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After Robert Brown announced his decision to transfer, many Tech fans wondered what Coach Johnson would do with his scholarship. Obvious logic indicated that he may choose to add a sixth body to this 2013 recruiting class. But, that’s easier said than done. The 2013 class, in most cases, has already been signed. Only a handful of prospects remain and most of them are still uncommitted for a reason.
Enter Devin Wilson who has flown under the radar for much of his recruitment. His lack of playing on an elite AAU team helped him stay unnoticed as well as his admiration for football. Last year, Wilson decided to pursue a football scholarship rather than a basketball one. Although he earned several in both sports, none of the big-named local schools came through with an offer for the 6’4” wide receiver.
Thus, Wilson returned to the court for Montour, his high school, and shined during his senior season. So much so that he earned offers from Oregon, Villanova, Alabama, Robert Morris, and several others. Pittsburgh, Maryland, and West Virginia were showing heavy interest as well.
Wilson decided to turn those suitors down to come play for Virginia Tech. After reviewing his film, I don’t blame him. James Johnson obviously pitched Erick Green’s senior season to him. It’s one that he may have the opportunity to duplicate four years from now.
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For a player still available this late in the process, his film is about as good as you’re going to find. Obviously, this is high school competition but he shows tremendous ability to make contested jumpers. His handle is good and he shows tremendous court awareness on several of his assists.
To me, the biggest thing that stands out is his defense. We need players who can create “havoc” and force turnovers. I’m not saying we should follow VCU’s playbook verbatim but there’s a reason they’ve been in the tournament four straight years without many highly recruited players. That system works.
Wilson’s current size, ability, and skillset should benefit him next season. He may emerge as Tech’s best option at point guard if he can adjust to the college game quickly. If not, he’ll at least give the Hokies five more fouls and some potential off the bench. His size will also allow him to develop into a combo guard, which is something JJ searched for this season without much success.
Overall, I think you have to like this pick. Tech will go three deep at point guard next season, which is crucial since I don’t think anybody is sold on Marquis Rankin being the starter. It at least gives him several players to compete with in practice. As the old adage goes, competition makes everyone better.
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