Leila Wells Commits To Virginia Tech

Megan Duffy picked up her first Virginia Tech commit Sunday in Leila Wells. (Ivan Morozov)

Megan Duffy picked up her first Virginia Tech commit Sunday in Leila Wells. The 5-foot-9 guard was one of Duffy’s three fall signees at Marquette.

Wells becomes the second member of the Hokies’ 2024 recruiting class, joining 6-foot-4 forward Myah Hazelton, who reaffirmed her commitment after the coaching change.

A native of Chelsea, Mich., she was a two-time all-state player and 1,000-point scorer at Chelsea High School. The Detroit Free Press rated her as the No. 5 player in the state of Michigan in December. Her high school coach, Tony Scheffler, described her as “the best player in the state.”

She scored a program-record 37 points on Feb. 29. Back on Jan. 20, she became the school’s all-time scorer at 1,222 points. Wells played with Legends U on the AAU circuit and was teammates with Michigan State commits Sinai Douglas and Hellen Holley, Ohio State commit Seini Hicks and Loyola-Chicago commit Brooklyn Vaughn. She’s also a talented track athlete and won the 2022 100m hurdles state title.

“Leila brings an incredible toughness and hard-nosed mentality,” Duffy said of Wells when she signed with Marquette in November. “She’s been the glue on her AAU Team Legends U with her ability to impact winning. Leila can wreak havoc on the defensive end and single handedly change the tempo of a game. Fans will love her ability to knock down the three and use her dynamic athleticism to get downhill.”

She reported offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Dayton, Harvard, George Washington, Illinois, Pitt, Purdue, Toledo, Western Michigan, West Virginia and Xavier.

Wells’ commitment gives Virginia Tech eight scholarship players for the 2024-25 season. It’s a very guard-heavy group at the moment, but the Hokies have seven open scholarships to utilize.

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  1. Hey, fans. Let’s not give up on the 5 spot so fast. Megan had two other Marquette recruits who might also want to follow her to Tech. One might be a tall one. Hey, you gotta hope. Go, Hokies!

  2. Need a couple more at the 4 & 5 spot..it’s a bit late to get those out of the portal now but CMD knows what she’s doing..It will most likely take 2 recruiting classes for her to get the foundation laid for her program going forward..Got a feeling her teams are going to get out and run,it’s going to be fun watching fast break basketball again..

  3. Great recruit and great athlete and can’t wait to see her play next year!, Welcome to the best fan base in the ACC! Great job Megan! Go Hokies!🏀🏀

  4. So like all top programs……if you want to win now got to get legit inside players. So power forwards and centers. Either we get this done or the glory days go away with the old coach leaving.

    1. might not find good 4/5 players this late…we can still field a competitive team going small ball. Look what NCSU men’s did this year and Villanova a few years back (four guards as I recall).

      Give coach a few years to set her system and recruit to her needs.

      1. There were several other decommits and transfers from Marquette that have not yet committed… Might see a few more dominos fall soon…

    2. well .. you’re a ray of sunshine. Jeez. She hasn’t coached her first game yet. Find some fresh oxygen Blitz.

    1. Yeah, I kind of admire that. I wouldn’t begrudge her going to Harvard. But…it’s good to have smart girls on the team.

  5. Big time recruit! High school coach said she is the best in the state of Michigan. That is saying something for sure. Coach Duffy’s 1st recruit is a good one! Congrats Coach Duffy! 🦃🏀💯🔥😊👍🇺🇸🦃

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