Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball program landed its first commitment of the 2005 class yesterday, when 6-9, 215-pound Cardinal Gibbons (FL) power forward/center Hyman Taylor chose the Hokies. Taylor’s commitment was confirmed by Cardinal Gibbons Head Coach Buddy Pressley.
“Yes he has,” Pressley replied, asked if Hyman had committed to Virginia Tech. “He was getting consideration from other schools looking at him. [Florida Head Coach] Billy Donovan was looking at him. A lot of major Division I-A programs were interested, but I don’t think there was ever a point that Hyman was not considering Virginia Tech as his #1 choice. That’s because of his relationship with Coach [Ryan] Odom. Then Seth [Greenberg] got in the middle of it and the 3 of them just hit it off. Hyman was extremely comfortable with them.”
As a junior last season, Taylor averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocked shots per game. In one game last season, Taylor blocked an astounding 17 shots “against a pretty darn good basketball team,” said Pressley.
“Give Coach Odom a lot of credit,” Pressley said. “Hyman was kind of an unknown who burst onto the scene last year. Coach Odom recognized the potential and stayed right with him and closed the deal.
“Hyman is a player with tremendous upside. He came to us a junior and only played basketball the year prior. He played limited minutes as a sophomore. Once he gets to Virginia Tech he’ll go through a transition period like other young players, but he’ll adjust and I think he’ll become the strong major presence they want him to be.”
Taylor made his official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend. He decided to commit following his experience.
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