Hokies Rounding Out Strong 2007 Basketball Recruiting Class

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The middle of October is just about here, and that means the start of
basketball season is around the corner. Virginia Tech has a senior laden team
this year, which should lead to a good season on the court. Seth Greenberg and
staff have also had a good offseason on the recruiting trail, hauling in what
appears to be the best recruiting class since Greenberg’s arrival in
Blacksburg, and perhaps the best in school history.

When the 2006-07 basketball season is over, the Hokies will lose Zabian
Dowdell, Jamon Gordon, Coleman Collins, Markus Sailes and Chris Tucker, five
experienced seniors. Their departure will open the door for a number of very
talented players to join the team in 2007.

Currently, the following current scholarship players will be back for

  • Sophomores: guard Nigel Munson, forward Lewis Witcher, r-So. forward
    Terrance Vinson
  • Juniors: forward/guard A.D. Vassallo, forward Cheick Diakite, r-Jr.
    center/forward Robert Krabbendamn
  • Seniors: forward/guard Deron Washington

That’s seven players. The NCAA allows each team 13 scholarship players on
their roster. Currently Virginia Tech has secured commitments from five players
for the class of 2007, which means that as of right now, the Hokies have room to
bring in one more player in the class of 2007.

Before we talk about who that player could be, or if the coaching staff will
even want to sign a sixth player, let’s take a look at the five players that
have already made verbal pledges to Virginia Tech.

Jeff Allen, combo forward

is the highest rated member of the 2007 recruiting class. He
originally signed with the Hokies as part of the 2006 recruiting class, but he
is prepping at Hargrave Military Academy and will enroll next year. He is the
highest rated postgraduate player in the nation