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Rankin Leaves Team

Junior Marquis Rankin has decided to leave the Virginia Tech basketball team, as announced in this media release from the University (LINK).

Rankin had not suited up for a game this year and this does not come as a surprise.  What did come as a surprise to many is his decision to stay at Virginia Tech and not transfer to another school.  While I have no inside information, what this tells me is he’s just doesn’t have it in him to play college basketball anymore.  I don’t mean that in a critical way, quite the contrary, I mean that in a compassionate way.  Clearly he is dealing with some things that just take priority and we should respect that and move on, and wish him the best as he works towards his VT degree.

What will likely happen is he’ll be put on some sort of ‘no longer playing’ list so that he can stay on scholarship at VT through at least next year, but not count against Virginia Tech’s 13 basketball scholarships.  This was done for Gene Swindle (although his was due to injury… until he transferred to jmu and played there) and likely would have been done for Allan Chaney had he decided to stay at VT instead of going to high point.  Basically, the player just can’t play with that university after that point.  This is common because it shows the University cares about their players even if they give up the game, instead of taking them off scholarship.

With this news, Tech likely has one more scholarship available for next season.  They signed 3 players, have 2 leaving (Eddie and Raines), and had 1 extra this season already.  We shall see if Tech goes after anyone once it is confirmed Rankin goes off our 13 scholarships.

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VT Signees Stay Unbeaten; Norcom Rises in Polls | Recruiting News

The Virginia Tech basketball Class of 2011 remains undefeated.  With Norcom’s two district wins this week, the Greyhounds are now 17-0.  Dorian Finney-Smith streaked to 32 points against the Granby Comets on Friday.  Norcom is now ranked #5 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 Poll.  They are #13 in the USA Today Super 25 Rankings.  For some reason, they are ranked behind Findlay Prep, whom they beat a few weeks ago.  The Greyhounds are #7 in the Rivals rankings.

Hargrave’s post-grad team, featuring the three amigos — Robert Brown, Marquis Rankin, and C.J. Barksdale — recently won a game at the Basketball Hall of Fame and have since improved to 15-0.  Barksdale tends to put up the biggest scoring numbers (he had 42 earlier this season) and lead the team in rebounding, while Brown shows what a sharp-shooter he can be.  Rankin is looking like an assist machine and should battle Garland for the back-up point guard spot next year.

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2011 Recruiting Stats and News Page Added


The page linked above will keep you up to date on all published stats related to Virginia Tech’s four signees for 2011 – C.J. Barksdale, Robert Brown, Marquis Rankin, and Dorian Finney-Smith.  The first three all play for Hargrave’s undefeated post-grad team, so their games include stats for all three players.  Finney-Smith plays for the defending VA AAA champion Norcom Greyhounds.  They are off to a 2-0 start and play in the National HS Hoops Festival on Saturday night in Hyattsville, MD (Dematha HS).

The best game so far goes to Barksdale – he had 42 points and 13 rebounds against roanoke college on November 16th.

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Recruiting News | PG Marquis Rankin (’11) Commits to VT!

The Hokies picked up a huge, and I mean a gigantic size commitment this week.  Marquis Rankin, a 5’11”, 165 lb. point guard in the Class of 2011 from Charlotte, NC, committed to the Hokies over offers from two other ACC schools and two SEC schools among others. 

Rankin is ranking very highly in most recruiting services.  Scout.com rates him as the #23 overall player in the Class of 2011 and #4 PG (4-stars).  He is the 2nd highest rated 4-star recruit in Scout (the top 21 are 5-stars).  Rivals.com has him as the #26 player overall in the Class of 2011 and the #9 PG.  He is the top rated 4-star player in that Rivals class (the top 25 guys are all 5-stars). 

Rankin fills a huge need for the Hokies.  Tech had not yet signed a true point guard (in my opinion) in the next two classes.  Tyrone Garland (’10) is more of a shooting guard that can run the point (similar to how Delaney was when he came to VT) and Robert Brown (’11) is a shooting guard.  With Delaney leaving after next season at the latest, that means Erick Green will be the only true point guard in the program, and he will be a junior by the time Rankin arrives.

Rankin joins PF C.J. Barksdale (#28 overall by Scout and #78 by Rivals) and SG Robert Brown (#104 in Rivals) as part of the 2011 Class.  This class is already shaping up to be the greatest in Virginia Tech history if the Hokies can keep these three on-board and they can still add two more players in this class.  Seth plans to add a full lineup in this class, so expect VT to target at least one more big man, if not two (perhaps a PF/C and a wing player).

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