Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball program is on the board in the class of 2014. Justin Bibbs , a 6’6″, 180-pound senior out of Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, revealed last night that he has given a verbal commitment to Tech.
Bibbs, who is a native of Dayton, Ohio, spurned offers from Cincinnati, Dayton, and Xavier in favor of the Hokies. Iowa and Minnesota had also offered and Villanova made a recent inquiry according to Ohio Basketball Club 17-under head coach Mike Duncan.
Duncan hasn’t spoken in-depth with Bibbs regarding the decision, but he did have a thought on what may have put the Hokies over the top.
“Virginia Tech really put the work in,” Duncan said. “Coaches from Xavier, Iowa, Minnesota… they called, but Virginia Tech really put the work in on him.”
Bibbs has begun his third year at Montverde. He played for the Ohio Basketball Club for the first time this past spring and summer, impressing Duncan with his versatility.
“He played both the 2 and the 3 positions,” Duncan said of Bibbs. “He kind of had some freedom because he is pretty smart. He can get in the open court and make good decisions. He could go right, left, middle… we gave him the freedom to roam the court.”
Duncan added: “A scouting service said he is a James Harden type of player. He has a nice 3-point stroke and he can get to the rack. He can also do what a lot of other kids can’t do, and that’s make a lot of players around him better. If he’s not scoring, he’ll get some steals, rebounds, and assists. And he has a good physique.”
Tech head coach James Johnson wants to get up and down the court, a style that fits Bibbs.
“That’s his game,” Duncan said. “He can play a half-court game, but if you want to get the most out of him you would play him in an up-and-down style. He’ll grab a rebound, go coast-to-coast, and set somebody up. He’s smart and he makes good decisions.”
Bibbs is Virginia Tech’s first commitment in the class of 2014. The Hokies brought in a large 2013 class and will feature five true freshmen scholarship players this season. Barring attrition, Tech has two scholarships left to use in the class of 2014.
Stay tuned to TSL for much more on Tech basketball’s newest recruit.