yet.

  • Les

    Five new guards in one class, counting transfer Adam Smith.

    • Vindictive_Pat

      True, but Emelogu and/or Clark can be used at the 3… there are plenty of good teams that use 3 guard lineups.

  • Chris

    Say what you want about JJ, but at least he’s doing all he can to make sure the Hokies have a full roster next season. That’s something Seth never really did. As of today, we have the maximum 13 guys on scholarship next season (not including walk-ons with experience, like Johnston and Beyer).

    That should lead to a great deal of competition next fall, where hopefully the best will rise up. At the very least, it’s going to give the team the ability to handle injuries like they haven’t had in the past.

    Don’t know anything about this kid, but I’m not one who goes wild over basketball recruiting rankings. It’s not like the Butlers and Wichita States of the world go out and get top 20 classes every season. Let’s see if JJ can develop these guys. I’m just excited we’re going to have a full roster for a change.

    • 69Hokie

      Well said. Look at Kentucky and their lineup of ‘superstars’.

  • Les

    The frontcourt still would not be able to handle the number of injuries incurred in 2011-2012. They lost three big men to injuries full-time that year and two more in Davila and Raines for a substantial part of the season.

  • King

    I’ve run across a few highlight reels of this kid online. I’m impressed. Good job, JJ. He’s got an ACC body, handles the ball well, attacks the basket, and can hit the outside shot. I think he may challenge for the starting point guard spot next fall. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before he transfers to another school to realize his dream of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.ramsey.9 Dan Ramsey

      The really interesting thing is that he’s never focused exclusively on basketball up until now. He’s always split his time between basketball and football. Now he’ll be focusing on basketball 100% of the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.owen.75 Max Owen

    So next years roster is, Guards: Rankin, Clark, Emelogu, Smith, Muller, and Wilson. Forwards: Raines, Eddie, Barksdale, Van Zegeren, Wood, Thompson, and Kirby. I like that we will have a full roster of 13 players, barring any other transfers, but I’m still really worried. 6 of these guys are freshman, 7 don’t have any ACC experience, and we lost our star player. Looks like it’s going to be another rough one. I’m holding out hope a few of these freshman can play good, meaningful minutes. I’m also really hoping we can actually go through one offseason without having any transfers, but because of recent history, I’m not holding my breath.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.ramsey.9 Dan Ramsey

      So what? It’s not like the guys we’re bringing back with “experience” were lighting it up last year. Personally, I think “experience” can be over-rated. Sure, it’s desirable. But given where our program is right now, I think it’s much more important that we bring in a wave of fresh & hungry new talent, and Coach Johnson has done that.

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