Pellum Feels at Home at Virginia Tech

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Committing to Virginia Tech was an easy decision for Massanutten Military Academy’s Darrion Pellum . The 6-6, 215-pound guard had been to Virginia Tech on many occasions and likens Tech to “another home. I’m really comfortable going there.”

A native of Hampton (VA), Pellum, who transferred from Hampton High School to Massanutten Military Academy prior to the 2005/2006 academic year, has visited Tech many times before to spend time with friends…one in particular is certainly well known.

“I knew Virginia Tech was a great place because I used to always be there,” Pellum said. “One of my friends is Jimmy Williams. I would hang out with him and Marcus Vick a lot. Plus, I met Coach [Stacey] Palmore a while back. We’ve always had a bond. I wanted to go to Virginia Tech, but I just had to get the OK from my family and my former coach back in Hampton. Once they thought it was all right, I committed.”

The standout senior feels terrific about his choice.

“It is the best feeling in the world,” said Pellum, who also had offers from Miami, LaSalle, Providence and UNC-Wilmington. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Virginia Tech has a good team and a good recruiting class coming in with guys like Jeff Allen. I think they are putting together something big.”

Pellum reclassified and is repeating his senior year this year, something that has certainly been beneficial. He has taken advantage of this opportunity to strengthen his academics.

“I just need to take Algebra 2. I didn’t know I ever needed to take it,” Pellum said. He is hoping to major in either Physical Education or Criminal Justice at Virginia Tech. “Once I add that on my transcript, I should be fine. I’ve already scored a 950 on the SAT. I took it again, though, because I felt I could do better. I’m waiting for my latest score. I think I did better.”

This season, Pellum averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game while seeing time at the 1, 2, 3 and 4 positions. He discussed which position the Hokies want him to come in and play.

“Basically, they need a guard who can play the 1, 2 or 3,” Pellum said. “They need a guard who can handle the ball and bring the ball up the court. I can come in and play the 1, 2 or 3. I can also post up smaller