Thorns is a Hokie

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The end of the spring signing period did not prevent Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg from adding to his 2007 class. Today, Coach Greenberg and company landed Valley High School (Las Vegas, NV) point guard Hank Thorns , who announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech at an afternoon press conference.

Thorns chose the Hokies over an offer from Old Dominion and interest from Kentucky, Nevada-Reno and Virginia. He will sign non-binding scholarship papers today, but plans on sticking with his decision.

“I’m committed to Virginia Tech,” Thorns said. “I’m very excited. I plan on attending summer school on July 1st. I’m extremely excited about it.

“Basically, I enjoy the coaching staff. I really like coaching staff. I like the style of play. They play hard-nosed defense, which I like. It felt like home. I really got along with all of the players. With me coming in along with the guys they already have, I think this is one of the top recruiting classes in the country.”

Thorns made official visits to UVa and Virginia Tech in the month of May. He visited Virginia Tech late last week and had a great time, as he was given a personal tour of the campus by Coach Greenberg.

“It was great,” Thorns said of his official visit to Virginia Tech. “I felt at home with Coach Greenberg. The whole team is like a family.”

Virginia Tech’s coaches told Thorns that he could take his time with this decision, but he decided to end his recruitment anyway despite further pleas this week from Nevada-Reno and Virginia.

“It took a couple of days, but I talked it over with my dad,” Thorns said of his decision. “Virginia Tech didn’t back down. They came through with an offer and didn’t question my height or anything. I really liked that about them.”

The 5-9 star averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds and over six assists per game in his senior season. He was a 3-year starter for head coach Brian Farnsworth and earned first-team all-state honors each of the past two seasons. A two-sport star, Thorns was an all-state wide receiver on the varsity football squad his senior year.

Thorns’ breakout performance – at least in terms of recruiting focus – came on the AAU circuit this spring, as he dominated a game versus Boo Williams at the Las Vegas Spring Showcase.

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