Tech Bolsters Frontcourt

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Virginia Tech added another athletic frontcourt prospect to the 2005 recruiting class yesterday, when 6-8, 217-pound Lowndes (Valdosta, GA) forward Terrance Vinson verbally committed to the Hokies.

“Yes he did verbally commit to Virginia Tech,” Lowndes Head Coach Rob Williams said. “I think the main thing for Virginia Tech was his relationship with the players. The rest is pretty obvious. He has the opportunity to play in the toughest conference in the country. He is excited to play for Coach Greenberg, who he thinks will really develop his skills. Coach Greenberg has a reputation for taking players like a Terrance Vinson and developing their skills.”

Vinson, who possesses a 36-inch vertical leap, is extremely athletic for his size. His athleticism is his primary strength right now.

“What is intriguing to Virginia Tech is Terrance’s combination of size and athleticism,” Williams said. “Another thing that’s intriguing is Terrance’s work ethic. When he’s not playing basketball, he’s studying or in the weight room. Anyone with his size, athleticism and desire to become the best he can be has a lot of upside.

“He’ll be able to contribute right away on defense. He’ll be able to run the floor, rebound, defend, block shots and use his athleticism. He likes to face the basket and he’s very aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. Coach Greenberg will help him improve offensively and make him a complete player.”

As a junior, Vinson averaged 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. In addition to Virginia Tech, he had official scholarship offers from Central Florida, George Mason, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Tulane. Auburn was also showing interest.

Vinson joins 6-9 power forward/center Hyman Taylor in Tech’s 2005 recruiting class.