It was another relatively slow week for Virginia Tech when it comes to recruiting, but there’s still some important stuff to cover. Here’s your basketball-heavy weekly recruiting update.
Basketball adds walk-on center Fullard
Virginia Tech basketball has reportedly added Nicholas Fullard to their roster as a walk-on for the 2016 season.
Fullard, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from LaPlata, MD., joins the Hokies from Belmont Abbey, a Division II program in North Carolina. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Fullard will have to sit out the 2016-2017 season.
Martin Unger, who coaches Fullard at Belmont Abbey, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Fullard, “Can shoot threes, can pass, can dribble and has some really good post moves. … What they’re getting is someone who can pick up whatever they’re doing, because he’s very smart on the court. And he’s a pretty good player with his back to the basket. He’s certainly capable of scoring on the low block and defending on the low block.”
Fullard played in 28 games last season for Belmont Abbey, averaging 18.3 minutes per game. He registered 3.2 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. Fullard, who has two years of eligibility remaining will join Seth LeDay as players who must sit out the season for Virginia Tech due to NCAA transfer rules.
Four basketball prospects visit Virginia Tech
De’Vondre Perry (Class of 2017), Lindell Wigginton (Class of 2017) and Keyontae Johnson (Class of 2018) all reportedly visited Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Perry, a 6-foot-6 small forward out of Baltimore, MD., also narrowed down to a list of five schools he’s still considering.
I'm thankful & blessed for all the schools that took time to recruit me but I'll be moving forward with these 5 🤘🏾🏀 pic.twitter.com/pHbpO9ITYt
— Dre Perry 2⃣2⃣ (@Dreperry22) August 22, 2016
The 3-star recruit has 11 scholarship offers overall, including Dayton, St. Joeseph’s and Central Florida.
Wigginton is a big-time point guard prospect playing at Oak Hill Academy. Wigginton is rated as a 4-star recruit by the 247Sports composite rating and is ranked as the second-best player in Virginia. Wigginton released his top seven on August 7:
Top 7 😝 pic.twitter.com/wyZ0VR4vll
— Lindell Wigginton (@LW6_LT) August 7, 2016
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard has 16 scholarship offers at this point.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward from Norfolk, VA., is ranked as a 3-star prospect for the Class of 2018 and has scholarship offers from Tech, Maryland Eastern Shore and Providence.
Class of 2017 point guard Mike Okauru also reportedly visited Virginia Tech last week on Monday. Okauru is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound recruit out of Brewster Academy. Okauru has yet to report a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, but he currently has offers from Clemson, Old Dominion and Rutgers.
Class of 2018 OL decommits from Michigan, considering Virginia Tech
Jalil Irvin, an offensive lineman for the ’18 class decommitted from Michigan last week, while also receiving an offer from Virginia Tech.
Irvin, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 280-pounds, is a 4-star prospect out of Stone Mountain, GA., with offers from Tech, Michigan, Illinois, Tulane and Georgia.
New reported basketball offers
Virginia Tech basketball reportedly offered Class of 2017 recruits Matt Turner and Brandon Huffman, as well as Class of 2019 recruit Francis Okoro.
Turner is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard who plays for Blair Academy. The 3-star prospect has scholarship offers from eight schools, including Hofstra, Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Huffman is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward who plays for Word of God Christian Academy. The 3-star recruit has 19 scholarship offers, including offers from Baylor, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, LSU, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and VCU.
Okoro is a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward from Normal, IL. He’s a 4-star recruit and has eight scholarship offers, including offers from Alabama, Illinois, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.