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2014 SG Justin Bibbs Commits to VT

The Hokies have received a commitment from Justin Bibbs, a 6’5″ shooting guard who was originally from Ohio but now plays in Florida. has Bibbs as a 3-star and their #142 player overall in the Class of 2014.  ESPN Recruiting Nation also has him as a 3-star and the #32 shooting guard in his class.

Bibbs is the first member of the 2014 class for Virginia Tech and chose VT over offers from xavier, dayton, and cincinnati from his home state of Ohio.

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17 Responses to “2014 SG Justin Bibbs Commits to VT”

  1. Vindictive_Pat says:

    I can’t say that I miss Seth Greenberg as a coach, but I can say that I miss him as a recruiter.

    • Les says:

      This recruit comes from an area that Greenberg heavily recruited. It wouldn’t make any difference if Greenberg were here. We miss him on coaching defense, but he’d be hard-pressed to go .500 now with the conference so stacked.

      • Vindictive_Pat says:

        Regardless, the recruits that JJ has brought in up to this point have not been as highly rated on a national level as compared to the ones that Greenberg was bringing in. We can make excuses for JJ, and I’m fine with that for now, but at some point I think we’d be silly not to expect to land at least a couple of high level recruits.

        • hooleyhoopty says:

          Agreed. Bibbs is a step in the right direction. The incoming class leaves a little to be desired, at least if you go by ratings. We have the facilities and the league hopefully Johnson, like Greenberg, can get the recruits to follow.

        • King says:

          Weaver should take most of the blame for the timing of Greenberg’s firing. He didn’t do JJ any favors by hiring him in the midst of a crucial recruiting period. JJ had to scramble to put the 2013 class together last minute. It’s also my understanding that Weaver didn’t authorize JJ to make a trip out to LA for a big recruiting event this past spring. I read on the techsideline message boards that VT was the only ACC school not in attendance. It’s tough to make a fair assessment of the 2014 class, since this is the first commitment I’ve heard of to date. My overall feeling is that we won’t land big time recruits until we start winning and getting more television exposure.

          F* Weaver!

          • Vindictive_Pat says:

            I definitely agree with all of that. I actually like Trevor Thompson a lot, I think that kid is going to end up being a great player. But I just got frustrated seeing JJ land another guy who is acknowledged by all of the major services as a 3-star recruit. At some point, he’s got to bring in some 4-star guys. The recruiting services are certainly flawed in their ratings, but it’s tough to deny that the teams who make the NCAA tournament consistently are teams filled with 4 and 5 star recruits, not 2 and 3 star recruits. If JJ has to show he can win with the 2 and 3 star recruits before he gets those guys, we could be waiting a long time.

          • Dan Ramsey says:

            Sure, because star ratings are never wrong, right?.

            Where were Jamon Gordon and Zabian Dowdell ranked coming out of high school. (Hint: It wasn’t four stars.)

            When Butler played for the national title two years ago, they had exactly one four-star recruit on their entire roster.

          • Vindictive_Pat says:

            Dan, I did say this: “The recruiting services are certainly flawed in their ratings.” That should about cover Gordon, Dowdell, etc. There are always going to be exceptions, and I’m going to be extremely hopeful that JJ is finding those exceptions. Is it wrong to wish that JJ didn’t HAVE to find those exceptions, though?

          • Rich says:

            The rating services don’t always get it right, but no other ACC team is making offers to these guys. That should be a concern.

        • Dan Ramsey says:

          Pat, being rated a national Top 150 player, as Bibbs is, isn’t exactly chopped liver. Besides, JJ was the lead recruiter on most of those “highly rated” Greeberg-era recruits anyway. Given the season that VT had last year, I think that JJ is doing just fine on the recruitng trail.

          • Vindictive_Pat says:

            It’s not chopped liver, and you’d expect him to be able to grab guys like that as a coach in the ACC.

  2. King says:

    Finally…some news!!

    Decent highlight reel of Justin Bibbs:

  3. Guest says:

    dont you think we should explore the juco ranks?

    • Niemo says:

      The ACC may have rules against JUCOs. I don’t know that for sure, but they are pretty anal on the academic side of things.


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