When California frontcourt prospect Jeff Pendergraph discusses his current list of interested schools, there is one that seemingly is a bit out of place.
“Right now, the schools that I am interested in are Pepperdine, Arizona State, Virginia Tech and UCLA,” Pendergraph recently told TechSideline.com. “I have just visited Pepperdine, I am going to Arizona State next weekend (September 24th) and then to UCLA (October 15th) next.
“I will also visit Virginia Tech, but that visit hasn’t been scheduled yet.”
Virginia Tech? How did the newest Atlantic Coast Conference member become the sole east coast entrant in the Pendergraph sweepstakes?
“I talked to Coach (Seth) Greenberg and he is really cool and I liked him,” said Pendergraph. “He got himself on my list with the others.”
But surely the Hokies seem a long shot to land the 6-9, 205-pound frontcourt prospect from Etiwanda (CA) HS, who came out of nowhere this spring and summer to force himself on the lists of scouts and college coaches across the country.
“It will all depend on my visits and how much I like it there when I go there (Blacksburg),” Pendergraph continued. “That’s what it will be about and I will see when I get there.”
The vibe that Pendergraph receives on each visit won’t be the only determinant, once he focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of each school. Pendergraph fully expects to make a fall decision and sign with a college during the Fall signing period in November.
“All four of the schools have offered me so far and my decision will depend on a lot of things,” Pendergraph said.” It will depend on the coach, what it’s like when I get there, the entire coaching staff and the education.
“I want to see what plans they have for me, how they will use me and how they will make me a better person, as well as a better player.”
While Pendergraph indicated that he wasn’t leaning in any direction at this time, he did indicate that the Hokies, UCLA and Arizona State were all scheduled to make, or already have made, home visits during the month.
The big man emerged during the summer, showing that he is an athletic prospect capable of being a defensive force.
“I was very pleased this summer and I think that everybody that watched me play saw what I can do. They saw that I work hard, can rebound and block shots,” said Pendergraph. “Different people say that I have improved in different areas the most, but I say that everything...
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