A Look at Virginia Tech’s Men’s Basketball Signees

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Three players, including 6-0, 165-pound DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) PG Nigel Munson, 6-7, 230-pound Oak Hill SF Jeff Allen, and 6-8, 215-pound Franklin County (Rocky Mount, VA) F Lewis Witcher, signed letters of intent for head coach Seth Greenberg last month. Techsideline.com caught up with three top recruiting analysts – PrepStars.com Talent Evaluator Brick Oettinger, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep and TSL’s own guru, Rev. Zeke – for analysis on Coach Greenberg’s 2006 class.

The Players…

Dave Telep: Nigel Munson is going to give them a presence, kind of an extension of the coach at the point guard position, but I think the guy that may come in and help them the most as a freshman is Lewis Witcher. He’s a guy who, with his back to the basket, you can dump him the basketball and he’s going to turn and score. He’s got a move and he’s going to be a good player inside for them. I think for Lewis Witcher it’s expanding his comfort zone. He’s got a radius where he scores from five feet around the basket. He’s got to expand that to where he can make that elbow jump shot from the free throw line and to where he can play facing the bucket. He’s got to develop a midrange game for another element to his game. He’s got a tremendous comfort zone around the basket, where he feels like he can score in a variety of ways. I think if he continues to expand that you’ll see his game continue to improve.”

Jeff Allen is a little bit more bouncy than Lewis Witcher and he will provide a compliment to him. Those two guys along with Munson, who is your prototypical point guard, make up a uniquely well-rounded class.

Brick Oettinger: Lewis Witcher has a lot of promise. I think he could be the best of the lot even though we have him ranked at #143. He doesn’t show you a whole lot of offensive tools right now. He has a little bit of a turnaround jump shot. He’s another kid who is close to 6-9. They may list him 6-8, but he’s going to be 6-9. He’s a rangy kid who is going to fill out and get stronger. He’s not what you’d call weak, though. He’s an aggressive player and an extremely athletic player. He runs great. He’s a leaper. He can block