Virginia Tech is off to an early start in the 2009 men’s basketball recruiting class. Yesterday, 6-4, 185-pound guard Ben Boggs verbally committed to head coach Seth Greenberg, choosing the Hokies over offers from Davidson, James Madison, and William & Mary and interest from Michigan and UNC-Wilmington, among others.
An in-state star out of Hidden Valley High School (Roanoke, VA), Boggs is the first prospect to commit to Virginia Tech’s 2009 recruiting class.
“Virginia Tech offered a while back, when he was a freshman, so I think they have been the frontrunner all along,” Hidden Valley head coach Chris Morris said. “I think it just got to a point where a lot of things fell into place. His sister is going there now. Some other schools had offered, but they were not ACC-caliber and the ACC is where he wanted to play. I think it just got to a point where he wanted to get this thing out of the way.”
It didn’t take long for Boggs to transition to the varsity level. He played significant minutes his freshman year, averaging 13 points per game.
“He played and started as a freshman on the varsity team,” Morris said. “I think the Tech staff saw his skill set – he was able to handle the ball and make good basketball decisions – and his upside and decided to offer him as a freshman.”
As a sophomore last season, Boggs, who was a first-team all-Group AA selection, averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in leading Hidden Valley to a Region III Championship. He scored 27 points in the regional final win over William Fleming.
“He can do a lot of things,” Morris said. “He holds single game school records for assists (8) and rebounds (17). He keeps his teammates involved. He is able to go up against taller players because of his ability to jump and the fact that his arms are incredibly long. He is very wiry. People could look at him and think that he is not a great athlete, but his other abilities help to give him the edge over stronger athletes.”
Morris sees Boggs as a combo guard at Virginia Tech.
“Most of the time, I think he’ll be playing the two,”...
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