Tech Targets in Southern Invitational

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Virginia Tech is already off to a good start in the 2008 class, having landed dynamic guard/forward J.T. Thompson and guard Shamarr Bowden. But, especially in light of the recent news on Gus Gilchrist, Virginia Tech could be looking to add another in the 2008 class. Several potential targets were in Charlottesville this past weekend for the Southern Invitational, which featured potential Tech targets for future classes as well.

Assuming Gilchrist is gone – probably a safe assumption – Virginia Tech would currently have at least one spot available in the 2008 class assuming there is no attrition or de-commits. Virginia Tech made the initial cut for 5-star Benedictine (Richmond, VA) forward Ed Davis recently, but the Hokies are not considered to be one of the favorites ultimately. UVa, UNC and U-Conn are the likely teams to beat right now, with many feeling that the ‘Hoos are in good position right now.

One of Davis’ teammates on Boo Williams’ 17-under squad is 6-8, 275-pound forward/center Reggie Johnson. Johnson is a space-eater in the middle, a wide-body who is pretty light on his feet. He is a good athlete for his size. He does show a nice touch around the basket and his offensive game is improving. As a junior this past season, he averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks per game. Johnson told me that he is receiving heavy interest from Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Old Dominion, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. The Hokies are giving him a serious look. Asked if he had any favorites, Johnson replied, “all of them are even.” Johnson did say that he wants to make a college decision at the beginning of his senior year of high school.

Several guard prospects are also getting looks from the Virginia Tech staff. They are Kevon